2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Could Have 480 HP as N Performance Model

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Hyundai has announced the N Performance division existed last year, but besides a rally car, it has done nothing yet. It could be as amazing as BMW's M badge, or it could be as worthless as Infiniti's IPL. We just don't know… yet.
A few months ago, we brought you the first details of a new twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine that Hyundai is currently working on. With small turbos on, it has been dyno-tested at 365 PS and 379 lb-ft (514 Nm) of torque. Under the bonnet of the next Genesis Coupe, that would make it a rival for the Audi S5 and Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG.

But new info has emerged suggesting Hyundai's N Division is ambitiously targeting the true performance grand masters, like the M3 or C63.

According to The Korean Car Blog, an N-badged version of the Genesis Coupe could be ready in a couple of years. We already know the twin-turbo could push 420 in the sedan because the company CEO said so, but we could be in for a 480-horsepower surprise.

Technologically speaking, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is plausible. Maserati gets over 400 hp from its 3-liter Ferrari-developed mill with plans for a 450 hp version in the near future. Meanwhile, Porsche uses a 420 hp 3-liter to motivate the Panamera S/4S.

Next Genesis Coupe chasing premium segment

It's not secret that coupe sales have been hurt by the ever-popular SUVs. But rather than give up, Hyundai is going to align the Genesis with German premium cars like the Audi A5. That will be achieved by improving interior build quality and cabin space.

In total, three engines will be available, starting with a 2-liter turbo. This has been discontinued, but since Mercedes and BMW are doing so well with downsized engines, Hyundai may decide to bring it back.

The mid-range model will use a 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6, thus competing with the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.
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