The rear-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be built in right-hand drive and will come to the UK towards the end of next year.
The decision to build the two-seater in right-hand drive has been signed off by Hyundai management and the car will go on sale here next September.
The Genesis saloon on which the coupe is based will also be built in right-hand drive, but it will not come to the UK; it will be sold in Australia, Japan and South Africa.
Hyundai Europe and Hyundai UK differ on the car’s engine choice. Europe wants a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo, while the UK is keen on a V6.
The four-pot has 207bhp at 6000rpm and 223lb ft at 2000rpm, while the V6 produces 302bhp at 6300rpm and 266lb ft at 4700rpm. The Coupe comes with a six-speed manual ’box or a six-speed ZF auto. The US model offers a limited-slip diff as an option.
Hyundai’s product offensive will continue into 2011, with six new models. The two most significant are the Veloster coupe and the i40, which will be launched first as an estate and will replace the Sonata.
The difference between the i40 and the Sonata has been described by a Hyundai source as “the same as between the Accent and the i30”.
The i10 will get a facelift at the end of next year, as well as Hyundai’s new three-cylinder petrol engines.