Hyundai might be planning on creating a new performance version of the G70 sedan, according to a new report.
Korean carmaker Hyundai motor group surprised the world when they decided to create a new brand to take on Europe’s luxury carmakers. They were even more surprised when they succeeded using the same playbook as they always had: making a great car for a lesser price.
Now we hear reports that Hyundai isn’t satisfied with stealing market share from the BMW 3-Series or the Mercedes C-class. They want to get into the performance luxury market take on the M3 and the CL63, according to a new report from Road & Track.
Speaking to Hyundai chief product planner Mike O'Brien at the Detroit Motor Show, he hinted that a new performance version of the G70 might be a thing of the future. "A big effort with the G70 was thermal management, to make sure that this car will hold up," O'Brien said. "We're building for the future. I'll just say that."
Now, why would the G70 need that much thermal management? Could a performance model be in the cars?
The G70 already has quite a bit of performance already, so it’s hard to imagine just how they’d improve on an already winning formula. The top of the line model comes with a 3.3-L twin-turbo V6 that puts out 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 167 mph.
It might be possible to squeeze a few more ponies from that twin-turbo V6, but otherwise, an even larger engine might be in the cards.
We’re also not sure what Hyundai would call it. G70 N seems like a natural progression on Hyundai’s other performance models, but Genesis has always been a little different. Hyundai might want to make the G70’s performance model stand out with an entirely unique name.
Hyundai has been getting more into motorsports as of late, with the new Veloster N debuting at the Daytona in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series this month. O’Brien said he’d like to see Genesis get in on the action, but he’s not yet sure what form that will take.
"We're looking at different things, as you can imagine. Whether it's GT3 or GT4 or prototypes, we're looking at all those things," he said. "It's way too early to speculate on where we're going to go, and of course, we have to think about where we want Genesis to go, where we want Hyundai to go. No decisions have been made at this point, but certainly, we need to think about it.”