Hyundai Announces 389-hp Cosworth Genesis Coupe Concept [2012 SEMA Show]
You can always count on Hyundai to bring a gaggle of concepts to the annual SEMA show, and it looks like 2012 will be no different. Hyundai announced that it will be bringing to the show a Genesis coupe concept that’s been modified by famed engineering firm Cosworth. Hyundai says it has no plans for the Cosworth concept after SEMA, but that it is monitoring the public’s reaction to such an offering.
The Cosworth CGRS concept will see the standard Genesis coupe’s 3.8-liter V-6 get a bump in power from 348 hp to 389 and torque numbers increase from 295 lb-ft to 325. These gains can be attributed to the addition of a new intake and exhaust, a new engine-control system, and improved thermal management. Cosworth also adds its off-the-shelf big-brake kit and performance suspension.
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Cosworth—the engine supplier to both HRT and Marussia Formula 1 teams—also adds a new front bumper with a new splitter and integrated carbon-fiber brake ducts, a carbon-fiber side-skirt lip, and a rear diffuser—also made of carbon fiber. Bespoke gunmetal wheels and hood stripes, and an integrated trunklid spoiler add even more to the boy-racer look of Hyundai’s satin-gloss–finished concept. More Cosworth goodies unique to the CGRS were added to the inside as well, including: a steering wheel, a shift knob, new pedals, and two-tone sport seats and interior finishes.
Even if the CGRS concept never comes to fruition, Hyundai’s’ involvement with Cosworth can be seen only as a positive—Hyundai’s version of the 190E 2.3-16, anyone? More Hyundai concepts—and presumably a few from other manufacturers as well—should continue to trickle out ahead of this year’s SEMA show at the end of October.