Rate It: The Supercharged, Front-Wheel-Drive Concept That Inspired the Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Before the introduction of the Genesis Coupe (and long before the advent of the Genesis brand), Hyundai showed off a bright-yellow sports coupe back in 2004.

The car, called the HCD-8—the eighth concept to come out of the Hyundai California Design Studio—was powered by V6 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission, not too unlike what would later be found in the production Genesis Coupe starting in 2009. Unlike the production model, however, the V6 in the HCD-8 was supercharged and only sent its power to the front wheels.

Other notable features included a fully adjustable air suspension, an interior with real wood flooring, and headlights and taillights composed of LEDs.

Would you have rather had the supercharged, front-wheel-drive concept go into production, or is the naturally aspirated (except for the turbo four-cylinder), rear-wheel-drive Genesis we actually got the more favorable option?

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buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
10/22/20 11:38 a.m.

I don't ever worry too much about the drivetrain layout. I really like the flat load floor and externally gated shifter. I don't like the hatch opening having that deep well though.

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
10/22/20 2:37 p.m.

I get where it looks more like a genesis overall..

but it's almost like they basically decided that they liked different parts of this and decided to split it into the Veloster and the Gensis Coupe.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/22/20 3:14 p.m.

In reply to spacecadet (Forum Supporter) :

That's a really good point.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
10/22/20 3:17 p.m.

I was thinking more Tiburon than Veloster here. As a possible next generation of Tiburon, I think it's styled a bit better - taller wheel wells and larger wheels than what made it into production, and a much nicer interior.

mad_machine (Forum Supporter)
mad_machine (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/22/20 3:36 p.m.

yes, the HCD-8 was supposed to be the next generation Tib.  

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
10/22/20 3:49 p.m.

So that's a Delta engine (2.5/2.7) with a supercharger. Alpine was doing those through the early 2000's for Tiburons.  I'd put hard money that's on a GL Tib chassis with pretty outsides/inside. 

rodknock
rodknock Reader
10/22/20 3:49 p.m.

It kind of looks like a generic Ridge Racer car to me. 

 

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
10/25/20 9:18 a.m.

Make that thing at least 8" taller and it's basically what the modern 'SUV gran coupayyyy' fad is. Maybe it was ahead of its time. 

24ktairman
24ktairman New Reader
10/25/20 2:20 p.m.

Love the gated manual shifter, no pop up touch screen, and no steering wheel controls. The hatch is great but could be refined to include more than just the glass. I'll take the boosted V6 FWD over the Natural V6 RWD. 

24ktairman
24ktairman New Reader
10/25/20 2:20 p.m.

Love the gated manual shifter, no pop up touch screen, and no steering wheel controls. The hatch is great but could be refined to include more than just the glass. I'll take the boosted V6 FWD over the Natural V6 RWD. 

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