After a string of fanciful idea automobiles—the X, X Speedium Coupe, and X Convertible ideas—the GV80 Coupe idea Genesis unveiled tonight at its Genesis Home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district forward of the New York auto present seems to be largely prepared for manufacturing. The faster-roofline, four-seat model of the corporate’s GV80 mid-size SUV is a sporty tackle the SUV-coupe fad, with a carbon-fiber roof and aggressive ducktail rear spoiler. Inside, is a plethora of Alcantara surrounding 4 carbon-fiber-shelled bucket seats, every with a hand pump to inflate their bolsters. Behind the passenger cabin is a beefy cross brace.
The GV80 idea is carrying big, 23-inch wheels, however could-be-sportier Pirelli P Zero Scorpion All Season tires, behind that are cross-drilled and slotted rotors clamped by giant, fixed-piston calipers. Its searing orange Magma exterior coloration is impressed by the volcanos surrounding the Korean peninsula the place the model calls residence.
Though the corporate is on a path to an electric-only lineup, the GV80 idea will get an inside combustion powertrain, one with the hum of a V-6 when it was being repositioned on the reveal occasion. Maybe this sportier coupe variant may inherit the 409-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with electrical supercharger from the G90 sedan relatively than the 375-hp twin-turbo V-6 within the present GV80 lineup.
Design boss Luc Donckerwolke mentioned on the reveal that “design is model, and model is design.” We agree, and it’s simple to see why Genesis has been on the rise of late. Though this idea strikes the GV80 in a decidedly sportier course, Donckerwolke mentioned the corporate doesn’t intend to create a sporty sub model for such a car. We anticipate to see a manufacturing model quickly.
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