Led by their U.S. team of designers, Hyundai’s brand new Vision G concept was shown off on Tuesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Marking a definite shift towards luxury styling, the Genesis coupe was created around the theme of chivalry, which according to the marque, lends the auto a flair for dramatic understatement.
“The design is our interpretation of the idea that Hyundai breathes into all of its vehicles—a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues,” explains Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s president and chief design officer.
With doors that open by themselves and a “slingshot-like appearance,” the Vision G has a 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine (which has landed spot on with 420hp at 6,000rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 5,000rpm). “With high-pressure direct injection for impressive power, low emissions and superb efficiency, this latest version of the Tau V8 benefits from an optimized intake runner length, enhanced timing chain for reduced friction and NVH, low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping.” All of that may have something to do with why the Tau V8 engine lineup has been listed on the Ward’s Auto Ten Best Engines list three times already (in 2009, 2010, and 2011).
While normally we wouldn't cover Hyundai for obvious reasons, the Vision G is surprisingly really cool for the otherwise mid-range brand—it doesn't even look like a Hyundai, which is probably what they're going for. There's no word on its price point just yet, but you can check out the concept coupe for yourself on August 16 when it will be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.