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Hyundai HND-9 Concept is a Preview of Things to Come

4/11/2013
After unveiling the Hyundai HND-9 Concept at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, the automaker said the concept car hints at the direction the company plans to take with its next-generation luxury sports coupe. Currently, Hyundai sells the Genesis Coupe, which is constructed on the same rear-drive platform as the Genesis Sedan.

"HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai's future luxury sports coupe models," said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center. "Representing an evolution of Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design philosophy, the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe concept balances high performance with a sophisticated image."

To deliver a premium appearance, Hyundai says the HND-9 employs a long wheelbase and dramatic hood, voluminous body forms, and blacked-out windshield pillars and B-pillars to give the car a floating roof effect. The concept car is equipped with a hexagonal grille, butterfly doors, dual exhaust outlets located on either side of the license plate recess, and 22-inch wheels fronting red-painted Brembo brake calipers.

Inside, the Hyundai HND-9 Concept's design intends to convey three key concepts, according to the automaker: elegance, spiral sculpture, and a high-tech interface. Spiral-shaped metal lines, mesh seat coverings that appear to be different colors depending on the angle from which they are viewed, and a cockpit-style driving layout with a basket-handle steering wheel can be found inside. Of interest are the concept's metal doorsill plates, which read "Venace" in stylized script, a name that is also shown on the car's triangular in-dash display screen on the right rear corner of the vehicle.

The Hyundai HND-9 Concept has a direct-injection, turbocharged, 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which drives the car's rear wheels. Hyundai says the engine generates more than 360 horsepower.

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