Hyundai is not the company you think about when you bring up the words ‘luxury’ and ‘sporty’, but the Korean automaker has come a long way over the last 20 years, throwing off the reputation as a low-cost, low-quality carmaker. This makes the unveiling of the exterior renderings of the HND-9 so stunning. The HND-9 will make its debut at the 2013 Korean Motor Show.
Highlights of the HND-9 include a direct-injection, turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 370 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission, butterfly doors, and a bold, futuristic design.
The HND-9 is set to make its world debut during Hyundai’s press conference on March 28 at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. More details of the concept’s design and its cutting-edge technologies will be revealed at the show.
We salute the folks at Hyundai for not playing it safe. The HND-9 would be a bold step forward for the automaker.
Press release below:
Luxury Sports Coupe Concept HND-9
– The HND-9 hints at Hyundai’s next-generation luxury sports coupe design
– More details to be revealed at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show
March 21, 2013 – Hyundai Motor Company, the fastest-growing automaker by brand, today
unveiled exterior renderings of the ‘HND-9’, its latest luxury sports coupe concept.
The ‘HND-9’ represents an evolution of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design philosophy. The
ninth concept model developed by Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center in Namyang, Korea,
the HND-9 features sophisticated details in every design element, reinforcing a premium look.
In particular, the HND-9, with its dramatic long hood and wheelbase, is a modern
reinterpretation of the elegant image of a classic premium sports coupe.
Fluidic yet sleek character lines that stretch from headlamp to trunk, voluminous, powerful car
body and a striking, wide hexagonal-shaped radiator grille underscore the high performance
image of the concept.
Furthermore, butterfly doors, spiral-shaped lines connected to the headlamp, softly glistening
silver coating, dual twin muffler and uniquely designed head and rear lamps give the car a
sleek futuristic look.
As a rear-wheel drive, high-performance sports coupe concept, HND-9 is equipped with 3.3-
liter turbo GDi engine and 8-speed auto transmission, delivering maximum output of 370ps.
The HND-9 is set to make its world debut during Hyundai’s press conference on March 28
at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. More details of the concept’s design and its cutting-edge
technologies will be revealed at the show.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozenauto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor — which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. — sold 4.06 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.