I’m loving Hyundai right now. They brought us a fantastic, affordable, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe and seem to have prodded some other manufacturers into potentially following suit.
Many have touted the Hyundai Genesis Coupe as the ‘spiritual successor’ to Nissan’s 240sx, a car which sold like a hooker’s used panties in the U.S. until the drifting scene took off, long after the model had been discontinued. If I were Nissan, I’d be right pissed! Nothing motivates like a little spit in the eye.
Before the Genesis I’m sure Nissan thought it was fine with its moderate and high-end sports coupe offerings, the Z and the GT-R. But with the release of the Genesis the air in the American market has changed. It smells like tire smoke.
Nissan has not yet confirmed the development of their potential entry into the reasonably priced RWD coupe market but sources say it will be available as a roadster powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged four tuned to about 200 hp. Styling is rumored to be based on Nissan’s 2006 Urge concept car. Hopefully quite loosely. The car is set to arrive in 2011 or 2012.