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Hyundai Genesis Coupe news - So close, so far - 2008

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Damn those Eurocrats and their pesky red
 tape.

This is the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe, set
to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week in a blaze of distinctly
un-Hyundai-ish excitement.

But we might not see it in the UK. Boo.
Insiders say that European crash legislation may make it impossible to sell the
Genesis Coupe over here - the car is set to debut in Korea and the US - despite
the guys at Hyundai UK being seriously keen to make it happen.

We hope it does. With clean Lexus-esque
lines and those neat side creases, the Genesis Coupe has remained faithful to the
concept we saw in November. Despite it not having that slatted carbon fibre bonnet - that we
didn’t expect to stick around anyway - it’s a good-looking thing.

The thought of a 310bhp V6 driving the
rear wheels makes us even happier. That’ll be the top-of-the-range engine until
the 435bhp 4.6-litre V8 from
the Genesis saloon arrives later in the year, but it’ll do for a start.

Expect a 5.5-second 0-60 time, a top speed
of around 150mph and plenty of driving fun thanks to a rear-axle limited slip
diff and a neat six-speed manual.

It shouldn’t cost too much, either.
Hyundai says the Genesis Coupe will be the most affordable 300bhp-plus car on
the market, so expect prices way beneath the class-benchmark Audi TT -
especially when the more modest four-pot turbo engine joins the line-up.

See why we want it in the UK? Hyundai has hinted
that we could see a handful of Genesis Coupes arriving under Single Vehicle
Approval, but we want more.

Write to your local MP or organise a
leaflet campaign or something. We can make this happen. After a nice cup of
tea, obviously.

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