The Genesis Coupe made an unapologetically bold entrance at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. But amid the literal fireworks, donuts and—it should be noted—lukewarm Van Halen covers, plenty in the motor press were questioning Hyundai's decision to not leave enough room in the engine bay for its Tau V-8.

Rumors of an upmarket V-8 model have persisted, but in a market increasingly turning to forced induction, the latest info from Korean Car Blog suggests a new twin-turbo 3.3-liter Turbo GDi engine might be what we see under the hood of the 2017 Genesis Coupe.

The engine—which was on display at the Chicago Auto Show—puts out a respectable 365 horsepower and 379 pound-feet, which is up from the current naturally aspirated 3.8-liter by 27hp and 84lb-ft. Given how conservative factory tunes are, the obvious subtext here is that these figures are only the opening bid on the numbers enthusiasts could expect to see from their engines after some tinkering.

Since its debut, the Genesis Coupe has been seen as a relative niche player, offering neither the classic sports car appeal of the FR-S/BRZ twins and the MX-5 or tire-shredding V-8 power of the Mustang or Camaro. Will the next-generation Genesis Coupe change that perception? We'll have to wait and see.


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