Interviewed by Automotive News at the launch of the G90 sedan, Genesis general manager Erwin Raphael indicated that a performance line may be on the horizon for the new marque.
Performance variations of its models would allow Genesis to compete against high-powered offerings from brands like Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz, all of which have divisions dedicated to tuning and modifying their vehicles.
“I am a proponent of it,” Raphael said. “There’s some of us that are really intrigued by that.”
While cautioning that a commitment to a Genesis performance line wasn’t a certainty, Raphael mentioned that high-powered variations of Genesis models would need to be developed independently of Hyundai’s forthcoming N line, named after the company’s Namyang R&D centre south of Seoul.
Hyundai has confirmed that its first N series car will be a high-performance version of the next-generation i30.
The i30 N is expected to arrive in mid 2017.
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