Will Genesis build a supercar? The answer is that it could, eventually … if the HyundaiMotor executives are convinced by the Western designers they’ve hired.
Speaking with Peter Schreyer and Luc Donckerwolke at the New York Auto Show last week, Australia’s CarAdvice reports that there is a desire within the company to create a supercar to cap the Genesis lineup, but that it might take a while. “It’s still some time away, something like this,” Schreyer told CarAdvice. “All these things take a little bit of time. We’re just at the beginning and things like that, you know, we need to talk about and develop more.”
Donkerwolke seemed even more optimistic. “I won’t reveal the secret now because it’s still my baby! Obviously, yes, this is part of the interest of designing a brand, being able to create [supercars]. It’s not just something which we’ll do, let’s say a rational traditional project, but there will be some highlights.”
The Hyundai N 2025 Vision Grand Turismo concept is shown above.
Both Schreyer and Donkerwolke came to Hyundai from the Volkswagen Group. Schreyer now serves as one of three presidents at Kia and chief designer for the entire Hyundai portfolio. Donkerwolke recently joined him to run the premium design office for the Genesis brand, having designed the Lamborghini Gallardo, Murcielago, and Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, among others.
Joining the likes of the Acura NSX, Lexus LFA, and Audi R8 may be a priority for the designers, but they’ll like face a difficult task in convincing the bean-counters in Seoul to ever green-light such a project. “This is very difficult for them, the company is there to exist,” said Schreyer. “It’s a business.”