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Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe steals the show

Hyundai unveils the Concept Genesis at the LA Auto Show.

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This year's Los Angeles Auto Show is notable for its conspicuous lack of exciting new models and concepts. One automaker to buck the trend, however, is Hyundai, which took the wraps off the best-looking car of the day when it unveiled its Concept Genesis Coupe.

The coupe is the second car to get the Genesis designation, following the Genesis Concept sedan unveiled earlier this year in New York and scheduled for production as a 2009 model.

Like the sedan, the Coupe is rear-wheel drive, and is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 that's making north of 300 horsepower.

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With its 20-inch "deep dish" alloy wheels wrapped in ZR-rated rubber, Brembo brakes--and carbon-fiber hood, roof, and ground effects--the Coupe turned heads among the assembled automotive press. And while the some of the more fanciful components might not make it to production, Hyundai product designers told us that the flowing, broad-shouldered design of the concept was very close to the shape of the production version due in early 2009.