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Mike Stevens | Mar 8, 2011

When it launched in early 2008, the popular Genesis Coupe led the charge in Hyundai's rush toward becoming a respected brand with its pulse on the international market.

However, as the company continues to make rapid progress with the styling of each new model, the Genesis Coupe has fallen behind.

Now, as the 2012 model year looms, new spy photos obtained this week show that the Genesis Coupe will soon get its first major update.

With significant camouflage obscuring most details, it's clear the sporty rear-wheel-drive Korean will at least get new or updated lights at both ends.

Camouflage along the rear quarter panels and doors suggest the Coupe's dramatic character lines may also be up for an overhaul.

Whether the update will be accompanied by technical upgrades remains to be seen, although there is speculation that Hyundai's 287kW 4.6 litre or 320kW 5.0 litre 'Tau' V8 engines could find their way into the line-up.

Power for the Genesis Coupe is currently provided by a naturally-aspirated 234kW V6, along with a 160kW turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

 

Australia

An Australia debut for the Genesis Coupe has so far been stonewalled by the absence of a right-hand-drive version of the Genesis Coupe.

Thanks to pressure from the UK market however, Hyundai is understood to have green-lit the development of a right-hook Genesis Coupe.

Whether that version will show up in the current generation or, a few years from now, in the second-generation Genesis Coupe remains to be seen.

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