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Mike Stevens | Jun 23, 2011

Hyundai's halo sports car, the Genesis Coupe, is currently available in left-hand-drive only. Building the car in one configuration allowed Hyundai to keep development costs (and the sticker price) down - but it's a decision that has kept it from our shores.

Late last year however, it was confirmed that pressure from Hyundai's UK and Australasian dealers has led the company's Korean headquarters to approve a right-hook version for the next generation of the stylish Coupe.

Now, news out of Korea is that the second-generation Genesis Coupe will make its way to Australia, although a timeline for the new model's unveiling is still sometime off.

Spy photos obtained last year reveal that the current left-hand-drive has at least one major update in the pipeline, and with its debut expected to occur later this year, it will likely be late 2013 before we see an all-new Coupe.

The Korean- and US-market 2012 update is expected to see the Genesis Coupe gain more power, with the output of its 3.8 litre V6 petrol engine growing from 234kW to 248kW.

The four-cylinder turbo's output is also expected to grow, although the report did not offer numbers. For now, the turbo Coupe offers a reasonable 157kW and 302Nm of torque.

In Australia, Hyundai will soon offer its new Veloster hatch-cum-coupe sports car, scheduled to make its local debut at next month's Australian International Motor Show.

The Veloster represents a leap forward for Hyundai, including the debut of an all-new 1.6 litre 'gamma' four-cylinder engine producing 102kW and 166Nm of torque. While certainly not overburdened with power, weighing in at just 1170kg, the Veloster should still have some shuffle.

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