Genesis has unveiled a trio of recent racing automotive ideas designed in collaboration with Gran Turismo, destined to take their locations within the racing recreation sequence within the close to future.
The Korean marque, a part of the Hyundai Motor Group alongside Kia and electrical sub-brand Ioniq, unveiled the three vehicles throughout a particular occasion on the Monterey Automobile Week.
Every of the three fashions slots into present automobile brackets from Gran Turismo Sport, with a Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo automotive — itself cut up into three separate designs — alongside Gr.4 and Gr.3 race vehicles. Sibling autos, below the Hyundai model, exist already in GT Sport, so it’s unclear if these vehicles will exchange them or seem as new vehicles below the Genesis model.
The primary of the three, and the one automotive bodily current on the occasion is the G70 GR4. It’s primarily based on the Genesis G70 sports activities sedan, facelifted late final yr to coincide with the model’s re-introduction to the European market.
In its common type, the G70 four-door is offered with the Hyundai Lambda V6 engine, shared with the Kia Stinger, producing 365hp and in each rear- and four-wheel drive variations. Which means both model might slot into the Gr.4 class fairly simply, with the category open to any drivetrain kind.
Sitting above the G70 GR4 is the mysteriously named “X GR3”. That was introduced solely in digital type within the on-track renders you see right here, and it presents one thing of a puzzle.
It’s a two-door coupe, which is a mannequin Genesis doesn’t presently produce. Nevertheless it bears sturdy resemblance to the bigger G80 luxurious sedan on the entrance, and Genesis has registered emblems within the USA for a automobile referred to as the GT80. That means the X GR3 previews this GT80 mannequin, a substitute for the older Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
The unique Hyundai Genesis Coupe additionally used the Lambda V6, however a 3.8-liter model, as does the brand new G80. We don’t but know what’s going to energy the GT80, however it’s prone to be the identical because the common G80, which implies the 420hp 5.0 Tau V8 can also be potential, although it is going to be boosted to round 600hp for the Gr.3 automotive.
Each of the vehicles function an uncommon rose gold and black livery in these preview photos, and the Gr.3 automotive additionally has mismatched wheels — with a basic DTM-style aero wheel on the entrance axle and an open seven-spoke wheel on the rear. It is a visible throwback to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Gr.3 automotive in GT Sport, which has pink entrance wheels and black rears.
One remaining automobile within the particular occasion is a Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo automotive. This wasn’t introduced as a totally realized automobile, however previewed as three “potential” designs for the ultimate product.
Described as “an elite racing automobile”, the Genesis VGT was proven in three varieties: Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. Notably, the prototype names additionally included “GR1”, which suggests the automotive is destined for the in-game Gr.1 class. That’s a reasonably broad church which covers top-level Le Mans racers from the Eighties as much as the newest LMP1-H vehicles earlier than the switch to hypercars, but additionally a excessive efficiency highway car-based racer within the Bugatti VGT Gr.1.
It’s not clear whether or not Genesis will choose simply one in all these fashions to turn out to be the ultimate Imaginative and prescient Gran Turismo automotive, or whether or not all three will seem in Gran Turismo sooner or later.
Additionally unknown is which Gran Turismo title will see the Genesis fashions make their debut. With Gran Turismo 7 pushed back a year, the 2022 FIA GT On-line Championships will seemingly run on Gran Turismo Sport as soon as once more. That would imply we see the G70 and X fashions in Sport, however we’ll deliver you extra data as we get it.