Hyundai’s engineering development team happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the upcoming 2018 Genesis G70 sedan spied undergoing hot weather testing outside of Dubai.
These images, captured by TMR during a media event for the Maserati Levante S, give the closest look yet at what to expect from the 3 Series-rivalling rear wheel drive sedan.
With one of the targeted BMW sedans along for comparison purposes, Hyundai’s engineers were caught on the challenging Jabel Jais Mountain Road in gruelling 42-degree conditions that would put any car to the test.
Two different G70 variants were along for the ride, with what appears to be a mainstream model alongside a more performance focussed range-topper.
The tell-tale difference include a single-sided dual outlet exhaust on one car, compared to a dual-outlet exhaust with Audi RS-style oval exhaust tips on the other, accompanied by a set of larger alloy wheels with upsized red brake calipers on display.
That car is expected to feature a development of the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission set to make its local debut in the Kia Stinger GT later this year, while the cooking model will likely feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Hyundai says its adaptation of the Stinger will be faster and more luxurious, aimed at going head-to-head with established performance-luxury rivals including the Mercedes-AMG C 43 and Audi S4.
The Genesis G70 is expected to be revealed in the second half of 2017 before arriving locally in summer.
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