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Hyundai's edgy coupe uncovered

2011-01-14 12:27

TRICKY: We imagine the Velostar's rear is something that needs to be seen in the metal...

Hyundai’s edgy Velostar three-door coupe has been revealed on the Detroit auto show stage.

Based on the concept car shown at the 2007 Seoul auto show, the production version of the coupe comes with a few concept-worthy features.

Most notable among these is its peculiar door configuration that includes a rear door on the passenger side to allow easier access to the cabin and provide a level of practicality to the sporty-looking machine.

Velostar’s form is said to be inspired by Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” design language: blacked-out A pillars give the car a “floating roof” appearance, while the automaker’s signature grille treatment gets interesting air scoop and grille details.

The unconventional tail door and centrall twin tailpipes add character to the car’s rear end.

Hyundai has said the Velostar will feature some of the latest technology, including the automaker’s first six-speed double-clutch transmission, mated to an efficient new 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine.

Good news is that the Velostar’s next stop on its global auto show tour will be Geneva in March, 2011, where details on European-spec models will be delivered.

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