Hyundai Coupe Cabrio Makes Its UK Debut

The Hyundai CCS Concept Car

Hyundai Coupe Cabrio

The Hyundai CCS, a study of a future convertible Coupe, will make its first UK appearance at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, from 26 May to 4 June at the Birmingham NEC.

The CCS made its debut at last autumn’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and demand for the car has been so overwhelming, Hyundai has agreed to develop the car for production. Much of this demand has come from the UK – the biggest European market for the current hardtop Coupe. The CCS prototype is destined for the showroom by 2007.

The CCS, which stands for Coupe Cabriolet Study, is the work of Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based Research and Development Centre and renowned convertible specialists Karmann, and is based on Hyundai’s popular Coupe 2+2.

The attraction of the CCS has to be its unique three-phase slide-and-fold roof – at the touch of a button the driver can switch from a glass roof, to an open roof to a full convertible.

If the weather is changeable, the driver can retract the glass sliding roof back over the rear window (by going over the rear window, headroom is not compromised) – the side supports remain in place so should the weather change, the roof can slide back quickly into position.

Changing to a full convertible just requires the press of a second button which folds in the rear screen, and retracts the roof in a way that still gives maximum luggage space.

The folding roof system is an advance over previous convertible systems as it requires fewer pivot points. Including all the hydraulic and electrical components, the weight increase over the regular Coupe is just 140kg. Hyundai believes solar panels could easily be worked into the structure of the CCS roof design in the future.

While sharing the stylish look of the hardtop Coupe, the CCS features new 18 inch wheels with Michelin 225/40x18 tyres, as well as new front and rear light clusters.

The interior has also received special treatment, with brown leather Recaro seats, an eight way adjustment and a memory operation. The CCS also has an excellent sound system – a 280W combination of Becker hardware linked to Infinity speakers.

The usual problem with convertible cars – lack of boot space – does not apply to the CCS. It has an impressive 443 litres of boot capacity with the roof closed, 244 litres with it folded away.

The CCS uses a 2.7 litre V6 engine generating 165bhp@6000rpm, and a six-speed Aichi gearbox – both seen in the popular current Coupe 2.7 V6.

Jim Campbell, Marketing Director for Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd, said: "The Coupe has proved to be a huge hit in the UK, and we are delighted the CCS will become a reality. We will bring a new dimension to the cabriolet market, adding real value-for-money to soft-top motoring."

Published 26 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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