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|2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec Review & Test Drive||
‘BUILT FOR THE ROAD AND TRACK’
The newly updated 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 turbo R-Spec is built for the road and the track. Whichever you prefer you’ll experience excitement and a quickening pulse. I tested the new, more powerful and exhilarating 2.0 turbo R-Spec Track model and loved every minute behind the wheel.
The refreshed Genesis Coupe strikes a more menacing demeanor and stance with an aggressively redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglamps and hood with heat extractor cues. The side view reveals new aggressive 19 inch alloy wheels with deeper dimensional sculpting. Finally, the rear taillights provide a visual spark via premium LED illumination and new contours. The traditional rear-drive sport coupe proportions remain, with a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs producing a classic wedge-like profile. Genesis coupe’s bodyside character line is an innovative ‘Z’ shaped design that integrates seamlessly with a unique, drop-beltline rear window graphic. Genesis coupe’s arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car’s broad shoulders, low and wide stance. To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximized. Enlarged openings in the front fascia allow for better engine breathing along with a more aggressive look. Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with the blackout rear diffuser treatment complete the performance message from the rear. The Genesis 2.0T R-Spec is one of the sleekest and sexy looking high-performing coupes on the market priced below $30,000.00.
The new redesigned turbocharged, intercooled 2.0 liter DOHC, all-aluminum, inline four-cylinder engine revs high and substitutes a new twin-scroll design for its turbocharger in addition to a larger intercooler with enhanced thermal efficiency. The twin-scroll design is more efficient at recovering exhaust energy and produces cooler cylinder temperatures than the former single-scroll design. In addition the twin-scroll is more precise with improved combustion efficiency, reduced turbo lag, leaner air/fuel ratios and more evenly distributed pressure in the exhaust ports, resulting in simultaneous power, efficiency and emissions improvements. Also, a 53% larger intercooler further reduces intake temperatures, providing denser, cooler air from which to develop even more power.
The turbocharged engine also benefits from Dual CVVT on both intake and exhaust camshafts. The 2.0 liter turbo now generates 274 hp and 275 lb.ft. of torque on premium fuel. And, unlike many competitive turbo engines, this turbo’s anti-knock sensors automatically adjust ignition timing and engine mapping to run perfectly on regular fuel, yielding 260 hp at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb.ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm. All of these improvements give the Genesis coupe 2.0T a power-to-weight ratio of 12.3 which is superior to the new Scion FR-S and Honda Civic Si. The engine also features a deeper, baritone-sounding dual cat-back dual exhaust system to complement more efficient breathing on the intake side. To ensure that all of this new power is evenly distributed to the pavement, the Genesis coupe R-Spec comes standard with a proven Torsen limited-slip differential.
This potent turbocharged and intercooled engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission that I tested, and has been extensively refined to provide more driver-friendly shift gating and balanced weighting precision. This short-throw unit was quick and fun to use. The clutch take-up feel, and engagement characteristics also have been refined for optimum shifting ease and feel. Optional is the new in-house-developed eight-speed automatic with paddle shift SHIFTRONIC manual-shifting capability. Both transmissions have been specifically tuned to match the engine’s unique power and torque curve characteristics. With the six-speed manual I was able to rocket out to 60mp from a standstill in just 5.5 seconds. I’m sure that if I had the new 8-speed my time would be a scant quicker.
Genesis coupe’s body shell makes generous use of ultra-high-tensile steel. The rear-wheel drive powertrain configuration provides a well-balanced 55/45% front-to-rear weight distribution for the 2.0T model.
No well-tuned sport coupe chassis should give the perception of being overwhelmed by its powertrain, and Genesis coupe is no exception to this rule. Spring damper and bushing rates all have been precisely recalibrated to match these new powertrains with better road feel, more precise body motion control and improved ride comfort.
Genesis coupe employs a MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension setup. The front suspension is mounted to the body via a solid subframe that is lighter and stronger than a comparable multi-piece component would be. To help reduce body roll and tune the coupe’s at-the-limit handling prowess for maximum predictability, a 23 mm diameter front and 19 mm rear stabilizer bars are fitted on the standard coupe model.
While all Genesis coupe models offer a true rear-drive sport driving experience, the high-performance Genesis coupe R-Spec and Track models raise the bar even higher with differentiated, track-tuned suspension calibrations. The R-Spec/Track suspension features firmer front spring rates (7%), and rear spring rates (11%), with matched damper rates. The Genesis coupe R-Spec/Track models also deliver a significant increase in roll control over other versions of the Genesis coupe via thicker stabilizer bars (24 mm front/20 mm rear). For 2013, all Genesis coupes receive improved low-velocity-control dampers for refined ride comfort with improved body control. In addition, all R-Spec/Track models now receive front strut camber adjustment bolts that can be easily installed in the front strut assembly at their owners’ discretion. These camber adjustment bolts allow approximately 1.5 degrees of negative front camber adjustment for sharper, more responsive apex-turn-in and significant understeer reduction in competitive events. Of course, superb Genesis coupe structural rigidity sets the fundamental foundation for dynamic precision, regardless of specific suspension calibration and that is the result of a standard thick, tubular strut tower brace over the engine bay.
Hydraulic, RPM-sensing rack & pinion steering has been recalibrated, delivering both improved road feel and agile response to your inputs with precision. To further optimize your correct reach and angle for your hands, the sporty, leather-wrapped steering wheel features manual tilt and telescoping ability.
While the ride is precise and stiff, it is never harsh. The R-Spec coupe is perfect for the enthusiast who wants a daily driver to be fun and exciting to drive and have the ability to be taken to the track for even more excitement and pulse-raising dynamics. The electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TCS) systems are turned on when you push the start button but can be turned to an intermediate function with driver powertrain override control and retained ESC/TCS braking function or can be full-off for uninhibited driver vehicle control in all conditions. The ABS function always remains on to help you maintain steering control under adverse braking conditions. Just holding the button longer activates both functions. You’ll feel ‘riding on rails’ when turning into corners no matter the severity, and incredible stability at high-speeds on the straights.
Slowing the R-Spec down from speed are awesome brakes, like standard Brembo four-piston calipers clamping down on fade-resistant 13.4 inch ventilated front brake rotors, and 13 inch ventilated rear rotors. ABS, EBD and BA help keep you in control during severe braking maneuvers and when braking on wet or slick pavement. I felt the brakes working in tandem with outstanding linear feel no matter how much force I applied. Constant braking was no problem as the fade-free vented discs quickly dissipated the heat build-up.
Inside the 2013 Genesis Coupe’s interior is a comfortable, safe and sporty environment enhanced with distinctive, upscale features and design cues. The instrument panel crash pad features a stitched-seam appearance for a distinctively upscale look, and the parking brake lever is leather-wrapped on leather-equipped models like I tested. The instrument cluster now features an electroluminescent gauge cluster for premium ambience and superior readability. A new driver-side rear seat walk-in assist function has been added for more convenient rear seat access. Convenient seatbelt assist guides make it easier for front passengers to buckle up. The manual adjustment front buckets seats have a power lumbar support adjustment and the front seatbacks now have pockets in the rear as standard equipment. The front buckets also feature very deeply cut side bolstering to keep you in place during very spirited driving. On the easy-to-use center stack a multi-gauge cluster has instantaneous information on turbo boost, oil temperature and mpg’s. A center fascia tray with cover has been added for enhanced storage and all interior surfaces now have a softer touch with lower sheen for a more up-market feel. Among other premium features are an available Infinity premium audio system and two-stage front seat heaters along with a Proximity Key and push button start/stop, both included with the R-Spec model.
Genesis coupe R-Spec also features standard Xenon HID headlights that are razor sharp providing maximum nighttime visibility. Other standard features include standard auxiliary input jacks for USB, iPod, power windows door locks, A/C, Sirius satellite radio with 6-speakers, Bluetooth hands free phone, front map lights, self-dimming rearview mirror, heated sideview mirrors, lighted dual vanity mirrors, variable intermittent wipers/washers, red leather bolster/red clothe inserts bucket seats, and front/rear floor mats.
Standard safety systems include a strong unibody construction, front/side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts for four with front load limiters/pretensioners, active front head restraints, tire pressure monitor, front/rear crumple zones and steel bars in each door.
The newly updated 2013 Hyundai Genesis coupe 2.0 Turbo R-Spec is not for everyone but the true sports car enthusiast who wants a ride where you have to maintain concentration during your drive but enjoys the thrills that driving a true high-performance car brings. This car is the ultimate for under $30,000.00, would you believe $27, 375.00 including destination, fully equipped. Now enjoy yourself!
COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base Genesis Coupe 2.0T $24,250 As-Tested Genesis 2.0T R-Spec Coupe $27,375
- Engine: 2.0-liter Turbocharged DOHC 4-cylinder 274 Horsepower at 6,000 rpm with premium / 275 lb.ft. Torque at 2,000 rpm with premium
- Wheelbase: 111 in.
- Total length: 182.3 in.
- Total width: 73.4 in.
- Total height: 54.5 in.
- Track: f/r- 63/63.6 in.
- Headroom: f/r- 39.2/34.6 in.
- Legroom: f/r- 44.1/30.3 in.
- Cargo volume: 10 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 3,392 lbs.
- Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- Fuel tank: 17.2 gallons
- MPG: 21mpg/city, 30mpg/highway
|2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Review – High Performance Luxury at a Reasonable Price||
Hyundai introduced their first full-size luxury sedan, the Genesis, in 2011. After many test drives and reviews from several auto magazines, the end result was a great looking luxury sedan but that it lacked the industry’s signature 7 or 8-speed automatic transmission and 400+ horsepower available now at ‘flagship’ vehicles from Mercedes, Infiniti, Cadillac, BMW, and Jaguar.
Well, Hyundai has been listening and shows its expertise by releasing the special edition R-Spec Genesis with a new Tau 5.0 Direct Injected, dual CVVT that features a tuned variable induction system with low-friction diamond-like coated piston skirts, rings and tappets. This normally aspirated V8 engine generates a whopping 429 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 376lb.ft. of torque at 5,000rpm. This powerful engine is mated to an all-new, smooth-shifting, Hyundai designed and manufactured 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC sequential shifting. Pinned to the seatback acceleration from a standstill to 60mph comes in just 4.7sec.
Keeping you in control during you high-performance driving is a new, sport-tuned, fully independent suspension featuring a unique 5-link design with race-bred SACHS ASD active gas-charged shock absorbers, coil springs and hollow 25mm stabilizer bar up front. The unique rear features a 5-link design also with SACHS ASK gas-charged shocks, coil springs and a hollow 18mm stabilizer bar.
I really like the sensation of control when challenging steep curving roads at high speeds as body roll was minimized and oversteer/understeer was non-existent. The electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering system gets a performance gear to give you an even higher sense feel from the road with great on-center feel. Reaction to my inputs when turning the leather wrapped and power tilt-telescoping wheel was instant and spot-on.
Quickly and safely slowing the new R-Spec down from speed are larger brake rotors, 13.6 inch vented rotors up front clamped with four-piston calipers while 12.4 inch solid rotors are clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear. Keeping you in control during severe braking times or when braking on slick or wet pavement are standard ABS, Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control.
Hyundai didn’t stop there as the R-Spec also features unique 19X8 inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels with a premium machined finish that are wrapped with optional Bridgestone 245/45R19 inch Potenza S-04 Pole Position Summer tires, dark chrome headlamp inserts including a more aggressive front grille, front fascia design with a new headlight design with LED accents and daytime running lights. Also part of the R-Spec package on the exterior are deeper lower side extensions, and flared fenders with just 1 inch tire to wheel-well gaps. New brushed aluminum finished window surround is an industry first replacing the flashier chrome strip. The rear features new redesigned LED taillights and a redesigned rear fascia with wide, integrated, dual asymmetrical exhaust tips. The high mounted trunk lid also acts as a spoiler enhancing high-speed stability. Finally, on the lower right-side of the trunk lid is a specially designed R-Spec 5.0 liter badge letting vehicles behind you know that they might not be able to easily pass you on the road. That’s up to you. The all-new Genesis R-Spec cuts through the air with an extremely low 0.27 coefficient of drag enhancing high-speed stability and lessoning wind noise.
Adding a touch of luxury ‘bling’ to the R-Spec Genesis are chrome strips around the lower front grille, below the ‘cat’s-eye’ headlamp clusters, below the doors, and in the rear around the rear bumper and center trunk. Of course, the big door handle pulls are also finished in chrome.
On the inside are 10-way power adjustable leather-trimmed sport bucket seats with excellent side bolstering to keep you snug in place when turning. The leather-wrapped shifter is perfectly placed for ease of use and the beautifully detailed TFT LCD instrument cluster is easy to see and understand. The entire interior is covered in soft leather trim and highlighted with soft touch material and thin pieces of chrome on the dashboard, doors and steering wheel. The easy to use center stack is finished in metallic to contrast with the black interior.
The center console is covered in dark wood and features a dual-tiered storage box with dual cupholders. I would have liked to see paddle shifters to make manual gear changes even quicker and easier, plus aluminum or stainless steel foot pedals to give the interior an even sportier look.
Standard equipment not mentioned above includes dual automatic climate control, heated front seats with cooled driver’s seat, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, heated auto-dimming sideview mirrors, memory system for two drivers, power tilt and slide sunroof, Lexicon 17-speaker 7.1 discrete audio system with 6-disc CD changer, Hyundai Navigation system with 8 inch color display, driver information-trip computer, proximity key entry with push button start/stop, Bluetooth, electronic parking brake, map pockets behind the front seats, cargo net in the trunk, HID Xenon adaptive cornering headlights with LED accents, Smart Cruise Control with sonar pre-braking, front/rear parking sensors with rearview camera, illuminated door sill plates, R-Spec carpeted floor mats, HD radio/XM satellite radio/Nav Traffic, power windows with front express up/down, power door locks, grab handles above each door, cargo net, rear pull-down armrest with dual cupholders, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, large, lockable glove box with storage slots in each door.
Standard safety features include dual front and rear side impact and side curtain airbags, electronic front headrests, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, Lane Departure and Blind Spot warning, front/rear crush zones, and side impact beams in each door.
The new R-Spec special edition Genesis from Hyundai brings the Korean automaker up to speed with the competition from Europe and Asia and it now competes in the prime luxury performance segment and by the fun and enjoyment that I derived from my seven-day test drive, they will be successful, just like the tremendous success found with their other segment vehicles.
- Price: Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Sedan MSRP $46,500.00
- Engine: 5.0-liter DOHC 32-Valves V8 429 horsepower @ 6400 rpm / 376 ft-lbs. torque @ 5000 rpm
- Wheelbase: 115.6in.
- Total length: 196.3in.
- Total width: 74.4in.
- Total height: 58.3in.
- Track: f/r-63.1/63.8in.
- Headroom: f/r-40.4/37.7in.
- Legroom: f/r-44.3/38.6in.
- EPA passenger volume: 109.4cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 15.9cu.ft.
- Turning circle: 36ft.
- Fuel tank: 20.3 gallons
- Curb weight: 4,154lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds
- EPA fuel economy: 16mpg/city, 25mpg/highway