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Hyundai Reveals Powertrain Specs For Upcoming Genesis Coupe 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt, News on 11 14th, 2011

Hyundai’s 2012 Genesis Coupe won’t officially debut for another six weeks (at January’s Detroit Auto Show), but the Korean automaker chose to reveal details of the car’s powertrain options at last weekend’s Korea Speed Festival in Yeongam, Korea. As expected, both the 2.0-liter turbo engine and the normally aspirated 3.8-liter V-6 are getting more grunt, which should result in a substantial performance improvement for the the new two-door Genesis. Also as expected, there won’t be a V-8 option, and there isn’t any word on a supercharged V-6 option yet, either.

The 2012 Genesis Coupe 2.0Twill now make 275 horsepower and 274 lb.-ft. of torque, up from 210 horsepower and 223 lb.-ft. in the outgoing model. The additional power comes courtesy of a larger, twin-scroll turbocharger and a beefed-up intercooler, and the 2.0T can be ordered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic.

Genesis Coupe 3.8 models will come with 350 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque for 2012, according to Left Lane News. That’s a gain of 43 horsepower and 29 lb.-ft. of torque from the outgoing V-6 models, and the gains come largely from a switch to direct injection on the new engine. Like it’s four-cylinder sibling, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 will be available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Also new for 2012 is a “sound generator,” which Hyundai says will transform the Genesis Coupe’s engine note into a “classy and sporty” sound. If it’s anything like the sound generator used on the Ford Mustang (and formerly on the VW GTI, it’s nothing more than a plastic tube piping engine noise through the firewall into the cabin. In other words, don’t expect anything too high-tech.

Look for more info on the new Genesis Coupe models in January, at the start of the Detroit Auto Show.

Rhys Millen’s Genesis Coupe Gets Our SEMA Best In Show Award 2
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe, Automotive, Events, Hyundai, Kurt, Rhys Millen Racing, RM500, SEMA, Videos on 11 2nd, 2011

The RM500 Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai Motor America

We couldn’t make it to this year’s SEMA show, since no one picked us up hitchhiking on I-95. Instead, we’re at the mercy of the manufacturers, many of which flood our mailboxes with press releases on the latest SEMA decal kit or paint job. Some build cars that we’d really like to drive, and topping that list is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe built by Rhys Millen Racing (RMR). In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s a car that Hyundai itself should be building.

The RM500 Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai Motor America

RMR started out with a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, then shoehorned in a 5.0-liter Hyundai Tau V-8, good for 450 horsepower thanks to some tuning and an RMR exhaust. Next came some tasteful carbon fiber trim, which RMR will be bringing to market soon. To ensure the RM500 handles and stops as good as it looks, RMR bolted on 19-inch forged HRE wheels and used Brembo carbon ceramic rotors in all four corners.

The RM500 Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai Motor America

Inside, the driver and passenger get Sparco Chrono sport seats and an RMR interior suede package, which gives the Genesis Coupe an upscale feel. The car is sprayed in black, which only adds to its “don’t mess with me” demeanor.

The RM500 Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai Motor America

John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, is said to be a big fan of the 5.0-liter Genesis Coupe, but that doesn’t mean it will see production. Hyundai has dismissed the car as “too expensive to build,” and believes that a V-8 Genesis Coupe may steal buyers away from the Genesis R-Spec sedan. We’d beg to differ, since a 5.0-liter Genesis Coupe could be positioned to combat the Ford Mustang GT and the Nissan 370Z, something the current 3.8-liter Genesis Coupe doesn’t do well.

The RM500 Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai Motor America

Production versions would have to see some cost saving measures, so things like the HRE wheels and giant carbon-ceramic brakes would likely get the axe. The oil cooler and rear differential cooler would probably be cut, too, since these are only needed for serious track duty. Still, there’s enough of the good stuff left over to make a V-8 Genesis Coupe interesting, and we’d bet that Hyundai could bring one to market for around the same $30k starting price of a Mustang GT.

New Hyundai Genesis Coupe Coming In 2012 9
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt, News on 06 9th, 2011

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Image: Hyundai

Need an excuse to visit Detroit in January? How about this: Hyundai will be launching an all-new Genesis Coupe at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Details are still sketchy, and Hyundai isn’t saying much to confirm or deny rumors, but we know the sports-car-of-the-Hyundai-family will be getting new exterior sheet metal. It’s hard to tell from the spy photos circulating on the internet, but it doesn’t look like the car will be radically changed in either size or shape, and we say that’s a good thing.

The car’s also rumored to be getting more power, which makes sense considering the 3.8 liter V-6 in the Genesis sedan has already received a bump in output. For 2012, the Genesis sedan jumped from 290 horsepower to 333, so it’s logical to expect the same with the Genesis Coupe. The 2.0-liter turbo four should be getting more grunt as well, but details are sorely lacking at the moment. Expect the four-banger to make more horsepower than last year’s 210 and possibly as much as 274, which is what the Theta II turbo engine produces in the Hyundai Sonata Turbo.

Source: Inside Line

Hyundai Genesis Coupe Facelift Spied 8
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe, Automotive News, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, R-Spec on 03 8th, 2011

The first ever photographs of the upcoming face lifted 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe are out. The car has been spied when the vehicle was undergoing some winter testing in Scandinavia. The photographs indicate that some changes have been incorporated while making the face lifted model.

New indicator lights embedded in the side mirrors as well as a newly designed set of headlights stand out. Going by the pictures, a few minor changes have been brought in to the front and rear bumpers.

The vehicle incorporates the 3.8 liter V6 with 310 PS (228 kW / 306 bhp), something which was earlier seen in other variants. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is expected to make its debut sometime later this year.

(Via WCF)