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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track Driving Impressions & Quick Spin 28
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, Genesis Coupe, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Test Drives on 08 28th, 2013
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Ever since the conception of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe in 2009 as a 2010 model, enthusiasts have had it within their peripheral vision while others have focused in on its endearing and competitive performance edge wrapped in an affordable package. For the latest 2013 model, Hyundai keeps the momentum in the right direction by adding more power to both the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as well as the beefy 3.8-liter V6 engine found in our latest test vehicle.

The new 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8-liter V6 Track makes for a capable sports coupe ready and eager to run with its direct competition on and off of the track. We contrasted the 2.0-liter Turbo variant of the Genesis Coupe against the 3.8-liter V6 with a highlighted differentiator being its weight balance and how it manages to plow its extra heft in the V6 around a track. Though the weight dilemma haunts the 3.8-V6, the track version of the Korean sports coupe still begs to claw its way to the finish line with added power this year totaling 348 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs. of torque.

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To prevent any stagnation in Hyundai’s enthused drive forward, the new 2013 Genesis Coupe mates its robust V6 engine to a new 8-speed automatic transmission option available on the Track trim and standard on the Touring trim. The 3.8 R-Spec trim is reserved only for the 6-speed manual transmission, though it still sports the same 348-horsepower engine.

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My test vehicle, equipped with the new 8-speed automatic transmission, proves to really take advantage of the wide powerband of the big V6 engine. It was apparent of the engine’s eagerness to wind up quickly to its 6,400 rpm redline with an aggressive-sounding growl from its intake manifold. Just by the sound alone, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track makes you aware of just how big its V6 powerplant is.

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The new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is great for a straight line, even during those times you want to roast the rear 245/40/19-inch performance tires. Being that the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is a designated trim level that can call your nearest track home base for its capable chassis and drivetrain, it is only fitting that such a vehicle is tossed around every so often. In doing just that, you will quickly discover its true handling traits.  Finding the limits of the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track does not take too long -considering when you enter into corner with the temp turned up the vehicle exhibits a bit of understeer and only followed up with restrained oversteer if you wrestle with the steering and power through. The understeer, somewhat of an unexpected trait, was mentally explained after opening the hood and observing how far forward of the strut towers the engine overhangs. To compensate, the standard Torsen limited-slip differential helps you manage the rear end with a bit of synchronization in the drive wheels.

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The new Hyundia Genesis coupe’s chassis is plenty capable of taking abuse and the sum of its performance parts, including the big 6-piston Brembo brake calipers up front and 4-piston in the rear, are up able to take on light to moderate track duties with no qualms.

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The inside of the new 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track mimics much of the rest of the Hyundai lineup. Though, with a slant towards performance, the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track gets a few unique touches such as analog 3-pod gauges for readout of current fuel economy, oil temperature and torque. I will go all-out in ‘enthusiast-left-field’ and claim my confusion for such a choice of gauges in a “Track” labeled vehicle instead of giving you something more useful like an oil pressure display. Heck, a clock would have been more useful than telling me the Genesis Coupe is currently producing 295 ft-lbs of torque when I should not be looking at the gauge. On the other hand, there is always the chance of riding shotgun with a big smile on your face.

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The front seats of the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track are remarkable for a track day and prove to provide enough comfort for long trips. The bolstering is ample while the low back possibly gets shortened due to the low-slung roofline. The rear seating area is a bit tight with a major disappointment in headroom. Be sure to never stick any of your “tall” friends in the back unless they do not mind a roofliner massage or alternative hair makeover. The steering wheel shifter paddles, among the full list of standard features of the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, come of as a bit cheesy and cheap after hearing the plastic creeping noises just before you are greeted with snappy shifts of the 8-speed automatic transmission. I would say managing 8 gears is just a bit baffling, unless you like the idea of playing games with the computer to see how far you can upshift without divine intervention from the transmission ECU gods. However, the transmission’s sport mode does great to select the proper gear and keep engine humming in its sweet spot sans your forthcoming headache.

Around town, while getting an average of 22.5 mpg, the Genesis Coupe remains civilized giving you extra confidence about unleashing its 348 horsepower. At times you will desire a bit more tire patch on the pavement when the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track gets squirrely with traction control and stability control fully disabled. Though, you will discover a few reasons for drift-champions using such a capable chassis in the Gensis Coupe.

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The ride quality of the new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track is firm enough as to not give away its front-end heavy balance. There is, however, a subtle reverberation of the dampers on light bumps. The appealing look of the Genesis Coupe’s stance pays homage to a customized or lowered sports coupe by limiting wheel gap between the finders and tires. More of its sporty appeal wraps around the wide front bumper, rear spoiler and chrome-tipped exhaust outlets within the rear bumper.

The new Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, at the top of the trim line for the sports coupe, comes equipped with a full range of Genesis Coupe options as standard equipment, including GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and a power driver’s seat. This brings the price to $35,265 including an $875 destination and handling charge, a full set of carpeted floor mats and an iPod connector cable.

In all, the latest Genesis Coupe has come a long way from vehicles like the Tiburon to bring to the table what really matters to enthusiasts, being a truly competent rear wheel drive sports coupe with decent power and enough goodies to keep you smiling on commutes and those rare track days.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Genesis Coupe 2.0T $24,250 As-Tested Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track $27,375
  • Engine: 3.8-liter DOHC V6 348 Horsepower at 6,400 rpm  / 295 lb.ft. Torque at 5,300 rpm
  • 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: 3,483 lbs.
  • Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 17.2 gallons
  • MPG: 16 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway


2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec Review & Test Drive 16
Aug
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, featured, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis, Test Drives on 08 16th, 2012

‘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!

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COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 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


Can A Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Outrun An Arrow? Video 20
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt, video, Videos on 06 20th, 2012

Many factors determine the speed of an arrow leaving a bow, including the weight of the arrow, the draw (and design) of the bow and wind conditions at the range. For the sake of argument, let’s just say that the average speed of an arrow as it leaves a bow is 83 meters per second, which translates to around 186 miles per hour.

That’s quite a bit faster than the top speed of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, even the 3.8-liter version. Still, the arrow begins to loose speed almost as soon as it leaves the bow, thanks to wind resistance. Is it possible, then, for a car given a running start to out-run an arrow over a distance of about 100 meters?

We’d spoil the video if we gave away the answer, but ask yourself this: would Hyundai release the video if the Genesis Coupe couldn’t cross the line faster than the arrow?

We’re not sure the video proves anything, but at least it’s a car stunt we hadn’t seen before. We also don’t recommend you try to duplicate this video at home, especially if you drive a convertible.



2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: First Drive 20
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, featured, First Drive, Hyundai, Kurt, Test Drives on 02 20th, 2012

Hyundai's 2013 Genesis Coupe 2.0T

When Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe arrived on these shores in 2009, no one really knew how to take the upstart Korean sport coupe. Yes, it was attractively styled (if a bit conservative), and came packing performance bits like Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited slip differential and even adjustable camber bolts on the front suspension on track-centric models. Better yet, it boasted a traditional front engine, rear drive layout, and came in models for virtually every taste and budget.

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Both the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the 3.8-liter V-6 Genesis Coupes soon won fans and critics alike. Those in the pro-Genesis-Coupe camp praised the car for its affordability and handling, while those opposed to the Genesis Coupe panned the car for its cheap interior and lack of power. The forced-induction four, for example, made just 210 horsepower, which isn’t a lot to move a car weighing as much as 3,362 pounds (when equipped with the automatic transmission). Even the 3.8-liter V-6 was good for just 306 horsepower in a coupe that weighed up to 3,397 pounds; while the original car’s performance was “spirited,” we don’t recall anyone calling it impressive.

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More than any other automaker on the planet, Hyundai listens to its fans and critics alike. When it came time for the Genesis Coupe’s mid-cycle refresh, Hyundai could have taken the path of least resistance by tweaking the exterior styling, adding a few more horsepower and perhaps offering a new interior color. Instead, the automaker made significant improvements to the car’s styling, gave both engines a serious boost in horsepower and raised interior quality above most others in the segment.

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If it sounds like we’re impressed with the 2013 Genesis Coupe, we are. Before we even fired up the engine for the first time, it was impossible not to notice the bold changes to exterior styling. First, Hyundai’s now-familiar hexagonal grille is used to great effect on the Genesis Coupe, creating a front end that looks far more menacing than the previous generation. Wing-shaped faux-vents on the hood, offset by sculpted creases, give the car a much more commanding presence. The new Genesis Coupe looks like a sport coupe, while the old version looked disturbingly like an economy car.

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Hyundai kept the styling elements that worked well, so the new coupe carries over the unique plunging beltline and strong character lines that made the last Genesis Coupe distinctive in profile. Exhaust outlets embedded in the rear fascia return, and although both front and rear lighting has been refreshed, it still bears a passing resemblance to the outgoing model.

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In short, Hyundai made the new Genesis Coupe more distinctive without making it flashy. From the revised sheet metal to the restyled 18 and 19-inch wheels, the 2013 Genesis Coupe will appeal to a wide audience of prospective buyers, and that’s not something we can say about many coupes or sedans with sporting intentions.

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Inside, Hyundai has worked hard to improve the quality of materials used. The dash is now topped with a coarse-grained, soft touch vinyl, complete with stitching for an added touch of class. Plastics used are lower in gloss, adding to a higher quality appearance, and Genesis Coupe models can be had with cloth, leather or combined cloth and leather seating.

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The wing-shaped styling elements seen in the grille trim and hood are reflected in the Genesis Coupe’s center stack, which now includes a three gauge cluster for a sporty appearance. Metallic trim is used throughout the interior, and Hyundai employs an eye-pleasing blend of aluminum and dark titanium.

We’d stop short of calling the interior perfectly executed, since there were a few things that could be improved. First, the instrument faces appear to be pulled from the Sonata parts bin, and they seen a bit too plain for a halo sport coupe. Even dressing up the numbers by changing the font would go a long way towards improving the gauges’ appearance. We’re baffled by the choice of center-stack gauges, too; why bother to include a vacuum-based “fuel economy gauge” on a sport coupe? Why include oil temperature, instead of the more critical oil pressure?

One area we’re not complaining about is the Genesis Coupe’s front seats. Whether you opt for the base model’s cloth seats, the R-Spec’s cloth seats with leather bolsters or the full-leather seats available in Track and Grand Touring models, the front seats are both bolstered enough for serious driving and comfortable enough for long days behind the wheel. As is the case with competitive cars, the Genesis Coupe’s rear seats are for children and cargo only.

Hyundai has upped the output on both available engines for 2013. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four now makes 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel, thanks to a new twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger intercooler. Choose to run regular gas, which Hyundai says is fine, and the car will still produce 260 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque.

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If you believe that there’s no replacement for displacement, the 3.8-liter V-6 will probably be more to your liking. Thanks to direct injection, it’s now good for 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on premium gas, or 344 horsepower and 292 pound feet of torque on the cheap stuff. Both engine choices come mated to either a six speed manual or a new, Hyundai-developed, eight speed automatic with paddle shifters.

With significantly more power on tap, you’d expect the driving experience to be greatly improved, and you’d be correct. The 2.0 liter feels a bit slow to build boost, even with the twin-scroll turbo, but that only adds to the car’s character. Once pressure is built up, the turbo four pulls surprisingly hard to redline, and it’s easy to forget that you’re not behind the wheel of a small six-cylinder. If there’s a drawback to the 2.0T engine, it’s noise: at high rpm, the engine is loud in the cabin. Some may enjoy the sound, but those looking for a bit more refinement will probably want to shop the 3.8-liter V-6. It isn’t a deal-breaker for us, since under normal driving conditions the 2.0T sounds just fine.

The 3.8-liter V-6, on the other hand, is an aural treat. Hyundai has incorporated a “sound generator” tube on V-6 models to pipe engine noise into the cabin, and that’s a very good thing. The 3.8 in the Genesis Coupe is the best-sounding engine Hyundai has ever produced, and if we owned one, we’d wind it out often just to hear that mechanical music. Auditory pleasure aside, the new 3.8 liter V-6 is an improvement over the outgoing model, but it doesn’t pull quite as hard as we expected it to in the midrange. You won’t notice this in day-to-day driving, but you’ll spot it when winding the car out on a track. We suspect the aftermarket has a solution for this, so it wouldn’t keep us from giving the car a serious look.

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We were give the opportunity to drive both 2.0T and 3.8 models as hard as we wanted at Nevada’s Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch, and both versions on-track performance was impressive. Spring Mountain has some challenging corners, designed specifically to test the handling balance of a car and the nerve of its driver. A particularly nasty example is a cresting, off-camber right-hand corner that sets up a run onto a short straight. Brake too early, and you’ll lose seconds on your lap. Brake too late, and your car’s suspension will unweight as you crest the hill, taking grip when you need it most.

Corners like this test the handling prowess of any car, and both versions of the Genesis Coupe passed the test with flying colors. The 3.8-liter was a bit heavier in the nose, and I felt as if I had to brake quite a bit earlier. The 2.0T, on the other hand, seemed to relish the challenge of braking as late as possible for the corner. In fact, the 2.0T was an easier car to drive at the limit, and I quickly got into the rhythm of “brake, downshift, trail brake, on the gas, apex” in tight corners. The rear was easy to balance with the throttle, and the slight turbo lag allowed me to get on the gas just before the apex of each corner. There are cars I’ve enjoyed more on a track than the 2.0T Genesis Coupe, but not in this price range.

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That said, if track days weren’t our thing, we’d opt for the 3.8 liter Genesis Coupe. It’s a better car for the day-to-day grind, and it’s got the better soundtrack when you step on the gas. Since we’re fans of the occasional track day and autocross, out money would go for the 2.0T R-Spec, which would still be a decent daily driver. In fact, that may be the best part of the Genesis Coupe: unlike others in the segment, the car doesn’t punish the driver with a harsh ride or a peaky engine. The steering and brakes are superb, and the Genesis Coupe can be equipped with near-luxury levels of content if comfort is your primary focus.

It may well be the most livable sport coupe on the market, in terms of both ride quality and affordability, and we’d give the new Genesis Coupe a serious look if we were new car shopping.



Here’s The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 9
Nov
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt on 11 9th, 2011

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Looking to build anticipation for the upcoming release of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Korean automaker posted front and rear teaser shots of the new Genesis Coupe on its own Korean language blog. The “official” shots back up the leaked images we’ve been seeing, and confirm that the new Genesis Coupe will wear the now-familiar hexagonal grille.

We’re seeing some “fluidic sculpture” influences in the new design as well, and that’s not a bad thing since we’re fans of Hyundai’s latest style. To give credit where it’s do, the Genesis Coupe really isn’t a styling derivative of anything else on the market.

Image: Blog.Hyundai.com

We expect to see more power from both the 2.0-liter turbo and 3.8-liter variants, although Hyundai hasn’t released details just yet. We seriously doubt that the Coupe will get the same 5.0-liter V-8 used in the Genesis R-Spec sedan (and in the RM500 SEMA show car), but we wouldn’t be surprised at all if Hyundai announced a supercharged version of its 3.8-liter V-6.

The Hurricane SC SEMA show car had a blown 3.8-liter V6, good for 450 horsepower. If a supercharged Genesis Coupe does see production, we’d expect it to be a bit more conservative, probably coming in around 400 horsepower or so. That’s just a guess, and we’ll have to wait until the North American International Auto Show for Hyundai to tell us what’s powering the 2013 Genesis Coupe.



Is This The New Hyundai Genesis Coupe? 19
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Automotive, Hyundai, Kurt, News on 09 19th, 2011

Is this the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe? Image: Hyundai Blog

We’ll apologize in advance that we can’t give you a whole lot of detail on the above photo. It first appeared on Hyundai Blog, under the title of “2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe,” and the styling does indeed tie the Coupe into Hyundai’s latest “fluidic sculpture” design language. There’s the now-familiar hexagonal grille, along with the sculpted hood and character lines running from the front fenders and across the door. I’m even seeing a bit of the Nissan GT-R in the front end design, although I don’t think the resemblance is intentional.

The current Genesis Coupe has been the red-headed stepchild of Hyundai’s lineup, getting minimal refreshes since its launch in 2009 as a 2010 model. The Genesis sedan has gotten more power and new engine choices, as well as an eight speed automatic. The Genesis Coupe, meanwhile, has gotten one new variant (the 3.8-liter Genesis Coupe R-Spec), leading many to believe that Hyundai wasn’t serious about targeting the enthusiast market.

There’s no word yet on what the new Genesis Coupe may be packing under its hood, but the revised 3.8 liter V-6 in the Genesis Sedan got a boost in horsepower from 290 to 333 for the 2012 model year. That same engine should be used in the Genesis Coupe, which means a gain of some 27 horsepower from 2011 to 2012. We really want to know if Hyundai is planning to fit the new 5.0-liter Tau V-8 in the 2013 Genesis Coupe, since the engine’s 429 horsepower could make the updated Genesis Coupe a legitimate challenger to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

Hyundai still has 2012 Genesis Coupes to sell (and plenty of leftover 2011s, I’m sure), so don’t expect a lot of details on the 2013 Genesis Coupe in the near future.

Source: Hyundai Blog, via Straightline







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