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|Hyundai Kills Off Genesis Coupe, Confirms More Luxurious Successor||
This is the end of the line for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe as the 2016 model year will be the final one for the brand’s only one rear-driven coupe.
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|Hyundai Previews Yet Another 500HP Genesis Coupe For SEMA||
|Hyundai Genesis Mule Spotted With 3.3 Liter Turbo Engine, Automatic Gearbox and AWD||
The spy photographers didn’t actually look under this Genesis prototype’s hood to confirm that it is in fact the new 3.3-liter turbo, but the car apparently had a handy sticker on the windscreen that read “test car – 3.3T 8AT AWD.”
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|Hyundai Says New SEMA Show 500HP Genesis Coupe Study Can Take On BMW M4||
|2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track Driving Impressions & Quick Spin||
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- 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
|Nurburgring in the USA: Car and Driver Intros 2013 Lightning Lap Contenders at VIR – Video||
Ever since lap times at the Nurburgring became a benchmark for a vehicle’s over-all performance, there has been a need to find a ‘benchmark’ track in the USA. Car and Driver, along with many other enthusiasts, think we already have such a track, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
Virginia International Raceway seems to be the ideal choice for testing a vehicle’s over-all performance dynamics. With the elevation changes, the Grand West Course’s 4.1 miles, 28 turns and proven effectiveness to challenge experienced race car drivers, VIR is the ideal home-grown Nurburgring. Car and Driver sets out to VIR for their Lightning Lap annual track torture test and brings us the official preview to the dueling test along with a run-down of the contenders. Enjoy the video below!
|Rhys Millen is “The Driver” in Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drift Car Heist Video||
As a compelling attempt to follow after the infamous Ken Block, the folks at Hyundai get this creative idea to “do something outrageous” inside the old Hyundai Motor America headquarters building in Fountain Valley, California before they demolish it. That something looks to be their own Gymkhana at the hands of Rhys Millen in his Genesis Coupe drift car.
Dustin Loranger, one of Hyundai’s service technicians, had this great idea about having Rhys Millen perform some drift action before the abandoned headquarters gets the wrecking ball treatment.
In this video Rhys acts the part of a thief stealing his Hyundai Genesis Coupe drift car from the old Hyundai headquarters and then goes for some ridiculous ‘drifto’ action. Some think Rhys could be the next Ken Block but something tells me Ken has nothing to worry about right now. Check out the exclusive video below and let us know what you think.
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe Facelift Spied||
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.
|2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track Edition Review & Test Drive||
‘REACHING FOR A HIGHER LEVEL’
Hyundai has been on a roll in the automotive marketplace. While most manufacturers have seen a drop or slight increase in sales, Hyundai has seen double-digit sales increases on its market share.
With the introduction of the Genesis luxury sport sedan two years ago it showed Hyundai meant business going head-to-head with Lexus, Infiniti and Acura in the luxury segment. Now Hyundai has introduced an all-new sports coupe that shows great potential for design, engineering and build quality. It is going squarely up against the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro V6 equipped models.
I tested the top-of-the-line ‘Track Edition’ and was very impressed with the car overall. With a total price of just $30,750.00 the all-new Genesis Coupe Track Edition came equipped with even more goodies than a comparatively priced V6 Mustang or Camaro.
The design is fresh and unique, long, low and sleek with a wide stance. The steeply raked A-pillars give way to the car’s arching roofline and tapering greenhouse that highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car’s broad shoulders and wide stance.
The powerful curves, undulating beltline, surface detail and ‘Z’ bodyside lines are truly unique and make the Genesis Coupe really stand out in the Pony car corral.
The power-remote/heated side mirrors are aerodynamically designed and the car’s lower rocker panels are drawn close to the ground making the bodysides extra thick and the daylight opening thin, allowing the 19X8in. alloy wheels to be stuffed into the bulging fenders. To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximized.
The front fascia features large openings for better engine breathing; uniquely formed headlamp clusters feature HID lights and below are uniquely designed foglamps. The rear fascia is highlighted with wraparound lamp clusters, trapezoidal dual exhaust tips that are integrated into the rear lower fascia with surrounding blackout that repeats the design theme of the front fascia graphic. An integrated spoiler mounted on the rear trunk keeps the rear wheels glued to the ground during high-speed travel.
The interior is designed to enhance your driving experience. The heated sport bucket seats are deeply cut to keep you firmly in place during spirited driving with the driver’s side powered 6-ways with lumbar support racket. The sporty, 3-spoke, tilting, leather wrapped steering wheel feels perfect in your hands and features buttons for the audio system, cruise-control and Bluetooth telephone communication. The analog gauges are straight-ahead and easy to read with a big 160mph speedometer, 8,000rpm tachometer and smaller gauges inside to let you know your fuel level and engine coolant temperature.
The cluster features Hyundai’s signature blue gauge illumination. LED readouts in the middle warn you of system or safety failures. The short stick shifter is right where you want it to be for fun, easy and firm usage. The center stack features large buttons arranged in groups, and just above the center stack is Hyundai’s innovative graphic that shows you instantly how much torque is being generated and your current mpg usage.
The interior also features start/stop push button ignition, proximity key so you don’t have to take your key out of your pocket or purse, dual power up/down express windows, power door locks, self-dimming rearview mirrors, power tilt/sliding one-touch sunroof, heated side mirrors with illuminated turn signals, touchscreen navigation system with XM NavTraffic, 8-gig hard drive, lighted dual vanity mirrors, dual map lamps, dual cupholders, a center storage bin with padded armrest, automatic climate control and aluminum/rubber padded foot pedals, thick cut-pile carpeting and optional signature floor mats. Beautiful sounds come through the standard Infinity 380-watt, Premium Audio System that features AM-FM-XM/MP3/CD player, 10-speakers, iPod/USB and an auxiliary port to let you choose what you want to play and hear. It’s all standard except the floor mats and iPod cable. That’s enough interior pleasures to keep any driving enthusiast and music lover happy!
Driving enthusiasts are treated to even more excitement and innovation with what lies under the skin of the all-new 2010 Genesis Coupe Track Edition. The fun starts when you push the start button on the dashboard. The 3.8 liter DOHC V6 engine comes alive with a precision sound to it. It delivers 306hp at 6,300rpm and 266lb.ft. of torque at 4,700rpm on regular unleaded gasoline. This engine will launch the Genesis Coupe from 0-60mph in just 5.4sec. To maximize the powerband, the 3.8 liter engine utilizes Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and a new Variable Intake System that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high rpm. the better-breathing results in outstanding off-the-line acceleration and passing performance plus remarkable fuel efficiency of 17mpg/city, 26mpg/highway. The V6 engine uses an alloy block and cylinder heads for lighter weight and thermal efficiency and features timing chains with no scheduled maintainance.
When you mash your foot down on the throttle you’ll hear a loud growling sound coming from the free-flowing, dual, cat-back exhaust system. The Genesis Coupe Track Edition comes standard with a Torsen limited-slip differential to put the power down to the ground more effectively.
Genesis Coupe’s body shell is rich in ultra-high-tensile steel and is lighter than the new Camaro V6 and Mustang V6, and it’s chassis is also 24% stiffer in bending rigidity that the BMW M3. Rear-wheel-drive provides a neutral feel with its 55/45 front/rear weight distribution.
The Track-Tuned fully-independent suspension features a MacPherson dual-link front setup and a five-link rear suspension setup. The front suspension is mounted to the body via a solid subframe which is lighter and stronger than a multi-piece component. The Track-Tuned suspension features stiffer front spring rates, stiffer rear spring rates and unique front/rear shock valving. To help reduce body roll, the Track-Tuned model features a 25mm stabilizer in front and a 19mm stabilizer bar in the rear.
You’ll definitely feel the nimble handling characteristics when you are cornering the car and I found it to be ultimately toss-able when attaching steeper curves as the rear loosens up and slides out a bit even with the stability control and traction control on. I just let off the throttle when exiting the curve and the rear quickly got in line with no problems. It could be the lighter weight, only 3,389lbs., but I had a grand old time in the Santa Monica Mountains challenging all of the steep and hairpin curves.
Piloting the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe admirably through its paces is the excellent hydraulic rack & pinion steering system with its quick ratio gearing that delivers both linearity and agility besides it short throws. It features a great feel for the road surface and reacts super-fast to my inputs. Standard on the Track Edition and making your steering input even more responsive it the strut tower brace. It just ads to the thrill and excitement when driving the car up to its potential.
Adding to the fun of driving the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe is the standard short-throw, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. You can option for the 6-speed SHIFTRONIC that features sequential shifting by moving the gear selector into a separate gate. Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to your control or you can use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A clear LCD readout on the instrument cluster shows the gear that’s in use.
Top speed for the Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe is 149mph, that’s fast if you can find a safe place to ring it all out. Quickly slowing the car down from speed are very large brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers at each corner. Up front are 13.4in. vented discs and 13in. vented discs in the rear. Standard ABS, EBD and BA insure quick, controlled stopping power on slick road surfaces. These brakes are amazing in their linear feel at your foot and how well they grab the big vented rotors in an emergency stop or when attaching a very steep curve at high speeds. Another fact is that they are not available on the new V6 powered Camaro or Mustang, another plus for the Genesis Coupe Track Edition.
The Track-Tuned Genesis Coupe rides on 19X8in. light alloy wheels wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza 225/40YR19in. front and 245/45YR19in. super-high-performance tires in the rear.
Keeping you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision is a long list of standard safety features starting driver/front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags, side air curtains and active front head restraints. The Genesis Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements, 5-mph energy-absorbing bumpers, buckling creases on the hood with safety stops, 3-point safety belts for all four-seats with front pretensioners and load limiters. The rear also features LATCH for child seats.
The all-new 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track Edition hits on all cylinders with authority of great looks, great power and performance, great interior sportiness and creature comfort with excellent safety systems.
My fully loaded Track Edition was priced at just $30,750.00 with everything that I would want included.
Price: Base Genesis Coupe $22,000 As-Tested Track Edition $30,750
Where Built: South Korea
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars
Length: 182.3 in.
Width: 73.4 in.
Height: 54.5 in.
Wheel Base: 111 in.
Curb Weight: 3389 lbs.
Front Head Room: 39.2 in.
Front Hip Room: 56 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 56.7 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.6 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 52.8 in.
Rear Hip Room: 49.2 in.
Front Leg Room: 44.1 in.
Rear Leg Room: 30.3 in.
Luggage Capacity: 10 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4
Number of Cylinders: 6
Engine Size: 3.8 liters
Engine Type: V6
Horsepower: 306 hp
Max Horsepower: 6300 rpm
Torque: 266 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4700 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.4 ft.
0-60mph: 5.4 seconds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / 20 mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 292.4 mi. / 447.2 mi. / 344 mi.
|Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 To Come In R-Spec Version||
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe will come in the form of the R-Spec avatar for 2011. The model that would sport a DOHC 3.8-liter V6 engine is expected to race to 149 mph powered by the 306-horsepower (228-kW) engine and its close ratio six-speed manual transmission.
Expected to come with a price tag of around $26,750, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec would sport 13.4-inch front, 13.0-inch rear ventilated discs, with four-piston red brake calipers from Brembo. The 19 inch alloy wheel around them would don gun metal paint and the tires are to be built by Bridgestone Potenza.
Notable features would include track-tuned suspension that has been spruced up with performance shocks and springs, front and rear stabilizer bars, and a front strut brace. Further, the car would offer anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability, traction control and as many as six airbags ensuring maximum safety.
Hyundai is also believed to have gone an extra mile to bring in reduction in weight. Automatic transmission has also been done away with.
|2011 Hyundai Equus & Genesis To Get 429 Horsepower 5.0-liter V8||
The Hyundai Genesis sedan is already a relatively quick car for its size when optioned out with the current 4.6-liter 385hp V8. Hyundai has taken that engine and beefed it up and will now be fitting it in the 2011 Genesis sedan and Equus as an option. There is also some speculation that this new direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 will make it to the Genesis Coupe which would be a Ford Mustang GT 5.0 fighter among others in the same segment.
We will be sure to bring you any new updates from our sources.