If you’re planning on buying a Hyundai Genesis Coupe with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, you’d better act fast and place an order over the next few months, as the South Korean automaker is dropping the turbocharged unit for the 2015 model year. Once the decision comes into force, Hyundai will only offer the coupe with the 3.8-liter V-6 that delivers 344 horsepower and 292 pound-feet of torque in its regular trim. The four-pot model that’s getting axed benefits from 260 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Speaking to Automotive News, company spokesman Derek Joyce said the resolution is part of Hyundai’s plan to reposition the two-door as a more premium sports coupe that would go against V-6-powered Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros . The shift will also bring reconfigured packaging options that will lower the V-6’s price closer to the current entry-level sticker. Now retailing from $30,245, the V-6 Genesis Coupe is $3,000 more expensive than the base four-pot version.
The current V-6 model is available in two guises. The regular version comes with 344 ponies and 292 pound-feet of torque, while the premium variant is motivated by 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a standard six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic.
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Why It Matters
Since the 2.0-liter turbo-four accounts for about half of the Genesis Coupe’s current sales, we expect Hyundai to lose some of the customers that prefer sacrificing horsepower for the sake of fuel economy. The Scion FR-S is likely to benefit the most from the base Genesis Coupe’s departure. This also clears a spot for the Tau V-8 to top out the Genesis Coupe range. Could this possibly be in the works?
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe received minor updates for the 2014 model year, with the biggest one being the improved six-speed manual transmission. Exterior additions include five new colors and standard heated mirrors and fog lights. Inside, the coupe is enhanced by an upgraded navigation system, new color schemes and improved sports seats for the R-Spec model.