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Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

Of all the offerings Hyundai is bringing to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show , this Genesis Coupe R-Spec , called "Mad Panda," is arguably the strangest of them all.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s strange in a good way, because we find it difficult to actually mess up an awesome sports car like the Genesis Coupe R-Spec. What really gets us is that the name actually fits the look of the car; this Genesis Coupe R-Spec really does look like a mad panda.

To their credit, Hyundai went off the rail with the comprehensive enhancements on the exterior, interior, and performance departments so that’s always a huge plus in our eyes.

In the end, we’re not casting any aspersions here because there’s an endearing, albeit a little gimmicky, quality to the "Mad Panda." However, in the end, this is still a Hyundai Genesis R-Spec under all that garb, and that’s more than fine us.

Find out more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec "Mad Panda" after the jump.

If you thought that only muscle cars were the prime target for tuning packages destined for SEMA, you would be absolutely incorrect. Models like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe have also been equipped to turn some heads at the 2012 SEMA Show with some very impressive tuning packages. One of them belongs to the guys from FuelCulture - a website designed to make the research and buying process more effective and more efficient for the consumer.

Their project features a very cool Candy Apple Red paint finish and adds a few exterior updates that make the Genesis Coupe look even more aggressive. These additions include a new front bumper, a new carbon fiber trunk, a new rear lip, and new side skirts, as well as a rear kit that increases the car’s width by 50 mm. There is also a new set of 19" Rotiform IND wheels. Changes for the interior, have been kept to a minimum and include custom diamond stitched front and rear seats and door panels. There is also a new Rockford Fosgate audio system that will offer both the driver and the passengers the most amazing sound currently on the market.

Their Genesis Coupe Turbo Concept is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 315 HP and 242 lbs-ft of torque. That’s quite an impressive update over the standard 274 HP. In order to obtain the extra power, they have added a new boost controller, worked on the ECU, and installed a new ARK DT-S exhaust system.

Next to the ARK Performance’s Genesis unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show, Cosworth also unveiled a pretty cool tuning package based on the Genesis Coupe .

Dubbed the "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series," Cosworth’s program for the Korean sports car sees plenty of upgrades, including custom satin and gloss blue bodywork that matches well with the carbon fiber components in the front bumper with integrated carbon fiber brake ducts, side skirt lip, front splitter, integrated trunk spoiler, and rear diffuser. There’s also a new set of custom Cosworth Edition wheels with logo and hood graphics that finish off the exterior modifications.

Moving on to the interior, Cosworth gave the Genesis Coupe with a two-tone interior treatment, two-tone sports seats, a new special steering wheel, a new shift knob, a shift boot, and pedals to the overall set-up.

Finally, there’s the engine modification, which includes a retuned ECU, an improved thermal management system, an optimization of the induction and exhaust systems, a new suspension set-up, enhanced engine control parameters, and new brakes. All told, the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series hits an increased output of 389 horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque.

“The rear-drive Genesis Coupe is simply a great platform from which to build our ultimate Cosworth Genesis Racing Series street model,” Nicole Armbrustmacher, director of marketing, Cosworth Americas said.

UPDATE 10/31/2012: The Hyundai Genesis Coupe "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series" by Cosworth made its official debut at the 2012 SEMA Show. Check out the picture gallery to see a new set of high res images.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

When Hyundai and Kia strapped some boost to a 2.0-liter engine and bumped its output to over 270 horsepower , we took notice. Hyundai then released the all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and we thought, “What’s going on here?” Now Hyundai and Kia are working on yet another turbocharged engine and it’s likely to turn heads and twist faces.

According to reports, at Hyundai-Kia’s International Powertrain Conference, the automakers confirmed that they are currently working on a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The likely recipient of this new boosted V-6 engine is the next-generation Genesis .

This engine is expected to feature direct fuel injection and at least 350 ponies. With the combination of a turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and other creative engineering, Hyundai Hyundai -Kia expects this engine to get somewhere in the 33 mpg range. We’re not too sure which Genesis Hyundai is talking about, but we assume this would see use in the coupe model.

The existing Genesis 3.8 R-Spec uses a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With turbos being as effective as they are now, we would expect to see torque nearing 350 pound-feet at super-low rpm – maybe sub-2,000. That would make the Genesis quite the screamer. Given its existing 5.3-second sprint to 60 mph, we would anticipate that to drop near the 4.5-second range with the added horsepower and torque.

For now, this is all speculation and we don’t expect to see the next-gen Genesis Coupe until at least the 2016 model year, maybe even later. If Hyundai is planning on this engine going into the Genesis sedan , we could see it as early as 2014. That would be very upsetting to see this engine wasted in the sedan’s body…

Every year at SEMA , Korean automaker Hyundai and Re:Mix Lab head over to Las Vegas to present a set of vehicles that have been revamped so extensively you’d probably mistake them for a different vehicle altogether.

Lo and behold, the 2012 SEMA Auto Show will be no different as the two companies are on their way to present a trio of cars at an after-hours party hosted by Re:Mix Lab. No, we’re not seeing these custom Hyundai’s at the SEMA show floor, but if you can get passes to the Re:Mix Lab after party, you might get a chance to see these bad boys in the flesh.

One of the car’s that has been customized is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe , a stunner of a sports car if we ever saw one. But Hyundai and Re:Mix Lab take it to a whole new level with a series of customizations for the Korean sports car.

Full details have yet to be revealed, but it appears, at least by looking at the photo, that the Genesis Coupe will carry a host of carbon fiber accents, a polished pearl white paint finish, matte black finishes on the grille and the roof, a new set of wheels, and a lowered suspension. Meanwhile, the interior also looks to have gotten new upholstered racing seats with a Terra Cotta leather trim dressing up the interior.

Look out for the Genesis Coupe by Re:Mix Lab at SEMA!

About a decade ago, if you mentioned a performance Hyundai model, you might get a slight snicker from a crowd of people. In the last five years, Hyundai has upped its game to include a nice array of both luxury and performance models. The pinnacle of Hyundai’s performance line is the Genesis 3.8 R-Spec.

This machine boasts a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that pumps out a stout 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get this big sports coupe to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, putting it a class that no Hyundai has ever been in before – well, no production Hyundai at least.

With SEMA quickly approaching and Hyundai looking to show off the potential of its Genesis R-Spec, it has teamed up with the folks at ARK Performance to create a track-ready monster. This ARK Genesis Coupe R-Spec will make the trip along with Hyundai’s factory team at SEMA and hope to impress enough buyers to snag up their own Genesis R-Spec and do the same.

So what exactly went into building this beast? Click past the jump to find out exactly what this bad boy is packing.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec is one of the more attractive - and affordable - sports cars out on the market today. It’s also a car that’s ripe for some aftermarket lovin’.

Hyundai’s Frankfurt dealership took this to heart per the request of one of its customers, and with the help of Schmidt Revolution, they were able to trick out the Genesis Coupe with a series of new aftermarket products. It’s called the Project Panther.

The first part of the tuning work was improving the car’s overall style. A hand-made grille was fitted into the car as well as revised bumpers with new fog lamps, LEDs, and blacked-out headlights. Over at the back, Hyundai Frankfurt fitted a new IXION diffuser and a rear spoiler, giving it a more pronounced rear profile that highlights its sports car roots. Rounding out the exterior are a new set of 20" SCHMIDT Revolution FS Line three-piece wheels wrapped in Falken tires.

Inside, a couple of new features were also added, including a double DIN Pioneer AVIC in-dash system, and a MAGDEN digital display for showing OBD data.

Finally, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec also gets a new stainless steel exhaust system with four tailpipes and 200-cell metal catalysts by INJEN. No output figures were released, but with these modifications in tow, you can expect this black beast to produce more than the 306-horsepower it carries in standard guise.

At this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb , Rhys Millen and team RMR have set a new world record with a time of 9:46.164. And today Rhys has revealed a pretty cool video showing the entire hill climb.

With this time, Millen was just few tenths of a second quicker than 2010 Le Mans Champion Romain Dumas and his Porsche 997 GT3-R who managed a time of 9:46.181.

"With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed. Our cars balance remained the same from practice to race day using these Hankook F200 Tires this entire run. Even on a slick tire and torrential downpour in the last mile and a half, with the heat we were able to achieve in the tires the grip was still adequate and we were able to produce a new world record,” said Rhys Millen after Sundays victory from the summit.

As Hyundai continues growing its lineup into one that competes with just about every automaker in the market, it is still refreshing its current vehicles. The Genesis is up for a complete overhaul in the 2014 model year, but this doesn’t mean Hyundai will just standby and let their second-in-line sedan just roll into 2013 unchanged.

Hyundai has made a nice handful of changes to the Genesis, most of which the company is writing off as ways to make the lineup more simple. These changes include some mild changes under the hood and some tuning to the interior and technology of the popular sedan. Hyundai also added one huge addition to the inside of the Genesis Sedan that will help make every driver’s life much easier.

So, are these changes enough to keep the Genesis Sedan impressing us media folk? Well, you’re going to have to click past the jump to find out exactly what we think of this slightly revised version.


We tend to keep our focus on cars that run in excess of $100K and fly to 60 mph in sub-3-second times. What about those that can’t pull off a $2,000-per-month car payment and don’t need to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds? Well, this one’s for you.

We are going to take a look at the top budget sports cars in the automotive realm today and tear them apart to find out what’s good about them and what’s not so hot about them. After that, we’ll input all of that data into the "patented" TopSpeed top-pick machine and spew out which of these cars offers the best bang for its customer’s buck. Keep in mind that we are looking at driving factors only, option and equipment have no bearing on making a budget sports car more fun in this competition.

We’re only looking at new cars here, so that eliminates my personal favorite, the Mazdaspeed Miata . The Miata will, of course be in the competition, but its facing cars that are equally, if not more, powerful and that rival it in handling performance. So, who takes home the title?

Click past the jump to find out.


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