The current Hyundai Genesis Coupe went on sale in United States dealerships back on February 26, 2009. It was a pretty cool sports car powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder that delivered 212 HP and 217 lb.-ft. of torque, but in 2011, Hyundai tried making it even better by adding a new version: the Coupe 3.8 R-Spec . This new coupe is powered by a 3.8 liter V6 engine that delivers 306 HP, which is obviously better than the previous model, but apparently, that addition simply wasn’t enough for Hyundai. Now, they’ve brought the facelift version of the Genesis Coupe to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, in its American version.
The new 2013 Genesis Coupe sports more aggressive coupe styling, complemented by an improved interior and design. It will be available with 4-cylinder and V6 engines, both of which benefit from significant technology enhancements, a 3.8-liter V6 engine with sophisticated direct-injection technology, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that has been upgraded to a more precise twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler.
UPDATE 01/09/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
UPDATE 02/14/2012: Hyundai has announced today prices for the new Genesis Coupe that will go on sale this March. Prices will range from $24,250 for the 2.0T model to $34,250 for the 3.8 Track. The 3.8-liter R-Spec model is priced from $28,750. Hit the jump for the full pricing list.
Hit the jump to read more about the future 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was the first model to adopt Hyundai’s new design language. However, for 2013, the company went a little bit further and have adapted a new design language that was initially offered for the Veloster in early 2011. The Genesis Coupe has received an aggressively redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, and hood with heat extractor cues, as well as new taillights with premium LED illumination and new contours. Hyundai continued the redesign work by maximizing the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse and by adding enlarged openings in the front fascia that allow for better engine breathing along with a more aggressive look. The rear is now dominated by dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with the blackout rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior are new 18- and 19" alloy wheel designs with deeper dimensional sculpting.
The interior of the Genesis Coupe was also significantly improved for the new model year. The instrument panel crash pad now features a stitched-seam appearance for a distinctly upscale look with an electroluminescent gauge cluster for premium ambiance and superior readability. A new driver-side rear seat walk-in assist function has also been added for more convenient rear seat access from the driver’s side. The driver will take his mpg, torque level (3.8 models), or turbocharger boost pressure (2.0T models), and oil temperature information by using details from a center stack multi-gauge cluster. The parking brake lever has also been jazzed up with leather for the leather-equipped models.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 3.8-liter V6 engine. The base version delivers a total of 274 HP (a massive 30% increase) at 6000 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. of torque (an impressive 23% increase) at 2,000 RPM. The V6 engine delivers a total of 348 HP at 6,400 RPM and a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft. at 5,300 RPM on premium fuel. The V6 engine will allow the Genesis Coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the lower 5-second range on its way to an impressive 149 mph electronically-limited top speed.
Both engines are mated to standard six-speed manual transmissions which have been extensively refined to provide more driver-friendly shift gating and balanced weighting precision. As an option, Hyundai will also be offering an in-house-developed eight-speed automatic with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC manual-shifting capability.
When Can I Buy One?
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will go on sale in March 2012.
|2.0T||2.0L Turbo 4-cyl||6-Speed M/T||$24,250|
|2.0T||2.0L Turbo 4-cyl||8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®||$25,500|
|2.0T R-Spec||2.0L Turbo 4-cyl||6-Speed M/T||$26,500|
|2.0T Premium||2.0L Turbo 4-cyl||8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®||$28,750|
|3.8 R-Spec||3.8L GDI V6||6-Speed M/T||$28,750|
|3.8 Grand Touring||3.8L GDI V6||8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®||$32,000|
|3.8 Track||3.8L GDI V6||6-Speed M/T||$33,000|
|3.8 Track||3.8L GDI V6||8-Speed A/T SHIFTRONIC®||$34,250|
When Hyundai announced that the 2012 Genesis Coupe would receive a new engine, they also announced that this move was made in order to make it a competitor for the Ford Mustang . While it might sound crazy, you have to admire Hyundai’s enthusiasm. But its main competitor will remain the Infiniti IPL G Coupe .
The 2011 Ford Mustang is powered by an all new aluminum 3.7 Liter six cylinder engine that puts out a total of 305 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque combined with a fuel efficient six speed automatic transmission. The Genesis, of course, will deliver more, but is it enough to convince people that it is better than a Mustang, especially with the strong following the Mustang has?
The Infiniti IPL G Coupe is powered by a VQ37HR 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 348 HP and 276 lb-ft of torque. It delivers the same amount of power as the Genesis, but you have to admit that the Hyundai does look better.
- Improved appearance
- Better engines
- Both manual and automatic
- Four-cylinder version is not that impressive
- Limited top speed