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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Big and Sexy

But does the driving experience live up to the exotic looks?

by on Aug.30, 2012

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis has more power and more style.

There’s a lot to like about a powerful, somewhat rare, exotic-looking rear-wheel drive sports coupe. And did we mention that it’s relatively affordable?

It seems odd that Hyundai gave the coupe the same name as the four-door with which it shares a platform, the Genesis sedan. What all the other good names were taken?

But starting at just $24,250 with destination, the Genesis Coupe is a surprising value.

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The coupe comes standard with the same 274-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo that makes the Hyundai Sonata a scream. The base engine is up 64 horsepower compared to last year’s model, and 74 more than the vaunted Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S. The test car had the optional 3.8-liter V-6 with 348 horsepower, up 42 horses compared to the 2012 model, mostly thanks to the addition of direct injection.

It’s too bad the V-6 sounds like a vacuum cleaner that ate a bag full of marbles. It’s not smooth, it seems as though it makes a lot of unrefined induction sound and the exhaust is boomy, not lusty.

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First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

More aggressive design, improved performance.

by on Jan.09, 2012

Hyundai's Genesis Coupe gets a more aggressive look for 2013 - along with the added power to back that up.

The original Hyundai Genesis sedan scored a grand slam for the Korean carmaker, winning the coveted North American Car of the Year trophy and plenty of demand for a first entry into the luxury market.  But while the little coupe that shared the Genesis name was certainly fun to drive it didn’t quite find its own identity.

Hyundai hopes to resolve that problem with the 2013 update of the Genesis Coupe, giving the 2-door a more luxurious, refined and decidedly aggressive appearance and backing that up with some serious performance credentials.

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The overall look and key dimensions of the rear-drive Genesis Coupe remain the same, with the 2-door featuring the long wheelbase and short overhangs of a classic sports coupe.  Nonetheless, changes are visible right up front, where the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe sports a more aggressive front fascia, trapezoid grille, lamps and hood heat extractor cues – which, unfortunately are just that; they are not actually functional.

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Hyundai Studying 450-hp, V-8 Genesis Coupe

Maker also confirms plans for turbo Veloster.

by on Nov.02, 2011

The Ark Performance Veloster, a concept version of the new turbo-hatchback Hyundai will unveil at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

Horsepower, it seems, is quickly becoming as much a push at Hyundai  as fuel-economy.

The maker unleashed a half-dozen high-performance concept vehicles at this year’s big aftermarket event in Las Vegas, the annual SEMA Show, and at least two of them will influence future production products, including both a turbocharged Veloster and a possible V-8-powered version of the Genesis Coupe.

During a SEMA preview, Hyundai of America CEO John Krafcik confirmed plans to add the turbo to the well-reviewed, if somewhat anemic Veloster, revealing that it will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January and hit showrooms soon afterwards.

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The production model will be influenced by the bold ARK Performance Veloster, a customized SEMA one-off that uses a twin-scroll turbo to squeeze 210 hp out of the hatchback.  Though Krafcik cautioned that the final numbers for the production Veloster Turbo haven’t been finalized, it should see somewhere in the range of a 50% bump over the 138-hp naturally aspirated version.

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For Hyundai, “Flat is the New Up”

Automaker defying recession with risky expansion strategy.

by on Mar.27, 2009

Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe joins a rapidly-expanding line-up, but could Hyundai soon have too many products to sustain?

Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe joins a rapidly-expanding line-up, but could Hyundai soon have too many products to sustain?

This is a decidedly democratic downturn.  Even some of the strongest brands, like Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, have been suffering declines well into the double-digits, in recent months.  Only a rare few marques have defied the recession, with sales holding at least steady with last year’s levels.

Hyundai is a member of that exclusive club, one senior executive recently quipping that “flat is the new up.”

The Korean carmaker’s success might have come as a surprise only a few years ago, when it was the butt of frequent jokes on the late-night talk show circuit.  But a combination of value, an assortment of new products – and a creative incentive program meant to shield customers from the ravages of the recession – have paid off even more than senior company officials had predicted.

But can Hyundai keep its momentum going?  Even CEO John Krafcik admits it won’t be easy if the economy doesn’t start cooperating again soon.

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