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Hyundai, Ark Team on SEMA Genesis Coupe R-Spec

Adding more muscle to Hyundai’s performance coupe.

by on Sep.25, 2012

Hyundai will reveal the Ark Genesis Coupe at the upcoming SEMA Show.

Hyundai has pulled off some intriguing surprises with the super-tuner Ark, including last year’s turbocharged Veloster – which offered a hint of what was to come to the Korean maker’s showrooms just a few months later.

And so, even with the Paris Motor Show still days away, Hyundai is already giving us a sneak peek at what it has in store at the SEMA Show next month.  The Koreans are once again teaming up with Ark to deliver a show car version of Hyundai’s latest Genesis Coupe R-Spec.

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The production version of the Coupe is no slouch, but Ark takes things one giant step beyond, squeezing a full 395 horsepower and 340 foot-pounds of torque out of the Genesis Coupe R-Spec’s 3.8-liter V-6.

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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: Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC

Korean concept coupe gets 480 hp with supercharger.

by on Oct.14, 2011

Hyundai will reveal a 480-hp concept version of its Genesis Coupe at the upcoming SEMA Show.

Auto shows often provide designers and engineers an opportunity to play the game of “what if?” and nowhere more so than at the SEMA Show, the annual gathering of aftermarket suppliers that also brings out some of the wilder concepts and show car ideas from automakers like Hyundai.

And, when the show opens up in Las Vegas just in time for Halloween, the Korean carmaker will have a trick up its sleeve that will provide fans of its Genesis Coupe a real treat: the Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC.

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The result of a two-year development effort, it’s a 480-horsepower version of the sporty Genesis Coupe, with a supercharger strapped onto its 3.8-liter V-6 to bump up its stock 306 hp by nearly 60%.

The project was hatched by HATCI, the Hyundai America Technical Center Inc., which teamed up with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc. to develop and build the prototype.

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Hyundai Veloster: Two-door or Four-door? Yes

Three years later, oddball Veloster set to go into production.

by on Jan.10, 2011

Hyundai's Veloster is oddball small coupe that is expected to start at about $17,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

Not satisfied with one small, sporty coupe, Hyundai has brought the Veloster to production to sit in the stable alongside the Genesis Coupe. That doesn’t mean the Veloster is a spiritual sibling to the Gen Coupe. Far from it. The Gen Coupe is a rear-drive track attacker that intends to play with the Camaro and Mustang. The Veloster is a urban bomber — John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America’s president and CEO, said that Veloster drivers won’t get ticketed when driving at nine-tenths.

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Unlike the Gen Coupe, the Veloster is front-wheel drive and will be available with only one available engine: A 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. A rumored 200-horsepower turbo never materialized, but one could still be sold in the future. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. Wheel choices are either 17-inch or 18-inch. Suspension is a McPherson strut and coil springs up front, and what Hyundai calls a V-torsion beam rear suspension in back. Hyundai says that the Veloster will weigh 2,584 pounds at minimum with the manual trans, and that it can achieve up to 40 mpg highway (EPA ratings aren’t certified yet). (more…)