The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is two-door sports car that shares its rear-wheel-drive platform with the refined Genesis luxury sedan. For the latest model year, Hyundai gave the Genesis Coupe a thorough update that includes new exterior styling and a revised interior along with more powerful and efficient powertrain options.
Outside, the Genesis Coupe retains its blend of traditional coupe proportions and modern details but now features the same hexagonal grille that adorns the Veloster hatchback and several other recent Hyundai models. The hood receives a pair of air vents for better engine cooling, while a row of LED lights above each foglamp adds another level of embellishment. Restyled headlamps round out the exterior changes.
The cabin also got a fair bit of attention for the latest model year, receiving a redesigned instrument panel and a heavily revised center stack that incorporates a trio of ancillary electroluminescent gauges. Other new interior features include the addition of a telescoping steering wheel and driver seat power lumbar.
While the Genesis Coupe has always handled corners with aplomb, the latest version was upgraded with retuned low-velocity-control suspension dampers for an improved ride and better handling than the outgoing model. Those looking for even more can opt for R-Spec trim level (discussed in detail below), which adds goodies like Brembo brakes and a limited-slip differential.
More Potent Powertrain Lineup
Hyundai revised both the standard turbocharged four-cylinder and optional V6 for increased power while also adding a new automatic transmission for better fuel economy.
The 2.0-liter turbo four (now the same unit employed in Sonata Turbo) makes 274 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the old four-banger made just 210 ponies and 223 lb-ft of twist. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while the automatic now has a class-leading eight gears. Fuel economy is rated at 20/31 mpg for the automatic and 21/30 for the stick.
Buyers looking for a bit more muscle can opt for the 3.8-liter Lambda V6, which now reports for duty with 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, marking a healthy 42 horsepower and 29 ft-lb upgrade over the last-generation V6. Transmission choices are identical to those of the four-cylinder, and mileage checks in at 18/28 with the auto and 18/27 for the manual. This new direct-injected engine will propel the Genesis Coupe from zero-to-60 mph in the lower five-second range on its way to a 149 mph electronically-limited top speed.
Both four-cylinder and V6 models with the automatic transmission have the ability to summon gear shifts thanks to paddle-shift Shiftronic technology that comes standard.
It's worth noting that both engines require premium fuel.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Genesis Coupe is offered in three trim levels with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine (2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec and 2.0T Premium) and three trim levels with the V6 mill (3.8 R-Spec, Grand Touring, 3.8 Track).
The 2.0T comes standard with A/C, power locks and windows, a 170-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with Sirius XM radio and iPod and USB jacks, 19-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and cruise control.
The performance-oriented 2.0T R-Spec adds a track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential and a front camber adjustment bolt. Only the six-speed manual is available with this trim.
The upscale 2.0T Premium starts with the normal 2.0T's features and adds a 10-speaker, 360-watt Infinity sound system, a navaigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and SiriusXM NavTraffic, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, a power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control and a power sunroof. This trim can only be had with the automatic transmission.
Moving along to V6 trims, the 3.8 R-Spec has essentially the same features as its four-cylinder equivalent except for the addition of foglamps. The 3.8 Grand Touring boasts the features of the 2.0T premium but ups the ante with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, backup warning sensors, a proximity key with pushbutton start and heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators.
Finally, the 3.8 Track combines the luxury items of the 3.8 Grand Touring with the performance features of the 3.8 R-Spec while adding aluminum pedals, a rear spoiler, aero wiper blades and HID xenon headlights and also offering the choice of either transmission.
All Genesis Coupe models come standard with dual front, side and side curtain airbags along with traction and stability control systems, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and active front head restraints.
Depending on whether the Genesis Coupe is spec'd with the four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine, it competes against the V6- or V8-equipped Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro as well as the Nissan 370Z.