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Hyundai Genesis Coupe

by eric • November 8, • 0 Comments

I just did a #8211; which is nothing except #8230;

I did it in a Hyundai.

A Hyundai muscle car . Six-speed 306 horsepower.

Thumbs-up, Fonzie!

The is a mid-sized, rear-wheel-drive, two-plus-two coupe in the Camaro/Mustang tradition lacking only a V-8 engine now) and bodybuilder exterior to seal the deal.

Prices at $22,250 for the 2.0 T model with manual transmission and run up to $32,250 for a 3.8 with the 306 hp V-6 engine and six-speed

WHAT#8217;S NEW FOR 201 1

The Genesis coupe was last year as an all-new for Hyundai. Despite being a model, there are a number of changes for 2011, including an interior (new materials, padded armrests and additional trim for the gauge cluster) as as a new performance-minded 3.8 R-Spec package. It the 3.8 V-6 and manual transmission, plus the performance equipment that in the 3.8 GT and 3.8 Track #8211; but with a lower base price of

The similar 2.0 R-Spec package carries over.


Lower profile appearance you slide under the radar of drawing the attention of every cop in

Not as heavy #8211; or hulking as a Camaro or Mustang (or Challenger ).

warranty coverage than get with a Camaro, Mustang or


No V-8 (for the moment) in a segment V-8s are pretty much must-haves.

A Mustang GT, Camaro SS or R/T will clean its clock in a line.

Base V-6s in new Camaro and Challenger have as much power as the optional V-6 in the #8211; and lower starting

Doesn#8217;t have the history you get a Camaro, Mustang or Challenger.

the Drive-Thru Hero studliness of the muscle cars.


The Genesis can be equipped with a turbocharged, 210 hp 2.0 liter four-cylinder or a 3.8 306 hp V-6. Both engines standard with six-speed transmissions, with a five-speed optional for the four and a six-peed (with paddle shifters) for the V-6.

All versions are rear-wheel-drive.

versions do 0-60 in just 7 seconds; the V-6/six-speed cuts a off that time.

Gas mileage the four-cylinder engine and six speed is rated by the EPA at 21 city, 30 highway; versions register 17 city, 27

Rear-wheel-drive performance is not unique to brands #8211; but two-plus-twos high-powered V-8s in the high range have been Detroit#8217;s turf since the all the way through to now. When not if #8211; Hyundai puts a V-8 this thing (the sedan already offers a 4.6 368 hp V-8) American muscle will be facing the first challenge to their 40-plus dominance of the market for this of car.

The Big Three have already the ante in apparent recognition of the Threat #8211; by putting horsepower V-6s into muscle coupes as the standard #8211; with 400-plus hp available optionally. Even the V-6 now has over 300 hp (up from 250,

Still, the Genesis remains despite its short-term lack of a V-8 and a top dog engine that metes out 306 horsepower.


Even the Big Three#8217;s muscle coupes all more power, even in V-6 form #8211; they#8217;re carting around a lot more At just 3,294 lbs. 3,780 lbs. for the base V-6 Camaro, 3,750 lbs. for the 2011 V-6 Mustang #8211; and lbs. for the V-6 Challenger coupe) the is a comparative lightweight.

Its power-to-weight relative to the V-6 versions of the America coupes is pretty close and this is reflected in the comparable times (not counting vs. the V-8 of Camaro, Mustang and Challenger of

The American muscle coupes are heavy cars #8211; and feel it. They are thunderous in a line but more of a handful in the especially if you#8217;re not used to with a hulking, high-powered but two-ton-plus American muscle

The Genesis is more user-friendy and factors that can be credited to its size and much lower weight. It also has better of sight, especially compared to the #8211; which looks on the outside but has atrocious blind because of its chopped roof and raked/short glass.

There#8217;s also value to For $24,500 (only about $2k than the cost of the base V-6 Camaro and Mustang) you can get a Genesis 2.0 with the optional R-Spec that includes pretty performance equipment like rims with ultra-performance tires, high-capacity Brembo limited slip rear firm-ride suspension and several enhancements. This package includes manual adjusters to front-end camber to you tastes.

the much more powerful V-6 to the makes it even sweeter. No, it beat a Mustang GT, Camaro SS or R/T in the quarter mile.

But it#8217;ll be on their heels and when the gets twisty, things even up fast.

V-6 versions of the accelerate strongly, sound good and handle just as as the four-cylinder versions. When offers the 4.6 liter, 368 hp V-8 that#8217;s available in the Genesis sedan, it have a superior power to ratio than the Mustang GT, SS and Challenger R/T #8211; and ought to be at as quick, if not quicker.

Looks are a of clear departure for the Genesis to the traditional American muscle Though its layout is very to Camaro, Mustang and Challenger, not nearly as mean-looking as they are and it#8217;s physically a smaller At 182.3 inches long, it is six shorter, nose to tail, the next-longest Mustang at 188.1 #8211; and more than a shorter than the absolutely Dodge Challenger at 197.7

If you don#8217;t know what it is, probably assume it#8217;s FWD sport compact #8211; an updated version of the Tibby instead of Hyundai#8217;s first at building a real-wheel-drive muscle This was probably inevitable neither the Genesis nor Hyundai any history to fall back on or retro styling cues to

Genesis #8211; as its name #8211; is the start of something

Some buyers may like others not so much. The Genesis a much lower profile the Heroes of the Drive Thru who are all about getting noticed. great if you want everyone at you (cops included) but not so great if you

It#8217;s also possible because the Genesis doesn#8217;t the decades-long bad boy rep that comes Camaro, Mustang or Challenger, its to insure may be less.

Size matters when it comes to space.

Despite its more outside dimensions, the Genesis has two inches more front legroom (44.1 inches) the much larger on the outside and much heavier #8211; Challenger (42.4 inches) and to two inches more front headroom than the chop-roofed Camaro (39.2 inches for the vs. 37.4 for the Camaro). I love the but it#8217;s not the most livable car if over six feet tall.

The meanwhile, is easy to get into and out and comfortable to be in #8211; even if well over six feet

Back seat space in all cars is limited #8211; the nature of the beast #8211; but the smaller-on-the-outside Genesis has about the back seat head/legroom as its competition. Only the Challenger has more rear legroom inches vs. 30.3 inches for the

And the Hyundai actually has slightly backseat legroom than Mustang (29.8 inches) or (29.9 inches).

Pretty the only size-related area the Genesis comes up short is room, with just 10 feet vs. 16.2 for the class-leading But Camaro and Mustang only marginally larger trunks Genesis #8211; 11.3 feet and 13.4 cubic respectively.

None of these are made for carrying more two adults comfortably #8211; or much with you in the trunk. And rear-drive layout means are iffy in the snow #8211; if they#8217;re riding on high-performance tires.

Unlike most cars, the Genesis has frameless glass #8211; and while it well and helps the car feel closed-in, there is some when you pull the door with the glass up.

To the right of the straightforward main gauge #8211; large speedo and with large, highly fonts #8211; is a kind of engine torque output plus a bar graph #8220;instant#8221; economy readout that reads out a very optimistic MPGs. I#8217;d rather seen a set of useful accessory such as one for oil pressure and another for oil

Gadget-wise, Genesis can be ordered touch-screen navigation and Bluetooth as as a premium Infinity audio with music storage drive.

There#8217;s also an pigtail in the center console.

As a model, it is impossible to judge the prospective long-term reliability But indirectly, one can feel confident in it all recent Hyundais have to be well-built and problem-free as judged by the of recalls and consumer complaints which have been It certainly appears to be well-built, no obvious corner cutting or of slipshod construction (which you say about the appallingly slapped-together

It also has the best standard and coverage #8211; five and 60,000 miles on the whole 10 years and 100,000 miles on the and transmission. The Mustang, Camaro and all come with much three year, 36,000 basic warranties #8211; GM and Chrysler have upped powertrain coverage to five and 100,000 miles.

Mustang#8217;s is just five years/60,000

At the time this review was crash test scores not available.

All trims come standard side-impact and curtain air ABS, traction and stability


Hyundai#8217;s gunning for the big boys #8211; unchallenged hold on the last American-only corner of the marketplace may be to end.

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