2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe |MotorWeek

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Hyundai Genesis

Episode 3150

While the Genesis Coupe has done a lot to increase the performance image of the Hyundai brand, It’s kind of stuck in the middle of the sports coupe segment. It doesn’t offer the retro style and tradition of pony cars like Camaro and Mustang, nor does it have all of the lightweight fun factor of new arrivals like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. So, just what does the Hyundai Genesis Coupe offer that other cars don’t?

Sometimes being caught in the middle is a good thing as you can poach sales from both sides without being a direct competitor with either one.

And so it is for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, with a turbo-4 that leans more towards the import names and a strong-running V6 that leans more towards Detroit brands, it’s adequately equipped to do battle with both. We chose the 3.8-liter V6 for our test, as it is updated with direct injection, providing 42 more horsepower, for a total of 348, and 29 more pound feet of torque to 295 and headed straight to the track to see what it would do.

Off the line, we could easily feel that additional torque, but there’s still plenty of grip for a good launch, and for shaving a few tenths off of our previous Genesis Coupe 3.8 test with a 0 to 60 time of 5.2-seconds. And, it now runs through the ¼-mile in 13.9-seconds at 103 miles-per-hour. The standard 6-speed manual transmission has also been tweaked to provide more feel, and indeed it was very precise. A new 8-speed automatic is available for those who prefer just two pedals.

Brakes certainly live up to the sporty style of the Genesis, as stopping from 60 took just 113-feet. Through the cones it felt well balanced with a front end that stays adhered at all times. There are new dampers, and steering has been re-calibrated.

Response is about the same, but we could notice some additional feedback and a little more connectedness overall. There’s enough torque to step the rear out a bit with timely throttle inputs and as before, R-Spec models get front strut camber adjustment bolts.

This latest Genesis Coupe also gets a fresh look. One that’s more aggressive and muscular, especially up front with the new fascia featuring larger air intakes, and a more menacing looking hood, though the new air “vents” are obviously for appearance only. Down the side, the Z-shaped body lines remain, but are set off by new wheels with a more sculpted look, available in 18’s or 19’s.

In the back, LED’s highlight a new tail light design, while down low, asymmetrical exhaust tips still add some flash to the black diffuser.

Hyundai Genesis

Interior updates are minor, but include new materials throughout that are a bit more inviting. Gauges are also updated with electroluminescent lighting and a new info center. R-Spec models sports seats with red leather bolstering and cloth inserts, and the red trim finds its way onto the door panels as well.

Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics is now available, but only in 3.8 Grand Touring, 3.8 Track, and 2.0T Premium trims. Though, all models add needed telescoping to the steering wheel.

On the street, this regenerated Genesis is plenty entertaining, but not as refined as it could be. Ride is still a bit harsh for our aging bodies. Government Fuel Economy Ratings for the V6 manual are 18-City and 27-Highway, and we managed a decent 24 miles per gallon in daily driving, but that’s on Premium Fuel.

The Energy Impact Score is average at 15.7-barrels of yearly oil use, with annual CO2 emissions of 7-tons. As the great Poison singer Bret Michaels once told us, “every rose has its thorn” and with the Genesis, all these great updates have come with a base price that’s 2-grand higher than last year, starting at $25,125. Our 3.8 R-Spec goes for $29,625.

Still, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a lot of car for the money while it also brings a little bit of sophistication to the class. It seems to have really embraced its “tweener” status. Much like a denim jacket, you have to be in the right crowd to feel cool sporting one, but in a group of like-minded individuals, the Genesis Coupe is indeed one slick ride.

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