NAIAS: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Preview

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
naias 2013 hyundai genesis coupe preview

With the Hyundai Veloster getting a 201 horsepower turbocharged engine, the Genesis Coupe needed some love. Aside from the visual changes, the Genesis Coupe gets a power bump across the board, as well as chassis tweaks.

The 2.0L I4 gets a 30 percent bump in power to 274 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. A new 8-speed automatic compliments the 6-speed manual. The 3.8L V6 gets direct injecton as well as a bump to 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, with the 8-speed appearing as well (the 6-speed stick is still available).

A quicker steering rack, a stability control system that can apparently be turned off completely and revised suspension settings round out the changes. Turbo powered cars can get 21/30 mpg with the stick or 20/31 mpg with the automatic, while V6 cars with a manual can do 18/27 or 18/28 with the slushbox.

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  • Geozinger Geozinger on Jan 10, 2012

    I guess the "leaked" pix from a few months back were the real thing, and not faked as was posted at the time. I liked it then, and I like it now. I have the desire for one (Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, Genesis, G37, et al) of these coupes. It would be fun to have one of these as a hobbyist track day driver. But finances and other obligations will probably put me back in a sedan or wagon of some sort.

  • JMII JMII on Jan 10, 2012

    Since I bought a 350Z two months ago I'll tell ya why: I looked at getting a lightly used G35, 350Z or newer Gen Coupe and quickly determined that the hatchback configuration offers more useable storage space when compared to the silly small trunk with a mail-slot opening in the other choices. The backseats in G35 and Gen Coupe are worthless, only small kids would fit back there. The Z ditches the seats and gains an easily-to-load/access space due to the hatch. For example my fishing poles actually fit in the Z. The G35 seats don't fold down so I couldn't fit any long items in. I've already transported a large mirror and some drapery rods in the back of my Z. Yes the strut tower brace is limiting, but long or narrow items will fit. As a daily driver the G35 is the better car since its not as rough or loud as the Z, but you need to step up to the G37 to get any interior improvements. Thus (IMHO) the Gen Coupe is actually the nicest on the inside. At money I was looking to spend it was a stripped Gen Coupe Turbo which (previously to '13) was slightly underpowered compared to the other choices. If the '13 has the same engine in the Sonata turbo it has very little lag (my parents own one). I know lag... I once owned a 210HP/214TQ Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T. I actually prefer the low-end torque advantage of a turbo but the 3.5 V6 in the Z surprised me by having plenty of power throughout the RPM range, plus it sounds better. I couldn't wait for the Toy86/BRZ, plus I assume it suffers from limited trunk space as well.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.