NAIAS: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Preview

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.

  • ToolGuy @Matt, let me throw this at you:Let's say I drive a typical ICE vehicle 15,000 miles/year at a typical 18 mpg (observed). Let's say fuel is $4.50/gallon and electricity cost for my EV will be one-third of my gasoline cost - so replacing the ICE with an EV would save me $2,500 per year. Let's say I keep my vehicles 8 years. That's $20,000 in fuel savings over the life of the vehicle.If the vehicles have equal capabilities and are otherwise comparable, a rational typical consumer should be willing to pay up to a $20,000 premium for the EV over the ICE. (More if they drive more.)TL;DR: Why do they cost more? Because they are worth it (potentially).
  • Inside Looking Out Why EBFlex dominates this EV discussion? Just because he is a Ford expert?
  • Marky S. Very nice article and photos. I am a HUGE Edsel fan. I have always been fascinated with the "Charlie Brown of Cars." Allow me to make a minor correction to add here: the Pacer line was the second-from-bottom rung Edsel, not the entry-level trim. That would be the Edsel Ranger for 1958. It had the widest array of body styles. The Ranger 2-door sedan (with a "B-pillar", not a pillarless hardtop), was priced at $2,484. So, the Ranger and Pacer both used the smaller Ford body. The next two upscale Edsel's were based on the Mercury body, are were: Corsair, and, top-line Citation. Although the 1959 style is my fav. I would love a '58 Edsel Pacer 4-door hardtop sedan!
  • Lou_BC Stupid to kill the 6ft box in the crewcab. That's the most common Canyon/Colorado trim I see. That kills the utility of a small truck. The extended cab was a poor seller so that makes sense. GM should have kept the diesel. It's a decent engine that mates well with the 6 speed. Fuel economy is impressive.
  • Lou_BC High end EV's are selling well. Car companies are taking advantage of that fact. I see quite a few $100k pickups in my travels so why is that ok but $100k EV's are bad? The cynical side of me sees car companies tack on 8k premiums to EV's around the time we see governments up EV credits. Coincidence? No fooking way.