|The 2013 Genesis Coupe gets an aggressive new front fascia. Our tester looked great in silver. Photo by Curtis Reesor.|
The Genesis Coupe is refreshed for ’13, sporting new front and rear fasciae and more power. In fact, power gets a significant 42 horsepower bump, and 29 more ft./lbs. or torque (348 and 295, respectively) on premium fuel. For you misers, you can use low-octane fuel, but performance will decrease. I’d advise sucking it up and giving it the good stuff.
|Great lines, a prominent grille, and new LED running lights round out the Genesis Coupe's front. Photo by Curtis Reesor.|
|The interior is solid and comfortable. The three gauges on the center stack look impressive, but can be distracting.|
Visibility is unexpectedly good for a sports coupe. I thought it might be a touch difficult to see out of, but it wasn’t. The dashboard was met mostly with praise, as gauges were easy to read, radio/navigation and HVAC controls were intuitive to operate, and the steering-wheel-mounted controls work as they should. Hyundai’s BlueLink infotainment system offers a host of techie features, such as location sharing, voice text messaging, and roadside assistance. As with most Hyundais, the Bluetooth connectivity is some of the best and most intuitive in the automotive industry.
The only real interior complaint comes from the three gauges mounted on the center stack, which include dials for torque (really?), fuel economy (redundant, since it can also be displayed on the dash), and oil pressure (that one’s OK). Frankly, you shouldn’t be looking down there while driving in the first place. Secondly, when it’s sunny out, those gauges often reflect glare right into the passenger’s eyes, as my wife pointed out. Overall, however, the interior is very nice. Of course, I had a number of people comment to me expressing disbelief that this was a Hyundai. This brings me to a short rant. (Let me climb up on my soapbox for a minute …)
As I told my co-worker: Forget that Hyundai ever made the Excel. Forget about all the things you have in your head about Hyundais. This car is 100% proof that Hyundai is making world-class cars that are solid, attractive, reliable, and worth owning. Don’t believe me? Live with this car for a week, and I dare you to come back and tell me it’s junk. You won’t. Now can someone help me off this box of soap?
Back to reality, but only for a moment. Because push the start/stop button on the dashboard, and the 3.8-liter gasoline-direct-injected V-6 will roar to life with an ear-pleasing symphony of power that may make your forget about your troubles all together. Our test model included Hyundai’s new eight-speed automatic transmission—yes, eight forward gears. And although I was hoping for the six-speed manual model, the automatic is quite good, so long as you leave it in the automatic mode. Shifts are smooth and quick. Unfortunately, if you opt to shift the gears with the steering wheel paddles or move the gear selector on the stick, things don’t happen quickly enough to be used spiritedly. There’s too much delay to truly take advantage of vigorous driving if you shift things yourself, which is a shame, since so much is good about the driveline. The software just can’t seem to keep up.
However, put things in “D,” mash the throttle, and you can’t help but grin as there is gobs of thrust; plus there’s that racy exhaust note. It’s not quite as loud as a Nissan 370Z, but it’s along those lines. Grip is tenacious with its 225/40/19 front tires and 245/40/19 rear tires, however, you can make the rear step out when pushed, but it’s quite predictable. The traction/stability control quells most of the tire spin and horizontal escapades; perhaps too much so at times. Luckily for you track rats, the traction control can be disabled. Handling is very good; the ride is understandably stuff, and the limited-slip differential does a great job of keeping things in check. Even in the rain, the Genesis Coupe had impressive grip with the Bridgestone Potenza tires. Cornering is as flat, turn in is quick, and the steering is precise. This coupe is no lightweight, by the way. The curb weight for the auto-equipped Genesis Coupe is 3,613 lbs., which is right in line with both the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro V6 models, but heavier than the 370Z. Performance wise, it is very solid—even with the automatic. You’re not buying this car for its fuel economy, but it is rated at 18 city and 27 highway on premium fuel. We got 19 MPG. A quick shout out to those big Brembo rakes, too. They saved my bacon in one instance where a inattentive motorist pulled right out in front of me while I was doing 50 MPH. These suckers really grab.
This V-6-powered Hyundai Coupe will do battle against other rear-drive sixes, such as the turbocharged Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro, and the Nissan 370Z. At about $35,000 as tested, it’s more expensive than a similarly equipped Camaro and Mustang, but less than a 370Z. And yes, it still has Hyundai’s 5 year, 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10 year, 100,000 powertrain coverage.
|With an attractive back side, great stance, and solid lines, the Genesis Coupe is a real looker. Photo by Curtis Reesor.|