2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 coupe: More than a match for the competition

Auto review by Veeno Dewan

It one of the hottest two -door coupes on the market and is becoming a common sight on Canadian roads. The Hyundai Genesis with its high impact styling two engine choices- a V6 and a four cylinder and the traditional front- engine rear wheel drive layout looks very attractive. For 2013 it has a few changes. The new look encompasses a sleeker front fascia, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, and a smart new hood design with twin “nostrils. Also new are a choice of 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs and sleeker LED taillights at the rear. With the Ford Mustang, Honda Accord coupe, Nissan Altima coupe, Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Camaro squarely in its sights the Hyundai Genesis Coupe means business.

The cockpit redesign dressed in expensive looking black leather features a new multi-gauge display and a metal trimmed centre console. Creature comforts about with all modern convenience features and the 7-inch touchscreen navigation system with controls for the Infinity audio system. All in all the Hyundai Genesis offers a sporty, slightly severe focused drivers environment, yet allows passengers to enjoy a roomy comfortable ambience.

On the engine front, both 4-cylinder and V6 engines benefit from noteworthy technology enhancements, with the 3.8-litre V6 engine receiving sophisticated Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine upgrading to a more efficient twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler. The available automatic transmission now boasts 8 speeds with a paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC® manual mode.

The V6 Genesis is powered by the 3.8-litre Lambda DOHC V6 engine with a sophisticated Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology, with an extra 42 horsepower and 29 lb.-ft of torque. Total horsepower for the V6 is 348 with torque at 295 lb-ft on premium fuel. As a plus unlike many performance cars the Genesis V6 with Its anti-knock technology allows the engine to run on regular fuel.

You can also gain a smaller engined version of the Genesis, with a twin scroll turbocharged 2.0-litre Theta II DOHC inline four-cylinder unit with a new exhaust manifold-integrated twin-scroll design for its turbocharger in addition to a larger intercooler with enhanced thermal efficiency. Fuel economy for the 3.8 GT manual is officially rated at 11.5 L/100 km city and 7.3 L/100 km highway.

Riding on high performance tires providing serious traction, the Genesis is quick off the mark fast and offers responsive handling. The ride thanks to the retuned suspension is also softer. however do not mistake the Genesis as some softy. The razor sharp steering makes quick work hairy corners, fast curves and spirited attacking driving. Also helping out is the as standard LSD and Brembo brakes meaning the Genesis makes well- modulated steady and non-faded braking stops. and stops as well as it goes. In closing you get premium performance GT for Bargain price.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe priced from: $26,499 – $38,799

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