2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Hyundai has tossed around a lot of big talk regarding its new front-engine/rear-drive entry, the Genesis Coupe. Press releases quote executives mentioning things like using the ride, handling, and power of the Infiniti G37 Coupe as benchmarks, having chassis rigidity 24% stiffer than the BMW M3, and being the least expensive 300+hp coupe on the market. Truly, the Genesis Coupe brings a lot to the table for its relatively small pricetag. With a list of standard features that will make a lot of competitors blush, the Coupe is nicely positioned for its debut.

The Base engine is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder (I4) that produces 210 hp and 233 lb-ft of torque. This means a 0-60 time that still falls well under 7 seconds, although testers have complained about “buzziness” with this engine. The various trims utilizing the 2.0-liter have either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic and get EPA estimates of 21/30 mpg on regular old 87 octane, something Hyundai seems determined not to let anyone forget.

The larger of the two available engines is a 3.8-liter V6, which will do 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, thanks to 306 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. With a six-speed manual that has seen a wealth of criticism for imprecise feel and general sloppiness, it seems the optional and proven ZF six-speed automatic is the transmission of choice. Standard paddle shifters and a more aggressive rear axle ratio with the automatic - 3.73 vs. 3.54 - also speak well for its overall reception. Again, running on plain old 87 octane, the V6 will deliver EPA estimates of 17/26 mpg for the manual and 18/26 for the automatic.

There are several limited trims, including the 2.0T Track trim, which comes with 19-inch alloys, 13.4-inch Brembo disc brakes with four-piston red calipers, a Torsen-type limited-slip differential, unique leather-accented seats, aluminum pedals, Xenon HID headlights, foglamps, an aluminum spare wheel, a navigation system, and a rear spoiler. An “R-Spec” trim offers the same features of the Track trim, minus the leather seats, navigation system, and Xenon lights, hoping to attract the racing crowd with a blank canvas.

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