The Genesis Coupe is Hyundai’s most dynamic performance car, appealing directly to the true driving enthusiast. The 2013 version was introduced to the media recently as “refreshed”, but it’s much more than last year’s model with a few cosmetic changes. After a detailed examination and a thorough test drive, it’s more appropriate to say it’s all new.
Yes, it’s true that the basic sheetmetal hasn’t changed much. The traditional rear-drive sport coupe proportions remain the same, but several important design cues give the Genesis Coupe a more intimidating demeanor.
A redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and hood with heat extractor cues give the coupe a new appearance that all but screams performance. Enlarged openings in the front fascia are there for better engine breathing but also create a more aggressive look.
Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated into the blacked-out rear diffuser, newly contoured LED taillights and either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels with deep dimensional sculpting complete the performance image.
The old saying “beauty is only skin-deep” simply does not apply to the new Genesis Coupe. Its more aggressive styling is complemented by technology enhancements that deliver impressive performance gains.
The 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC V6 engine gets direct-injection technology that adds 42 horsepower (14 percent) and 29 lb.-ft of torque (11 percent). Peak horsepower rises to 348 at 6,400 RPM, with peak torque increasing to 295 lb.-ft. at 5,300 RPM on premium fuel.
To broaden the power band, the V6 uses dual continuously variable valve timing and a variable intake system for better intake air management at both low and high RPM. The combination of direct injection and better breathing results in stunning throttle response and off-the-line performance. That’s enough to propel the Coupe from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds as it screams up to its149 mph electronically limited top speed.
The V6 engine uses an alloy block and cylinder heads for lighter weight and thermal efficiency and features durable, quiet timing chains with no scheduled maintenance.
Hyundai’s anti-knock technology gives this V6 the versatility to run on regular fuel, and just to make sure make sure this engine’s aural character matches its performance, there’s an induction intake sound pipe into the cabin.
The turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline four is still available in the Genesis Coupe, but for 2013 it’s been made a bit more potent by replacing the single-scroll turbocharger with a new twin-scroll design that Hyundai engineers say is more efficient and produces cooler cylinder temperatures than the former single-scroll design. Also, the twin-scroll is more precise, with reduced turbo lag, leaner air/fuel ratios and more evenly distributed pressure in the exhaust ports.
The 53 percent larger intercooler further reduces intake temperatures, providing denser, cooler air that develops even more power. Dual continuously variable valve timing and dual cat-back exhausts optimize breathing. The contributions of all of these seemingly small improvements add up to substantial power, efficiency and emissions gains.
The 2.0-liter turbo now generates 274 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque on premium fuel. That’s an increase of 30 and 23 percent respectively. And, unlike many competitive turbo engines, this turbo’s anti-knock sensors automatically adjust ignition timing and engine mapping to run on regular fuel, yielding 260 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 RPM.
Automatic transmissions for these two engines now have 8-speeds, with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC manual-shifting capability. Believe it or not, the automatics get slightly better fuel economy than the manual transmissions with18 city/28 highway for the V6 and 20 city/31 highway for the four. The standard six-speed manual transmissions have been extensively tweaked to provide a more driver-friendly shift feel.
The Coupe’s body shell makes good use of ultra-high-tensile steel. The rear-wheel drive powertrain configuration provides a well-balanced 55:45 front-to-rear weight distribution for the 2.0T, and 56:44 for the 3.8 model.
Spring, damper, and bushing ratings for the MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and five-link rear suspension have all been recalibrated to match the characteristics of the new powertrains. Hydraulic, rack-and-pinion steering has been recalibrated with an even quicker, 13.8:1 ratio.
The Coupe’s interior has a more upscale look with a stitched-seam appearance on the instrument panel. A center fascia tray with cover has been added for more storage, and interior surfaces now have a softer touch with lower sheen. To further complement the new interior look, a new tan leather interior, red leather bolster/red cloth insert interior, and a gray leather bolster/gray cloth insert interior have been added to the interior color selections.
A new driver-side rear seat walk-in assist function has been added for more convenient rear seat access from the driver’s side. Convenient seatbelt assist guides make it easier for front passengers to buckle up. Sport front seats with deep side bolsters offer good lateral support for all but the most enthusiastic driving.
The instrument cluster now features electroluminescent gauges. A center stack multi-gauge cluster with instantaneous mpg, torque level (3.8 models) or turbocharger boost pressure (2.0T models), and oil temperature is standard on all trims.
Those who want to listen to more than the sound of the engine will like the standard auxiliary input jacks to accommodate and charge personal audio devices such as an iPod. The system allows the driver to access tracks with the steering wheel audio controls and easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than the iPod unit.
The 2013 Genesis Coupe includes a wide range of both active and passive safety features. Standard safety technology includes driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags, side air curtains and active front head restraints.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard in all Genesis Coupe models. In a nod to enthusiasts, the 2013 Coupe now offers three driver-selectable ESC modes with options for various driver preferences and road conditions:
The Genesis Coupe has seven new color offerings to go along with its new aggressive styling. In keeping with the color names selected at launch, all new color names are derived from world-famous racing circuits. These new colors include: Parabolica Blue, Catalunya Copper, Monaco White, Becketts Black, Circuit Silver, Gran Premio Gray, and Shoreline Drive Blue.
Hyundai’s proprietary telematics platform, Blue Link, is now available, providing Genesis Coupe owners with a variety of infotainment services to meet their individual connectivity needs. More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.HyundaiBlueLink.com.
We had a chance to drive this new Coupe on some twisting mountain roads and a private racetrack In Nevada. Needless to say, it’s a blast to drive. Acceleration is strong enough to tilt your head back and pull the skin tight on your face. Tight turns on mountain roads as well as on the track are handled with ease. The balance between ride and handling is definitely skewed toward great handling, so the ride is firm. And for serious status seakers, the Coupe’s great styling turns heads everywhere
The base 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T starts at $25,125, reflecting a $2,000 price increase over the outgoing model. The top-of-the-line 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track model with a 3.8-liter GDI V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission starts at $35,125.