- Sleekest styling in the segment.
- Solid rear-wheel-drive handling.
- Tuner-friendly turbo engine.
- Strong braking performance.
- Value-packed pricing.
- Front-end styling not to everyone's tastes.
- Stock engine not very powerful.
- Some cheap interior plastics.
- Limited rear headroom.
- A bit too heavy.
Press Coverage :
The new-for-2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a purpose-built rear-wheel drive sport coupe featuring a performance-focused base engine – a 210 hp, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Following the introduction earlier this year of the rear-wheel drive Genesis sport sedan, Genesis Coupe is Hyundai’s most dynamic performance car ever and the second consecutive all-new model introduction from Hyundai appealing directly to the car enthusiast. Genesis Coupe uses the same flexible rear-wheel drive architecture originally developed for the Genesis sport sedan.
Genesis Coupe is unmistakably linked to several Hyundai concept cars. The powerful curves, undulating beltline, surface detail, and "Z" bodyside lines come straight from the HCD9 Talus and the HCD8 sport coupe concepts.
Genesis Coupe’s arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car’s broad shoulders and wide stance. The Genesis Coupe’s rocker panels are drawn close to the ground making the bodysides extra thick and the daylight opening thin, allowing the wheels to be slammed up into bulging fenders. To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximized.
Large openings in the front fascia allow for better engine breathing. The dual exhaust tips integrated into the rear fascia with surrounding blackout repeat the design theme of the front fascia graphic.
Genesis Coupe rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels or optional 19-inch wheels, both delivering a bold stance and aggressive handling
In keeping with its mission to be the most exciting, attainable sport coupe on the road, the Genesis Coupe boasts a cockpit designed to enhance the driving experience. An information display screen features an outside temperature reading and audio system information. Analog gauges include a large speedometer and tachometer positioned so the driver can immediately access critical driving information. The instrument cluster features Hyundai’s signature blue gauge illumination.
Bucket front seats with large side bolsters offer excellent lateral support for enthusiastic driving. High-quality seating surfaces range from full black fabric on the Genesis Coupe GS and GT, to optional full black or brown leather on the GT, to red cloth inserts with black leather bolsters on the SE.
Among the other refinements are an Infinity audio system and two-stage front seat warmers. Genesis Coupe also offers the convenience of a Smart Key and push-button starter.
Genesis Coupe’s body shell is rich in ultra-high-tensile steel. Genesis Coupe is lighter than the Infiniti G37, and its chassis is also 24 percent stiffer in bending rigidity than the BMW E46 M3. Rear-wheel drive provides a 55:45 front/rear weight distribution.
The turbocharged, intercooled 2.0L DOHC inline four-cylinder benefits from CVVT on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. The 2.0L turbo generates 210 horsepower (223 horsepower using premium fuel) and 217 lb-ft of torque. It also features a cast-aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head. Both engines feature a free flowing dual cat-back exhaust and an available limited slip differential to put the power to the ground.
Genesis Coupe employs a MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension setup. The front suspension is mounted to the body via a solid subframe which is lighter and stronger than a multi-piece component would be. To help reduce body roll and tune the Genesis Coupe’s at-the-limit handling for maximum predictability, 23-mm diameter front and 18-mm diameter rear stabilizer bars are used.
While all Genesis Coupe models offer a fun and sporty driving experience, the high-performance Genesis Coupe SE is a most willing partner for the true enthusiast. The SE’s track-tuned sport suspension features a stiffer front spring rate, stiffer rear spring rate and unique shock valving. Genesis Coupe SE delivers an increase in roll control over the GS. Superb structural rigidity sets the foundation for precisely-tuned handling performance in all Genesis Coupes.
Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering with a quick ratio gear delivers both linearity and agility. The steering is also engine-RPM sensing.
The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Genesis Coupe 2.0t offers an optional five-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC.
Drivers can access the SHIFTRONIC feature by moving the gear selector into a separate gate. Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to driver control. A clear LCD readout on the instrument panel shows the gear that’s in use.
Brembo four-piston calipers clamp down on 13.4-inch front brake rotors and 13-inch rear rotors on SE models. All other models get substantial 12.6-inch front ventilated rotors and 12.4-inch rotors in the rear with floating single piston calipers.
The 2010 Genesis Coupe offers Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. The advantages of HID headlamps include greater lighting power, daylight-type lighting and reduced power consumption. In addition, the cut lines of the new HID headlights are extremely precise, providing maximum nighttime visibility without distracting other drivers.
Music lovers will welcome the 2010 Genesis Coupe’s standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, located in the center storage compartment, not only does it play music through the vehicle’s audio system, but it also charges the iPod and allows the driver to access tracks with the steering wheel audio controls. This system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself.
In keeping with Hyundai’s focus on offering segment-leading standard safety technologies across its lineup, the 2010 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.
Genesis Coupe has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements, and five-mph energy-absorbing bumpers. The hood also includes buckling creases and safety stops.
All Genesis Coupe models feature standard four-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance under various dynamic loading conditions. The system also includes Brake Assist, which provides maximum ABS-level braking force when a panic stop is detected.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry’s most effective life-saving technologies, is standard in all Genesis Coupes. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) studies suggest vehicles equipped with ESC experience 56 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes.
Put the spurs to it hard and you can feel some driveline lash (perhaps due to soft engine mounts to dampen vibration) but in normal driving this is a nonissue. The six-speed manual had solid, precise throws through the gates and the clutch is likewise user-friendly with a light, progressive action.
Though this Hyundai can hustle, it just doesn't seem like it enjoys it. Engine revs drop off rather slowly when you lift off the gas, as if it's fitted with a cast-iron flywheel. Furthermore, the engine is tuned for low and midrange power, so it fizzles out as the tach's needle flirts with redline. Also, the engine's note is more Hoover than high performance. Perhaps a low-restriction air filter and a performance exhaust system would help the force-fed four's soundtrack. High-speed highway cruising, however, is quiet and refined, with 75 mph equating to 3,000 rpm.
With less weight in the nose than the already agile Genesis Coupe V6, the Coupe 2.0T eats up the squiggly lines on a map like a kid slurping spaghetti. The quick-witted steering has ideal weighting and no slop on-center. Turn-in is immediate and the car feels buttoned down through serpentine turns. Even midcorner bumps don't upset the chassis, and the car feels smaller and lighter than it is.
At $27,500, the 2.0T Track costs $4750 more than a base 2.0T, but that premium incorporates the 3.8 Track's performance hardware -- limited slip, Brembos, track-tuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels -- not to mention such add-ons as black leather/red cloth seats, Infinity sound system, power sunroof, rear spoiler, and Xenon headlamps. To call the 2.0T Track well equipped would be an understatement. Referring to it as a well balanced and terrific handling car, however, would not. It displays minimal understeer, high levels of grip, and stout braking. Even though its numbers aren't superior, the 2.0T Track feels a smidge more responsive and a bit more fun to hustle than the V6, thanks in part to a 91-pound lighter curb weight.
While it can't keep up with its big brother over a straight stretch of asphalt, the 2.0T Track can more than hold its own when the road gets curvy. Moreover, it does so with the same striking looks and for considerably less money. Sure, the hanging revs and somewhat sluggish accel times are concerns, but what Hyundai can't fix, the tuners most likely can. A little light on promise but heavy on potential, the 2.0T Track can only get better. For the competition, that's not good news.
Car and Driver
2007-2009 Hyundai Tiburon V6
2,656 cc / 172 hp / 181 lb-ft / 2969 lbs / 0-60 mph 7.4 sec.