There are some people who feel that driving shouldn’t be all that fun. A car should simply be a conveyance that gets one from point A to point B with a minimum of effort, with decent fuel mileage and comfortably. Then there are those who think driving should be fun, that getting from point A to point B should be an exhilarating experience that leaves one with a smile.
We belong to the latter group. And thanks to Hyundai we have a way to do just that.
Hyundai introduced the Genesis Coupe in 2008 and it hit the shores of America a year later. A rear wheel drive model based on the Genesis sedan platform, the coupe has gained some ground in the sports car market since its introduction, but it hasn’t exactly been overwhelming.
That could be changing soon.
For 2013 Hyundai refreshed the coupe adding a bit more style. They also added some more horses under the hood and this is a very good thing. We recently spent a week with a 2013 3.8 Genesis coupe with those extra horses and we still can’t wipe the smile off our face.
The Genesis coupe is available in an almost dizzying array of trim levels: the 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track. We spent the week with the top of the line 3.8 Track model which upgrades the standard 18-inch alloy wheels to 19-inch wheels with low-profile tires and while you get all the niceties such as an Infinity 10-speaker premium sound system with HD radio, leather-wrapped and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the 3.8 Track adds xenon headlights, a rear spoiler and more. Specifically the addition of the 3.8 V-6 which for 2013 has been boosted to 348 horsepower from last year’s 304; sure the standard 2.0 4 cylinder has gotten a boost as well, up to 274 horsepower thanks in large part to the addition of a twin-scroll turbocharger, but putting nearly 350 hp in this car along with a few tweaks in the suspension has led to a machine that deserves to be called sporty.
This car is a little rocket ship. While it wouldn’t stand up against some of its larger cousins, a Porsche Boxster, or a V-8 equipped Mustang for instance, but with an MSRP of $35,265 it’s a lot more in reach of the rest of us than the others. Unleashing the 3.8 at a green light will put you back in your seat. And then there’s the sound, oh the sound. The engineers have tuned the V-6 to sound like a good old fashioned muscle car, a deep throaty aria that a true gearhead won’t mind hearing again and again.
The power off the line and the beautiful symphony emanating from underneath the hood are just the start of the fun. Hyundai revised the suspension and added an 8-speed automatic transmission along with paddle shifters for 2013. The ride is smooth and comfortable and the handling gives the confidence to do just about anything. Aggressive cornering was a blast and body roll was negligible. Staring at it in the driveway you can almost hear it scream “Drive me!”, “Drive me now!”
Although a bit maligned when it entered the American car market Hyundai has firmly established itself as a company that can deliver a great deal of value; decently made cars that are packed with options at affordable prices. The Genesis coupe is just such an example. It’s got all the bells and whistles of some of its larger cousins, but at a price that puts it in the reach of the common driver. On top of all that, it’s a blast to drive; a head turner that will leave a smile on your face and looking forward to the next time you hit the road.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
MSRP: $24,250 (2.0T) (3.8) $28,750
MSRP: (As tested) $35,265
MPG (EST.): 18 city, 21 hwy,
MPG (As tested, mixed conditions): 23
Engine (as tested)
Engine Type Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 344 @ 6400
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 292 @ 5100
Wheelbase 111.0 in
Length, Overall 182.3 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 73.4 in
Height, Overall 54.5 in
Track Width, Front 63.0 in
Track Width, Rear 63.6 in
Min Ground Clearance N/A in
Liftover Height N/A in
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Volume 88.8 ftÂ³
Front Head Room 39.2 in
Front Leg Room 44.1 in
Front Shoulder Room 56.7 in
Front Hip Room 56.0 in
Second Head Room 34.6 in
Second Leg Room 30.3 in
Second Shoulder Room 52.8 in
Second Hip Room 49.2 in
Basic 5 yr./ 60000 mi. Drivetrain 10 yr./ 100000 mi