The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is Hyundai’s hottest car to date. The R-Spec is their performance version. The Genesis comes equipped with either a 274-hp, 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine or a 348-hp, DOHC 3.8-liter V6. They can be mated to either a six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The Genesis Coupe receives some significant changes for the 2013 model year. There are new LED taillamps and front and rear fascias for 2013. The interior includes a redesigned center stack, new gauges, and new audio options.
Styling is aggressive inside and out. The drivers cockpit is well defined by the new T shaped dash, instrument cluster and center stack. From the leather wrapped steering wheel to the sexy shift knob, the Genesis coupe is built to be driven. Handling should considered stiff for normal driving, but perfect for twisty roads.
Big wide tires provide amazing grip to allow the performance
tuned suspension to perform.
Creature comforts such as Standard air-conditioning and front seats with lumbar support provide passenger comfort. Traction control, stability control, and airbags all around keep you safe.
On a trip, I got 28mpg and resisted the temptation to ‘wring it out” for at least part of the trip. Because of the wide tires, interior noise level is annoying on some surfaces. The seats seem a little stiff for my taste, but probably perfect for Hyundai’s target younger drivers. The Coupe is fun to drive but you have to be careful to watch your speed. My test vehicle had no cruise control, which made holding the peppy engine to a semi legal speed a little bit if a chore.
The Genesis Coupe is a great car for get away weekends and a real value for its class.
Style: RWD Sport Coupe
Engine: 274HP 2.0 Liter I-4 Turbo
Transmission: 6 Spd MT
Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 21/30
Trim Designations: Coupe and R-Spec
Base Price: $26,500
What I Liked: Performance & Looks (just like me!)
What I Would Change: No cruise control? Are they crazy?
Star Rating: 4 out of 5