Hyundai updates Genesis Coupe for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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When Hyundai introduced its rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe back in 2008, it became a legitimate competitor to the iconic sports coupes in its segment such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and the Nissan 370Z. For the 2013 model year, Hyundai has significantly improved the Genesis Coupe with updated styling and much more power.

The Genesis Coupe's sleek bodywork now sports new headlight, fog light and hood designs as well as a new front grille. At the back there are new contoured LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights are also now available. To complete the updated look, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe sports new 18- and 19-inch wheels.

In the past, the Genesis Coupe was available with either a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque, or a 3.8-litre V6 producing 306 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. For 2013 the engine sizes are the same, but they produce significantly more power.

The 2.0-litre engine gets a new twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger, more thermally-efficient intercooler. These changes boost the power output by 64-horsepower and 50 lb-ft, for a total of 274 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque using premium fuel.

The 3.8-litre V6 now gets direct injection, the same as in the V6 Genesis Sedan. The revised engine boosts output by 42-horsepower and 29 lb-ft, for a stout 348-horsepower and 295 lb-ft total, again with premium fuel.

Both engines can be mated to either a manual or an automatic transmission. As before, the manual models get 6-speeds, but the automatic models have gained a couple of gears and now have 8-speeds with paddle shift control. The 2013 Genesis Coupe also comes equipped with retuned, low-velocity-control suspension dampers, a seven-percent quicker steering ratio and available Brembo four-piston brake calipers.

Notable interior amenities include a 10-speaker, 360 watt audio system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system, USB and Apple iPod connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The interior also boasts a restyled centre stack and gauges, and a steering wheel that now telescopes in addition to tilting.

While it may be true that in years past, the notion of a rear-wheel-drive Hyundai sports coupe was preposterous, the 2013 Genesis Coupe is a testament to the ambition of Hyundai. Its updated power and styling make the Genesis Coupe an even more compelling prospect than before, and an even greater threat to the competition.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Hyundai, 2013, Genesis Coupe,

Organizations: Hyundai

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