Hyundai unveiled Genesis Coupe, the new benchmark for attainable 300 horsepower sport coupes, during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show today. The 2010 Genesis Coupe is a purpose built rear-wheel drive sport coupe featuring two performance focused engines – a 212 horsepower (estimated), 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a range topping all-aluminium, 306 horsepower (estimated), DOHC 3.8-litre V6 engine.
2010 HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE – FUTURISTIC CAR, HIGH PERFORMANCE – Technical Specification
We’re still months out from the on-sale date of Hyundai’s new Genesis Coupe, but the more we see of it, the more promising it looks.
We’re told Eric Stoddard in Hyundai’s Irvine, California studio is responsible for the exterior design, the interior coming from Korea. The Coupe certainly has character, something that’s somewhat missing from the Genesis sedan.
Though designed thousands of miles apart, the exterior and interior seem a good match. The seats feel comfortable and supportive with good side bolstering. The center console controls are kept simple with three large knobs to “anchor” your hand on the controls… it helps keep your eyes on the road. The main dials with their slanted bezels fit the image. All told, it’s suitable environment for a sports coupe.
Although we’ve been told the 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 will have 210 horsepower and the 3.8 V-6 will boast 310, we hear those numbers might be tweaked a bit higher during the final certification. In any event, we’re hearing 0–60 mph time estimates of 7.5 sec. for the turbo and 6.0 seconds for the V-6.
Of course in the U.S. — lead by Southern California — what can make a sport coupe’s reputation is what you can do with it after you’ve bought it.
John Krafcik, Hyundai’s VP of Product Development and Strategic Planning in the U.S. has said, “We’ve designed the Genesis Coupe from the start to be tuner friendly.”
To make its point, for the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) show Hyundai passed out three early Coupes to well-known turners.
Drifting champ Rhys Millen will do an “Art of Speed” Genesis based on the base 4-cylinder Coupe with a turbo kit, an HKS sequential race transmission, sport suspension, larger Brembo brakes, trick alloy wheels and a Rhys Millen Racing wide body kit.
Street Concepts is doing a V-6 Coupe with a bump in horsepower, a very cool stealth fighter black camouflage paint scheme and evil-looking red eyes.
HKS goes after the turbo four with new internals, a free-flow intake, turbo exhaust and new management system. Underneath is a fully adjustable suspension.
Genesis Coupe highlights
• Hyundai’s second rear-wheel drive performance car
• 306 horsepower from enhanced 3.8-litre V6 from Genesis sedan
• Standard 212 horsepower turbocharged, intercooled inline four-cylinder
• Genesis Coupe arrives in the spring (U.S.) of 2009 as a 2010 model
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 Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder / 3.8 litre V6
Aspiration: Turbocharged / Natural
Maximum Power: 212 hp (158 kW) / 300 hp (224 kW)
Maximum Torque: 217 lb-ft (294 Nm) / 263 lb-ft (356 Nm)
Transmission: Six-speed manual (optional five and six-speed automatics)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
Source: Hyundai Press Releases