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Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The Hyundai Genesis Coup is a rear-wheel drive sports coupe from Hyundai Motor Company, released on October 13, 2008 for the Korean market. It is Hyundai's first rear-wheel drive sports coupe, and shares its basic platform with the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.

The Genesis Coupe arrived in United States dealerships on February 26, 2009 as a 2010 model.[1] Hyundai USA acting President and CEO John Krafcik has described the Genesis Coupe as being designed " deliver a driving experience that challenges cars like the Infiniti G37."[1] Hyundai has stated the Genesis Coupe is not intended as a successor to the similar Hyundai Coupe (Tiburon or Tuscani in some markets).[2]


Pre Production

Photos of a heavily camouflaged Genesis Coupe prototype appeared on the internet as early as May 2007, fueling anticipation and speculation.[3] The spy photos suggested that Hyundai's new coupe would be rear-wheel drive, as pictures of the engine bay showed a longitudinal engine orientation typical of front-engine, rear-drive vehicles. The pictures also showed a four-cylinder engine with a heat-wrapped turbocharger. Speculation on potential engines for the new coupe ranged from the turbocharged four-cylinder pictured to the Tau V8 that Hyundai had developed for the luxury-oriented Genesis.[4]

Shortly before the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto show, more photos were leaked of an uncovered silver Genesis Coupe next to a silver Ford Mustang, presumed to be the Genesis Coupe's target competitor.[5]

Genesis Coupe

Initial release

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (US) The production Genesis Coupe was officially debuted at the 2008 New York International Auto Show, showcasing a red and a silver model. The unveiling was accompanied by a demonstration of the coupe's abilities with powerslides and burnouts.

A lime-colored 3.8L Genesis Coupe was shown at the 2008 BUSAN International Motor Show. This car was badged as a Genesis Coupe 380GT.[6]

Engine and transmission

The Genesis Coupe is available with two engines. The standard engine is a 2.0L Theta turbocharged 4-cylinder producing and torque,[7] with an optional 3.8L Lambda V6 engine producing and torque.[7]

The 4-cylinder turbocharged engine shares many components with the Mitsubishi Evo X. Both engines are the result of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, a joint venture among Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Chrysler, with Hyundai s engine using a different computer, from Siemens.[8] Interesting features of the engine include oil injectors under the pistons to keep them cooler. The TD04-13t turbo from the factory flows 10psi under full load, and reduces to 7psi at shift points before respooling.[9]

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, with an optional 5- or ZF 6-speed automatic (depending on engine choice).


Optional equipment includes a Torsen Limited slip differential[7] and four-piston Brembo brakes with 13.4" rotors in the front and 13" in the rear. 18" wheels are standard, while optional 19" wheels using 225/40 tires in the front and 245/40 in the rear are packaged together with the Brembo brake upgrade.[7]

According to Hyundai, the Genesis Coupe has a 24% stiffer bending rigidity than the BMW E46 M3 (2001 2006).[10]


2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
The car's wheelbase is , with an overall length of , width of , and height of . The curb weight of the coupe is for the V6 and for the 4-cylinder.[11]

Trim levels

There are 7 models of the Coupe based around two engine choices. Trim levels include: 2.0T Base, 2.0 R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Track (GT in Canada), 3.8 Base (For 2010), 3.8 R-Spec (For 2011), 3.8 Grand Touring, and a 3.8 Track (GT in Canada). The Track and R-Spec versions of 2.0T will only be offered with a 6-speed manual.

The R-spec 2.0T comes with stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a Torsen Limited slip differential, a stiffer suspension and summer-only Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires. To reduce cost and weight, the R-Spec doesn't include Bluetooth, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents or steering wheel audio controls. The Genesis Coupe R-Spec is available with a base price $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model.[12]

For 2011, the R-Spec models were updated with the new 3.8 R-Spec. To reduce the cost difference in the R-Spec and the Track models, the 2.0T and 3.8 R-Spec models don't include automatic headlights, Xenon HID headlights, Navigation system with 6.5" touchscreen & XM NavTraffic (90-day trial), cruise control, Leather seating surfaces with Power Driver Seat & Heated front seats, rear spoiler, the upgraded sound system (600-watt Infinity AM/FM/XM /CD/MP3 audio system with 10 speakers), Automatic temperature control, Electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, HomeLink integrated transceiver, Heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, Power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, Metalgrain and chrome interior accents, Backup warning system, Chrome front fascia accents, Aluminum pedals, Aero wiper blades or Premium door sill plates, but the base MSRP is $26,750. This model includes the R-Spec badge, Track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, Torsen limited-slip differential and front camber adjustment bolts (needs to be installed).

Consumption statistics

EPA MPG Estimates [city/highway]:

  • 2.0T 6-speed manual [/]
  • 2.0T 5-speed auto [/]
  • 3.8 6-speed manual [/]
  • 3.8 ZF 6-speed auto [/]

Tank size =

Regional differences

While the Genesis Coupe that is released in North America will look the same as the Korean version, the suspension setup is stiffer according to American demographic.[13]

Hyundai Canada offers a proximity key for all V6 models, push button start or side-mirror marker lights on the 3.8L models and no spoiler on either the 2.0T or 3.8L V6. (US track models are the only trims equipped with spoilers). In fall of 2009, Hyundai began Genesis production with Navigation systems.

In some countries Hyundai Genesis Coupe will also be sold as Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, which comes only with 3.8-liter engine and features some sport-oriented options.[14]


  • 3.8 V6
    • (premium fuel) / (regular) (2009 2012)
      (premium fuel) / (regular) (2013 )[15]
    • @ 4,700 rpm (2009 2012)
      @ 5,300 rpm (premium fuel) / (regular) @ 5,300 rpm (2013 )[15]
    • 0 60 mph in less than 6 seconds[16]
    • Top speed of (Gov.)
    • Handling: 0.87 g skidpad [17]
    • Braking: 70 mph to stop in 162 ft [17]
0 60 mph performance records of 3.8 V6
  • Motortrend review 0-60 : 5.4 sec [21]
  • Car and Driver review 0 60 : 5.7 sec [22]
  • Popular Mechanics review 0 60 : 5.8 sec[23]
  • review 0 60 : (1st record) 6.4 sec:[24] (retest record) 5.9 sec/5.5 sec w/1 foot of rollout[25]
0 60 mph performance records of 2.0 I4
  • Motor Trend review 0-60 : 6.8 sec [26]
  • Edmunds review 0 60 : 6.9 sec [18]
  • Car and Driver review 0 60 : 6.8 sec [27]
  • Car and Driver road test 0-60 : 7.0 sec [8]


Hyundai took an aggressive stance on their marketing for the new release of this car with Rhys Millen drifting the car to music by Billy Corgan during a Super Bowl advertisement. They also launched the website that allowed users to create a video that allowed the promotion of the car. This was done previously by other car manufacturers, although none promised the final edit to be seen on TV as well as winning a cash prize along with the new car as Hyundai has. Hyundai Genesis (coupe and the four-door saloon version) have appeared in the TV series Leverage, driven by the main characters. The coupe has also appeared in the TV series Burn Notice as Fiona's new car. It also made an appearance in the eighth season of the TV series 24 as one of the pursuit vehicles driven by Jack Bauer.

2013 model year revision

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec (US)

Korean model was unveiled in Korea Speed Festival 2011 in Yeongam, Korea.[28]

The 2013 model year vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Detroit North American International Auto Show.[29]

The 2013 model received significant changes in both appearances and powertrain. The front bumper and hood received a styling revision that incorporates Hyundai's fluidic corporate design language a la Veloster. The V6 received direct injection and now produces at 6,400 rpm and of torque at 5,300 rpm with 87 Octane (regular) gas.[15] The I4 turbo now produces at 6,000 rpm and of torque at 2,000 rpm with 91 Octane (Premium) gas, and 260/260 respectively on regular 87 gas.[15] Transmission options are an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission.[15]

In response to criticisms about materials quality from reviewers and owners, Hyundai significantly improved materials quality for the 2013 model. New features include a leather handbrake handle, plasmacluster air filtering, red leather interior option, LED accents above the foglights, and LED taillights.


Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Theta 2.0 TCi 2012- I4 turbo (2.0 Theta MPi)/G4KF @6000, @2000-4500
premium fuel: @6000, @2000-4500
Lambda 3.8 V6 MPi 2012- V6 (3.8 Lambda MPi)/G6DA? @6300, @4700
Lambda 3.8 V6 GDi 2012- V6 (3.8 Lambda GDi)/G6DJ @6400, @5300

US, Korean models include a choice of Theta 2.0 TCi and Lambda 3.8 V6 GDi engines.


Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Theta 2.0 TCi 2012- 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Lambda 3.8 V6 MPi 2012- 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Lambda 3.8 V6 GDi 2012- 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic


It was originally came out with 8 different colours which are Ceramic white, Space Black, Sapphire Blue, Dynamic yellow, Super red, Blue diamond, Slick Silver, and Titanium Gray until 2011 model. 2012 model has 7 different colours which are Creamy white, Blue shift, Horizon Blue, Super red, Crystal cooper, Magnetic gray, and Timeless Black.


A 30-second Genesis Coupe R-Spec ad titled "Think Fast", was premiered during fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI.[30]

As part of the Canadian market launch, a Sasquatch commercial titled 'Country Drive' was produced. In addition, there were 9 "Sasquatch on Set" clips to show what it's like working with yeti.[31]


The Hyundai Genesis Coupe raced at the Formula Drift Professional Drifting Championship, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and select Redline Time Attack Series events in 2009 thanks to a joint venture between Hyundai and racing champion Rhys Millen, who will drive the Red Bull-sponsored race car on those events.[32] Millen's V6 engine is running with mostly stock internals and its original Hyundai's 3.8-liter displacement.[33][34] In July 2009, Millen and the Genesis Coupe set a new record for two-wheel drive production-based cars at Pikes Peak.[35][36] In June 2011, Rod Millen set a new record for 2WD Time Attack using the same Genesis Coupe with a time of 11:04.912.[37]

See also


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