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[VIDEO] The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe…Mustang Killer?

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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

This is the refreshed Hyundai Genesis Coupe for 2013. It has a new face, updated LED taillights, but most the best news is under the hood. More horsepower. And it can handle regular unleaded. Also new is an 8 speed automatic. The six-speed manual is the enthusiast’s choice for this rear wheel drive Korean made beast.

The Genesis stays planted on 19-inch wheels, and stops are courtesy of Brembo brakes.

The interior’s updated too. The plastics have a better look and feel than the Genesis of old. The main gauges are bathed in a nice electroluminescent blue, and some new center stack gauges for fuel consumption torque and oil pressure. Below that, are your USB and MP3 connections. And Hyundai’s 7-inch touch screen navigation system works well and is easy to connect to a phone or MP3 player.

136633160 [VIDEO] The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe...Mustang Killer?

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The only phony things about this Genesis are the hood vents and the interior stitching that looks real until you take a closer look. The rear seat is fake too. You have to be a contortionist to navigate the cramped quarters.

Same with trunk space, but you don’t buy this car for trunk space, do you?

You buy it for what it does when you hit the gas pedal.

Some of you may not be down with the new nose of the Genesis. Besides that, there are few faults I can find with this coupe. It’s a tough club to be accepted into, with the heritage of Mustangs and Camaros, in the same class, but I think Hyundai is on the right track with this V6 and the turbo four. If your looking for a fun and well built rear wheel drive performance car, take the Genesis coupe for a test drive. It’s beautiful and a blast to drive.

Vehicle
Year Make Model 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M)
Vehicle Type RWD 2dr 4-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP $29,625
Options on test vehicle Gran Premio Gray paint (no extra charge); no options.
As-tested MSRP $29,625
Assembly location Ulsan, South Korea
North American parts content (%) 5
Drivetrain
Configuration Longitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine type Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in) 3,778/231
Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1) 11.5
Redline, indicated (rpm) 6,750
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm) 6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 348 @ 6,400 (344 @ 6,400 on regular octane)
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 295 @ 5,300 (292 @ 5,300 on regular octane)
Fuel type Premium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission type Six-speed manual
Differential(s) Torsen limited-slip
Chassis
Suspension, front Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, 24mm stabilizer bar (test car had factory camber bolts installed with 2 degrees of negative camber)
Suspension, rear Independent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, 20mm stabilizer bar
Steering type Hydraulic-assist, engine-speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1) 13.8
Turning circle (ft.) 37.4
Tire make and model Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Tire type Asymmetrical summer (35 psi cold front; 35 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front 225/40R19 89Y
Tire size, rear 245/40R19 94Y
Wheel size, front 19-by-8 inches
Wheel size, rear 19-by-8.5 inches
Wheel material Cast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front 13.4-inch ventilated disc with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear 13-inch ventilated disc with four-piston fixed calipers

 

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