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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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Expert's Rating

4.8Excellent

MPG 19 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Sporty engine options
  • Rear-wheel drive performance
  • Excellent braking performance
  • Stylish coupe shape
Cons
  • Basic interior amenities
  • Non-folding back seat
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Despite the Hyundai Excel being a smash hit in the U.S., no one ever saw this Korean automaker as a real force, especially in the performance car world. With the release of the Tiburon, in 1997, Hyundai took its first swipe at the performance world, but this sporty coupe was never much of a performance car. With the 2010 release of the Genesis Coupe, Hyundai actually showed it had a chance in the performance car world.

Introduction

With the 2013 model year coming into full swing, Hyundai has finally fully entrenched itself into the performance coupe world with its range of Genesis Coupe models. There are six main trim levels for the 2013 Genesis Coupe, and they are: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track.

The 2.0T model acts as the base model for the entire lineup and still features stout performance, as it hits 60 mph in just 6 seconds, and gets 30 mpg. The 2.0T R-Spec adds in some extra performance components – primarily handling – but its limited-slip differential drops as much as 0.3 seconds form the 2.0T’s 0-to-60 time while maintaining 30 mph highway. The 2.0T Premium drop all of the R-Specs performance additions and replaces them with things like leather interior and a premium sound system. The 3.8 R-Spec adds in the 348-horsepwoer, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that drops the 0-to-60 time to 5.3 seconds while netting the Genesis 27 mpg highway, plus it has all of the same performance additions as the 2.0T R-Spec. The 3.8 Grand Touring drops all of the performance additions and replaces them with them with premium features, like tan or black leather and a 360-watt stereo. The range-topping trim, the 3.8 Track, combines the 3.8 R-Spec and 3.8 Premium trims and adds in HID lights, aero wipers and a spoiler.

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Competition for the 2013 Genesis is plentiful. Leading the competitive rush is the 2013 Ford Mustang V6, with its 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine and 5.6-second 0-to-60 time. The 2013 Scion FR-S comes in next on the list of competitors, as it features a 200-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that get the FR-S to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. Another competitor for the Genesis Coupe is the 2013 Nissan 370Z, which features a 332-horsepower V-6 engine and a stout 5.1-second 0-to-60 time.

With all of this competition, Hyundai needs to step up to an all-new level to convince buyers that it is s force in the sports coupe realm.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T

Recommended for: Buyers looking for raw performance with just enough bells and whistles

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis 2.0T acts as the base level for the Genesis Coupe lineup and it features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 274 horsepower and 275 foot-pounds of torque. The 2.0T trim level’s engine hooks up to a six-speed manual transmission that tosses the power to the rear wheels and has an optional eight-speed automatic transmission for an extra $1,250. On the outside it comes standard with four0wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, electric brake-force distribution, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, projector headlights, daytime running lights, automatic headlights, LED taillights, power mirrors and keyless entry. On the inside the 2013 Genesis 2.0T includes: 170-watt, six-speaker sound system with MP3, CD and SiriusXM capabilities, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, outdoor temperature gauge, iPod and USB connectivity, black cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control with steering-wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and electroluminescent gauge cluster.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium

Recommended for: Buyers that will take added comfort over performance

The 2.0T Premium trim level acts as the top level of the 2.0T lineup, as it takes away some the performance upgrades that the R-Spec gives it and replaces them with more comfort and convenience features. The Premium trim level eliminates the standard six-speed manual and replaces it with the eight-speed automatic as its base transmission. On the outside, the 2.0T Premium trim level includes all of the features that the 2.0T trim features, plus a power sunroof. On the inside it boasts the same features and the base 2.0T, plus: proximity key entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, 360-watt Infinity premium sound system with 10 speakers, navigation system with touchscreen, grey leather interior with grey cloth inserts on the seats and door panels, power driver seat with lumbar adjustment, Hyundai’s Blue Link Telematics System, electrochromic rearview mirror, compass, and HomeLink.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

Recommended for: Buyers that want awesome performance and still get 30 mpg highway

The 2.0T R-Spec acts as the performance-oriented model within the 2.0T range, as it adds in more performance components and deletes several comfort items that the 2.0T boasts. The R-Spec trim drops the steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, optional eight-speed automatic transmission and automatic headlights found on the 2.0T. On the outside it adds in a slew of performance items, including: Torsen limited-slip differential, track-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers and vented rotors, and 19-inch Euroflange alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40YR19 tires up front and 245/40YR19 tires out back. On the inside, the R-Spec package scraps the black cloth seats and replaces them with red leather seats with red cloth inserts on the seats and door panels.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring

Recommended for: Buyers willing to sacrifice a little performance for some added luxury

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Grand Touring acts as the middle-of-the-road level for the Genesis 3.8 lineup, as it adds in some comfort features, but deletes the performance items that the 3.8 R-Spec features. There is one mechanical change on the Grand Touring trim and teat is the deletion of the six-speed manual in favor of a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, the 3.8 Grand Touring includes: sport-tuned suspension, electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, projector headlights, daytime running lamps, automatic headlights, LED taillights, fog lamps, power and heated side-view mirrors, power sunroof, and backup warning sensors. On the inside, the 3.8 Grand Touring features: proximity key entry with push button start, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, outdoor-temperature gauge, 360-watt Infinity sound system with 10 speakers, touchscreen navigation, iPod and USB inputs, tan or black leather seating, power driver seat with lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, Hyundai Blue Link, Bluetooth connectivity, electroluminescent gauge cluster, electrochromic rearview mirror, HomeLink, and compass.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

Recommended for: Buyers willing to pay more money for a 5.3-second 0-to-60 time

The Genesis 3.8 lineup adds in a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that wallops the concrete with 348 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque, without the aid of a turbocharger. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and does not offer the eight-speed automatic transmission option. The R-Spec trim level comes in as the base level in the 3.8 lineup and carries a $28,750 base MSRP. On the outside, the 2013 Genesis 3.8 R-Spec features: projector headlights with daytime running lamps, LED taillights, front fog lights, power mirrors, track-tuned suspension, Torsen limited-slip differential, electronic stability control, traction control, 19-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, four-wheel ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, and Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers and vented rotors. On the inside, the 3.8 R-Spec gets tinted glass, keyless entry, manual air conditioning, power windows and door locks, outside-temperature display, six-speaker, 170-watt sound system with Sirius XM, CD and MP3 capabilities, iPod and USB jacks, red leather interior with cloth inserts on the seats and door panels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth capabilities, and electroluminescent gauge cluster.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Starting price
$15,850

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

Recommended for: Buyers looking for all of the performance and comfort in one package

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Track is the best of both worlds, as it takes the Grand Touring package and adds in the performance items from the R-Specs and a few extra goodies. It comes standard with the six-speed manual transmission and has the optional eight-speed automatic transmission for an extra $1,250. On the outside, the 3.8 Track takes the Grand Touring package and adds in: 19-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, HID headlights, Torsen limited-slip differential, track-tuned suspension, aero wiper blades and a body-colored rear spoiler. On the inside, the 3.8 Track trim is nearly identical to the Grand Touring, but it does not have tan leather interior available and it tosses in exclusive aluminum pedals.

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