2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 19, 2012

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.

See our picks for best coupes in the CarsDirect 2013 Coupe Buying Guide.

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.

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