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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review – A Pony Car From the Far East

Tuesday October 6th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: anson

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Performance

With over 300 horsepower, this car seems a bit faster on paper than it is in reality. Although I did not have instrumentation to verify this, I believe Hyundai’s claims that this car will go from 0-60 in under 6 seconds. Moreover, this car weighs in at 3470 pounds which is a bit lighter than its peers. The torque curve of the engine peaks at 4700 RPM, which may explain why it feels a bit slower than it should. However at the drag strip, this is not the going to be the fastest horse in the race. The Brembo brakes, 13.4″ in the front and 13.0″ in the rear, provide effortless stopping power with a nice linear feel. During a couple of my downhill runs through the Los Gatos Mountains, I never encountered any sense of fade as the brakes heated up.

Unfortunately, the manual transmission setup needs a lot of help. I usually prefer stirring my own gears, but I would actually opt for the ZF 6-speed automatic when it becomes available. There are several reasons why the manual transmission needs some work; the shifter has an excessive spring weighting to be in the fully neutral position, I feel like it’s fighting me when I need to move the shifter to the left to hit first and second. Also, the shifter is far too rubbery and imprecise to confidently execute fast clean shifts. Reverse is in the far forward left position. The additional gate to make sure you’re in reverse could be some genuine confusion whether or not you’re in 1st or reverse. Fortunately, Hyundai added a chime that alerts the driver when shifted into reverse for this exact reason.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Tachometer 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 6-speed manual transmission

Another gripe I had about the manual transmission is the lack of feedback in the clutch pedal so that you know that you’re in the friction zone when letting off the clutch. This result with the driver using too much throttle to ensure the engine doesn’t stall. However the result is usually more acceleration than desired and excessive driveline lash because the driver will quickly back out of the throttle. The net result is that the Genesis is too difficult to drive smoothly, which makes up the majority of anyone’s driving, especially when you have passengers. Furthermore, it would be quite difficult to parallel park this car on a slope, since you have to be quick and smooth.

Handling

The Track edition Genesis Coupe shines in the handling department. The steering is precise and linear although just a bit heavy on center. Steering effort is quite light at low speeds and since the engine is very quite in the low RPMS, you may feel like you’re driving a Honda Accord. The ride quality is on the firm side with its upgraded shocks, springs, and anti-roll bars. The Track edition is equipped with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires, which are a bit wider in the rear than in the front. The Potenzas are a high performance summer compound tire that provided excellent grip, but I’d be curious how these tires handle in wet conditions. With the 5 link independent rear suspension, the Genesis makes for a brilliant canyon carver, taking everything you can throw at it. This was a very fun car to take down tight twisty mountain roads. Mild understeer and a firmly planted rearend instill confidence at the limits. The Electronic Stability Control is not overly intrusive allowing you to have some fun but stepping in to control the car when necessary.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

Styling

The Genesis has some clear visual cues that link it to the Tiburon, Hyundai’s front wheel drive predecessor. I like the styling of the Genesis from every angle except the front. The front end also bears a pretty close resemblance to the Infinity G35, but the way the headlamps and the grille converge just don’t seem right. The body lines on the side of the car flow nicely along through the doors and over to the rear fenders. The low profile tires and big wheels strongly compliment the wheel arches and give the car an aggressive stance. The slope of the rear roof means that some people sitting back there will hit their head on the rear glass. Visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent. The interior design flows well, with large speedometer and tachometer and light blue accent lighting for all the controls. Trunk space is good with a decent sized opening to fit larger items inside. The trunk lid is supported by gooseneck style hinges which can easily damage items that seem to fit when the trunk is open but get inadvertently crushed by the gooseneck when closing the trunk.

Value

Hyundai is all about value and the Genesis Coupe is no exception. This is the cheapest 300 HP car you can get for under $30,000 and you get a whole host of options like leather seats and Electronic Stability Control. The Hyundai Genesis has more standard and available features than its competitors with a similar price point. Hyundai also has the longest warranty; 10 years/100,000 for the powertrain and 5 years/60,000 miles for the rest of the car. The Genesis also comes standard with side airbags in the seats and side curtain airbags in the headliner. The Genesis Coupe V-6 Track Edition will set you back at least $29,500 and that’s almost fully loaded. By way of comparison, the Nissan 370Z starts off at $30,625, the Mazda RX-8 starts off at $27,105. Any way you look at it, you get a lot of car for the money.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

Who should buy it?

The Track Edition is for enthusiast who longs for spirited rear-wheel drive performance with some versatility to carry some additional passengers and a usable trunk. The Genesis Coupe is will tend to attract younger adults and I suspect men will be the primary purchasers of the Track Edition. It already has a lot of great hardware to begin with so less money has to be spent with performance upgrades. I’m certain that performance engine upgrades will be readily available in the aftermarket to squeeze some more horses out of the V6.

Buyers interested in the Genesis Coupe could be shopping it against the standard pony car line up – the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Challenger. These three cars may edge out the Genesis in terms of curb appeal, but the Genesis certainly outshines them in features and may be a slight bit faster. Hyundai also hopes to attract those who are considering the BMW 1 Series, Nissan 370Z, Infinity G37, and Mazda RX-8. Against these cars, the Genesis compares very favorable to these cars, offering more while costing less.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track w/Torsen Limited Slip Differential

Conclusion

The Genesis is a serious contender for those who are looking for a great all around sports coupe. It makes for an excellent every daily driver with some serious weekend track car capabilities. You’ll love how this car feels when driven hard. The Track edition option package is a stellar deal, taking care of a lot of upgrades that a serious enthusiast would be lusting to do themselves anyways. The best part about it is that it’s all covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. The Genesis Couple is in a unique market position, it offering lots of features at a price that the competition can’t touch.

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Styling

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Specs

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Specs

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2 Responses to 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review – A Pony Car From the Far East

  1. Peter Anastopulos says:

    I really love the looks of the Genesis Sedan but was confused by the the early shots of this car.I thought what was the finished car was a disguised mule.First glance seeing it on the highway 101 near San Francisco it seemed like an over sized Acura RSX with low quality materials.Seeing it in on the dealer lot was even sadder since the body colored materials seem to confuse the design details which is good since they seem to be random.This maybe a good car even a great car .But looks do matter in this class of car and this does not have it.Hyundai stop your cheap ways and hire a great Italian designer. Then this car will be have a chance.As of today I would buy the Camero followed by the Mustang, Challenger, GTI way down the list the Hyundai .Sorry I am shallow but looks do matter.

  2. Auto chart says:

    I also find the choice of the Genesis name curious for this sports car.

    Whatever – I like the car, and I like what it says about Hyundai. I’d like to see a try at a real sports car from the other Korean companies.





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