The Hyundai Genesis Sport Coupe has been redesigned significantly for 2013 and more power added to both engine options.
The rear-drive Genesis Coupe continues with a long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs for a classic wedge-like profile and a bodyside character line in an innovative “Z” shape design. It integrates seamlessly with a drop-beltline rear window, while the arching roofline and tapering cab highlight the profile and emphasize the broad shoulders and wide stance.
The refreshed styling gives the Genesis Coupe a more menacing look, with an aggressively redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and a hood with heat extractor cues. The side view shows aggressive new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs with deeper sculpting, while the rear taillights have LED illumination and new contours. Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with the blackout rear diffuser complete the performance message.
But it’s the increased power that has auto lovers talking. The 3.8-liter V-6 gets sophisticated new direct-injection technology, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine upgrades to a more precise twinscroll turbocharger. Automatic transmissions for both engines now have eightspeeds, with paddle-shift Shiftronic manual capability.
The 3.8-liter Lambda DOHC V-6 with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (Dual CVVT) and a Variable Intake System (VIS) now has 348 hp — a gain of 42 hp over the previous version — and clocks 0-60 mph in the low five-second range, with an electronically limited top speed of 149 mph. The engine uses an alloy block and cylinder heads for lighter weight and thermal efficiency and features durable, quiet timing chains with no scheduled maintenance. Even better, it runs on regular fuel.
Not to be outdone by its big brother, the turbocharged, intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder substitutes a new twinscroll design for its turbocharger in addition to a larger intercooler with enhanced thermal efficiency. The twin-scroll design is more efficient at recovering exhaust energy and produces cooler cylinder temperatures than the former single-scroll design. It also is more precise, with improved combustion efficiency, reduced turbo lag, leaner air/fuel ratios and more evenly distributed pressure in the exhaust ports, resulting in simultaneous power, efficiency and emissions improvements.
Also, a 53 percent larger intercooler further reduces intake temperatures, providing denser, cooler air to develop even more power. The engine also benefits from Dual CVVT on both intake and exhaust camshafts and now generates 274 hp (a 30 percent increase) and 275 pounds-feet of torque.
Pricing on the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Sport Coupe ranges from $24,250 to $33,000.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.