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2009 Hyundai Genesis First Drive

November 3rd, 2008
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UK magazines Car and Autocar have just driven Hyundai’s new Genesis Coupe. Both publications drove the top of the range 3.8L V6 with a 6-speed automatic producing 223kw (299bhp) and 360Nm (266lb ft). The all-new rear wheel drive platform also sits under the Genesis luxury sedan which is currently for sale in America with the option of a 4.6L V8 engine. 

Autocar remarked the Genesis Coupe looks as much a muscle car as a sleek coupe, as it sits on a long wheelbase with a wide track and short overhangs.  Inside, Car noted that there is a soft-touch quality feel to the dashboard, and you sink into the comfy leather seats. Autocar commented that there are too many cheap plastics compared to its competitors, however liked the low seating position and spacious interior. Moving rearwards Car believe there is enough room in the back seats for smaller adults and the boot is deceptively large.

On the performance front, Car wrote because the big V6 has an emphasis on torque over screaming revs, the Genesis never feels really fast but with a 0-100km/h in only 6.5 seconds it never feels lacking. Autocar add it’s abilities as a Grand Tourer outweighs the potential as a true sports car.

Car remarked the Genesis handles brilliantly and has an overall feeling of composure and balance. Furthermore, the light, quick and linear steering also teams up well with the user-friendly chassis.

In conclusion Autocar believe it’s as a stylish cruiser that the Genesis Coupe really shines. Car says the Genesis Coupe is a great car, also using the words ‘very, very good’. They state it’s attractive, well-built and award the Coupe with an impressive four out of five stars.

Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm when the Genesis Coupe will come down under.  We believe the four cylinder 2.0L variant with 154kW (207bhp) would line up nicely against current hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru Impreza WRX, Ford Focus XR5, Holden Astra Sri 3dr, Honda Civic Type R, HSV VXR, Renault Megane R26 and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart.

The table below compares how the range topping V6 Genesis Coupe lines up against current RWD sports coupes.

Make & Model Litres kW Nm Weight Drive
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 223 360 1610 RWD
Nissan 350Z 3.5 230 358 1533 RWD
BMW 125i Coupe 3.0 160 270 1430 RWD
Mazda RX-8 1.3 170 211 1374 RWD


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