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Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On Its Way!

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On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Hyundai's Next Gen(esis) Coupe Is On Its Way!

If you have been paying any attention at all to the sports coupe market in the last couple years, you no doubt know that it is a segment teeming with options that are all very quick and very exciting. With cars like the Civic Si, MazdaSpeed 3, V6 Camaro, and Mustang (not to mention all the hype surrounding the upcoming Toyota/Suburu FT-S concept), it's no wonder that the Hyundai Genesis coupe is upping its ante in this high-stakes pool.

The 2012 Genesis coupe is set to receive direct injection to its already potent 3.8-liter V6 engine, giving it a stellar 333 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque (a boost of 27 ponies and 25 lb.-ft. over the outgoing engine). Just to put that in perspective, a Hyundai coupe now makes more horsepower out of a V6 than any V8 GT, Cobra, Z28, SS, or WS6 Pony Car from Ford or Chevy a decade ago. It also outguns any of its current competition as well, including the 305-horsepower Mustang V6, or 312 pony Camaro V6, and makes the 260 horsepower in the Speed3 or the 201 horsepower in the Civic Si look simply pathetic by comparison.

Despite the power surge in the 3.8 coupe, the 2.0T Genesis coupe is expected to maintain its 210-horsepower motor in order to sustain 30+ mpg highway accolades (these are what you'll see in commercials), although direct injection may be utilized in order to even better those numbers. Both versions of the Genesis coupe are expected to get very noticeable face-lifts with improved ventilation, better lines, and possibly even a rear diffuser.

Back to the big news though—the 3.8 coupe may also debut an all-wheel drive option for 2012. Obviously Hyundai does not want to leave any stone unturned in terms customer viability. The other big change will likely be a transmission upgrade from a six-speed auto to an eight-speed. This upgrade makes some corporate sense because that same transmission is set to appear in the Genesis sedan in the next model year or two, and since the sedan also has the exact same 333-horsepower V6, there will be very little need to produce two different automatics.

Obviously, since this car is still in its espionage motif, there are no official numbers yet on performance or price, but with the current 306 horsepower 3.8-liter Genesis coupe putting down a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds, 14.2 second quarter-mile time at 99.2 mph, you can expect the 333 horsepower version to eclipse those numbers by a significant margin. Now all we can hope for is that Hyundai will want to tweak the Genesis coupe a little more and drop in the new 429-horsepower V8 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec sometime very soon, but until then, 333 ponies sounds like enough to keep the 3.8 Genesis coupe in the running for best of the breed.

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dwalter | 5:21PM (Wed, Jul 27, 2011)

A Hyundai V6 making 333 horsepower. Hard to believe.


RoadKill | 12:13PM (Thu, Jul 28, 2011)

I want A Hyundai! whats wrong with me????

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