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348 Reasons To Buy A 2013 Genesis Coupe!

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On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

348 Reasons To Buy A 2013 Genesis Coupe!

In case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere in the middle of a barren wasteland somewhere, you may have taken notice of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It is a wonderful entry level sports coupe that has all but taken the under-$40,000 market by storm since its debut back in 2008 and has only been getting better since then.

From the onset, the GC designers used an E46 BMW M3 as their benchmark for chassis stiffness and performance and they got pretty close, so one would think that it would be difficult to trump a car that was nearly as good as one of the best cars of the last decade, right? Wrong. 2013 will mark the second official generation of the Genesis Coupe, and boy is it going to be something special! The second-gen Genesis Coupe gets a front and rear fascia facelift that gives it a 370Z meets Lancer Evolution look that is a definite improvement over the outgoing model. Aside from the new fascias, the rear also sports a new LED tail light set up that looks a bit more adult than its predecessor.

The big news however is under the hood. New owners will get to choose between two engines. The first is still a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 that now produces a very impressive 274-hp at 6000 rpm and even more impressive 275 lb-ft of torque at an incredibly low 2000 rpm! The second engine is still a 3.8-liter V6 that now produces a sickening 348-hp at 6400 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 5300 rpm. Yes, a V6 from Hyundai now makes just shy of 350 ponies. Let's take a moment and put that in perspective shall we?

The new GC makes more horsepower than every production Z car Nissan has ever made, every production BMW M3 from 2004 and prior, every production Mustang GT made from 2010 and prior, and believe it or not, every base model Corvette made in 2000 and prior -- out of a Hyundai!

Unfortunately for the GC, even though it beats some of the best cars every made on paper, in terms of actually 0-60 mph times, the GC V6 is anticipated to make the run right around 5.2 seconds, while trapping the quarter mile in about a 13.5 @ 105 mph. Now, those are still extremely impressive times, but not enough to top that same aforementioned list.

So that should be enough, right? Not if you're a Hyundai engineer apparently -- these guys just refuse to stop. No matter which engine buyers choose, they get a choice of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto. The next Genesis Coupe Track and R-Spec models will get optional dealer-installed adjustable camber bolts for the front struts that will give up to 1.5-degrees of negative front camber. This set up will help the car understeer less and turn-in more easily. Of course, Hyundai will insist that this set up only be used at the track and giddy owners will no doubt happily agree to with every intention of following, and some actually might do just that.

The GC 2.0 will start at $25,000 while the 3.8 will come in at $28,000 beginning on or about March of next year. So start saving up, and get ready for the best Genesis Coupe ever!

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