Today we finished up our week-long drive test of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Touring. The question at hand was to find out if Hyundai’s Korean grand tourer makes a Mustang and Camaro fighter or competitor to Japanese rivals like the Nissan 370z.
For 2013 Hyundai refreshed their Genesis Coupe with new styling cues inside and out as well as power-train upgrades to increase performance and efficiency. Our test car had the top engine choice, a 348 horsepower 3.8 liter DOHC GDI V6 and a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The restyled Genesis Coupe gets the latest version of the brand’s “Fluidic” styling theme which now crosses most of their models. The front and rear sections get a new look while the side profile remains familiar but with new wheel designs.
Up front, a trapezoidal grille is centered between a set of organically styled headlamps. Bright LED running lights adorn the lower front fascia. Out back, new tail lamps and rear fascia give a more sleek appearance while big thick chrome tail pipes underscore its muscular intent.
Our initial impressions were positive. The all-new interior design has a more sporting and premium feel than the first generation Genesis Coupe. A dual-cowl design outfitted with soft touch materials on the dash and door panels go a long way to raising the bar.
The center stack has a well laid out set of controls which include three dials that offer up instant fuel mileage, a torque meter, and an oil pressure gauge. HVAC and audio controls are easy to understand and operate, the latter also has steering wheel controls as well.
The heated leather seats were comfortable for front seat passengers with power adjustments all around. Rear seats in this grand-tourer are for the smaller ones in the family, the low roof line making it tight for the taller.
The chassis of the Genesis Coupe reads like a top end luxury sports car. You get a front engine and rear wheel drive with a fully independent suspension. Big brakes and 18” wheels fill the wheel wells handsomely too.
The Genesis Coupe handles well on the highway and around town with a tight feel and solid glide. In the twisty roads it gets flustered on less than smooth pavement when being pushed hard however. Braking performance is commendable for a car of this caliber and pedal feel is predictable.
Those wanting more performance in the handling department can option the Track or R Spec version which has larger 19” wheels, a faster rear gear ratio, larger brakes and a more aggressive set of springs and dampers.
The engine fires up with a nice throaty growl, the exhaust system tuned to offer up nice noises throughout the rev range. The engine winds playfully and eagerly through the 8-speed automatic transmission when shifted manually.
We found that driving enthusiastically is best done shifting manually with the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The engine will rev to the 6,500 rpm red line in most gears, software limited in others at about 5,500 rpm presumably to save certain gears.
If left in auto mode, it keeps you down low in the rev range to save fuel, shifting smoothly and often. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe with this power-train is rated by the EPA at 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, with a 22 mpg combined rating.
In our week of testing we achieved an above average combined rating of exactly 24 mpg. This was achieved with a balance of regular city and highway driving, some intermittent stints hammering the car hard in the mountains, and a few days of hyper-miling ease. Your results may vary.
The Genesis Coupe feels overall not like one of the American muscle-cars such as the Mustang or the Camaro. On the opposite end, it has a more grand touring feel than all-out sports cars such as the Nissan 370z or Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.
Instead the Genesis Coupe finds a middle ground in the size, power and price ranges of all that puts it almost in a class of its own. Our 2013 Genesis Coupe Touring was $32,875 including destination charges, with no additional options.