Monday, October 13, 2008

New Revel : Hyundai Genesis Coupe revealed in Korea

Hyundai unleashed the Genesis Coupe today , for the korean market . As for the rest of the world , it's coming in 2009 . But atleast we can get some information before it hits dealers here .
Like it'll be offered with 2 engines . A 2.0L turbocharged with 210 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque , connected to either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic . Hyundai announced this engine should make it hit 62MPH (100KPH) in 8.3 . That's worryingly slow for a sports/coupe . Although in its defence , it cost the equivalent of 18,000$ (23,200,000 Korean won) . But the one we're interested in , is the high-end 3.8L V6 . which has 306 hp and 266 lb-ft torque . So it isn't sluggish , 62MPH (100KPH) comes in 6.2 seconds . Connected to either a 6-speed manual or the amazing 6-speed ZF automatic with manual controls . And it all comes in the equivalent of 23,000$ (33,920,000 Korean won) . Offered with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) as well as with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Brembo brakes , this should be a highly respected sports car . Standard stuff include USB/iPod connectors, auxiliary audio inputs, 5.6-inch information display unit (for audio controls, digital clock, climate control, inside/outside temperature) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls for the audio system .
Looking at the specs , this is competing with Mitsubishi Eclipse, Nissan Altima Coupe and Ford Mustang . But looking at the Camaro prices today , it seems the Genesis Coupe is the Camaro's biggest rival . Both in rear-drive V6 trims , they cost the same , have the same power , both hit 6oMPH in the low 6 second range and both are the same size . We'll see if that is true when it comes here and test both of them .

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