Sunday, March 8, 2009

Test : 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 beats 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe in Edmunds test

Hyundai has been forever advertising that their new Genesis Coupe is a "Mustang Killer" ! Although that's essentially not true, because the 'Stang is a muscle car and the Genesis Coupe is a sports car, the Genesis Coupe also rivals the Japanese sports cars. However, Edmunds gave the Genesis Coupe its hardest rival yet, the Infiniti G37 Coupe.

The two cars are remarkably similar. Both are luxury-aimed 4-seater coupe about the same size, and both powered by a V6 engine with over 300hp. Power for the 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe comes from a 3.7L V6 that produces 330-hp with a peak torque of 270 lb-ft. That allows for a 0 to 60 mph run in 5.7 seconds. The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is powered by a 3.8L V6 making 306-hp and a maximum torque of 310 lb-ft. However, the Genesis Coupe does 0 to 60 mph much slower than the Infiniti G37 with a time of 6.4 seconds.

Let's not forget, pricing for the 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe starts at $35,900 while the 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8 starts at $10,900 less with an MSRP of $25,000. Adding the Track Package, which includes all the luxury equipment as the G37 Coupe, brings the pricing up to $29,500 giving the Genesis Coupe a stiffer suspension, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels.

While we’ll leave it up to you to decide which is better (please tell us what you think in the comments) - here is Edmunds conclusion: “It’s the undeniable value equation that tips this test in the favor of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis 3.8. You simply get more car for your dollar with the Genesis coupe. Sure, it’s not as much car as the 2009 Infiniti G37, but at two-thirds the cost, it doesn’t have to be.”

What we think is that, although the Genesis Coupe is slower than the G37 Coupe, it's more track-ready than the Infiniti. Simply because the G37 Coupe is heavier and supplied by a softer suspension than the Genesis Coupe. So, the Genesis deserves to win because it's a true hard-core sports car, equipped with similar Infiniti luxury-technology, and is $5,000 cheaper with the Track Package.

Here's Edmunds' video review of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track Package

Source : [Edmunds]

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