Genesis Coupe: Rear-wheel drive, luxury sports coupe

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe

If you are on the market for something sporty with tons of power that also happens to be accelerator-happy, then the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the car for you.

When it comes to car manufacturers who have developed a tradition of one-upping the competition, Hyundai is certainly among the first few that spring to mind. Thanks to creating a variety of models that offer incredible value for money across a range of categories, Hyundai has successfully established itself as a staple of reliability and excellent value in Canada. This time they prove it with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which is arguably the most powerful car on the Canadian market for under $30,000. Here’s everything you need to know about this affectionately nicknamed “pocket rocket.”

The Reason Behind All The Hype

The single most important feature in any sport coupe is the source of its power. In the case of the Genesis Coupe, you’re looking at a 3.8-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI) V6 that puts out a whopping 348 horsepower at 6,400 rpm. Paired with a standard-issue 6-speed manual transmission, this powerhouse generates 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,100 rpm. It might not seem like that much at first, but when you stack that number against the Genesis Coupe curb weight of 1,628 kilograms, it becomes clear why it bears the nickname pocket rocket. The cherry on top is the rear-wheel drive, which means it can easily get tail-happy at times if you feel so inclined.

R-Spec As A Standard For Driving Fun

Referred to as “enthusiast-focused” by Hyundai, the Genesis Coupe R-Spec includes several high-performance features as standard. Should this be your sports coupe of choice, it will arrive complete with Bridgestone Potenza tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension with ratcheted up spring rates and specially-tuned damping, Torsen-type limited slip differential, an impressive Brembo brake package, bucket seats with large side bolsters to keep passengers firmly in place when engaged in high-speed cornering. A toned-down race car through and through, the aforementioned are merely ENTRY LEVEL features in the Genesis Coupe family. Top-of-the-line trim levels include proximity keyless entry with push-button start, rearview camera, heated front seats, 10-speaker Infinity audio system and so much more.

Continues The Tradition Of Surpassing Expectations

Hyundai has made a name for itself by building vehicles that far exceed customer expectations when it comes to value for money. The Genesis Coupe has a wide planted stance and classic coupe proportions with a long hood and short rear. It looks modern and classic at the same time on the outside, and the good looks are carried over to the inside as well. The look of the interior is more upscale than you’d expect from a base model car, with seating for four that are deeply bolstered and leather trimmed with red contrasting stitching. The knobs and buttons that control the audio and HVAC system on the centre stack are old-school, ergonomically correct and simple to use. The trunk can store up to 322 litres, with more if you fold down the rear seatbacks.

Exceptionally Engineered And Superbly Fun To Drive

Even though the Hyundai Genesis Coupe can be a handful when you push it due to being relatively lightweight, having rear-wheel drive and slightly heavy steering for a car of its size, it is still immensely fun to drive. Fuel consumption is at 14.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway, which is expected since it has nearly 350 horsepower. The track suspension is on the firm side and also has three-stage Electronic Stability Control, making the Hyundai Genesis Coupe THE car you want to have for both weekend getaway adventures with a loved one or dropping the kids at school.