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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: First Drive Page 3

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We’ve covered the Genesis Coupe’s cosmetic changes already in depth in our preview, and in the full review over at The Car Connection—and you should browse through the attached galleries. But it comes down to this: If you at all took the previous Genesis Coupe for a test drive, the 2013 version might feel like a complete redesign, not a refresh, from the instant you first step inside. That's because Hyundai has facelifted the cabin where it counts: the instrument panel, the trims, and many of the details that the driver looks forward onto. On the outside, the more aggressive grille and airdam, new headlamps and hood altogether give it a more premium look, complemented in back with the new LED taillamps. And of course the palette of colors and materials has been completely revamped.

On top 3.8 Grand Touring and Track models, as well as 2.0T Premium models, there's a seven-inch navigation system on offer; it includes the Blue Link suite of services, as well as HD Radio.

The price is right, too. For just $25,125, you get a remarkably fun-to-drive rear-wheel-drive coupe, with standard equipment including Bluetooth, an iPod/USB interface, keyless entry, A/C, and a trip computer. Step up to the R-Spec—the model we had out on the track—and you get a track-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels on summer tires, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limi-slip, plus special badging and red-leather seat inserts, with a bottom-line price of just $27,375. And even at the top of the line—the 3.8 Track model—the price only edges slightly above the $35k mark (still several grand short of the base G37 Coupe).

Alternative to V-6 Mustang and Camaro—or even Civic Si?

If you want a modest back seat, and you find the garish, over-the-top styling cues and boulevard-bruiser image of the American muscle cars a turnoff, you don’t have many choices—especially if you’re not willing to step up to a luxury brand like Infiniti or BMW.

For shoppers on a budget, the Subaru BRZ (and especially the Scion FR-S) are on their way and will no doubt be tough rivals on the track against the Genesis Coupe 2.0T. The refresh came right in time, to keep the Genesis Coupe relevant and on top of its game. And we’re thoroughly impressed that Hyundai can play to a different audience—demanding driving enthusiasts—with such focus.


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  1. We couldn't agree more. It seems like Hyundai is getting serious about meeting and exceeding expectations by introducing the Genesis Coupe, but if you’re a rear-wheel drive fan looking to finally own that American muscle car, the Genesis Coupe probably isn’t for you. We're impressed that Hyundai is competing in the arena of rear-drive coupes against such heavy hitters. If you’re in the market for a sport coupe with a powerful combination of performance, refinement, technology and value, the latest Genesis Coupe will likely meet (or even exceed) your expectations.
     
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  2. except that, that Italic "H" on the front grille will still turn away more people in this segment. It is the hardest range to crack and the easiest to fail in.
     
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