With a balanced rear-wheel drive chassis, the choice of turbo or naturally-aspirated powertrains, and a starting price of just $22,250, there’s certainly a lot to love about the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Probably the only downside we can think of is that a heavily facelifted model
is being introduced for 2013 and it’s coming with fresh new styling, even more power on tap, and an optional eight-speed automatic with paddle-shifters.
So unless you need a new car today, or you’re getting an amazingly good deal, we’d say you’re better off waiting for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. That’s not to say that the 2012 model is a bad choice, as there’s still plenty on offer and dare we say it, the styling of the older model may be preferable to some.
The Genesis Coupe competes in a tough crowd, filled with cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Ford, Mustang, and Nissan’s 370Z, but it’s able to hold its own and is relatively unique in that it offers a turbo four whereas all the others come with at least six cylinders.
The four-cylinder engine in the Genesis Coupe is also quite the gem despite being the base option. The 2.0-liter unit is rated at a conservative 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque and is just begging to be modified. Matched to the standard six-speed manual, the turbocharged Genesis Coupe reminds us of an old-school turbo car that the Japanese automakers were flogging during the early 1990s. The optional six-speed auto is a nice unit but a manual is so much more fun in this type of car.
The V-6 Genesis Coupe is the performance option if you like to keep your cars stock, however. Its 3.8-liter engine is rated at 306 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in around 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. The four-cylinder isn’t far behind on this pace though its nature is very different.
Overall, the Genesis Coupe is a joy to drive, with crisp turn-in, great body control, and strong brakes to match the brisk powertrains. The feel of the steering is about the only thing that we'd like to see different; it can feel somewhat nervous on center, yet a bit dull in corners.
For an in-depth review of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, including a look at the car’s styling, performance, quality, and safety, head over to our sister site The Car Connection
for the full review.