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One of the most wonderful sensations come when you command a whole handful of power just with the flexing of your right foot. Horsepower is an intoxicating element when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that it’s saved for the most expensive vehicles out there.
It could be the car’s affordable price, or its styling, but one thing is for sure, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a hit with younger buyers.
While Baby Boomers love their pony cars and muscle cars, and Gen X buyers are split on their choice of sports car, when it comes to two-doors and rear-wheel drive, Gen Y buyers are flocking to Hyundai.
Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik eagerly pointed out this statistic during an info session at the recent 2013 Genesis Coupe product launch – read our review here. According to data from the latest Maritz Research New Vehicle Customer Study (NVCS), the median age among buyers of the Genesis Coupe, as well as three other rear-drive sports cars (including the Camaro, Mustang and Nissan 370Z) were all close with the an average age of 51 for the Mustang, 49 for the other two and 47 for the Genesis Coupe.
While the Gen X demographic (those born between 1965 and 1978) made up the smallest percentage of Genesis Coupe buyers compared to the other models in the study, the numbers flip completely for Gen Y (1979-1994). A total of 29 percent of Genesis Coupe buyers were from the Gen Y set, compared to 24 percent for the 370Z. Move into the domestic sphere and the digits continue to plummet, with just 19 percent opting for the Camaro, while only 16 percent liked the Mustang enough to park on in their driveway.
Also of note, the median income for the 370Z buying group is considerably higher than that of the others.
A positive step for Hyundai, these numbers also suggest younger buyers are increasingly shunning domestic sports cars, painting a bleak future for these “heritage” machines. Recognizing this reality, Chevrolet recently unveiled the Tru 140S and Code 130R Concepts at the Detroit Auto Show. The former, a modern-looking front-driver and the latter a more traditionally styled rear-drive machine, it’s obvious Chevy sees the current Gen Y shift as a sign and is planning for a future where the Camaro plays a smaller role in its lineup.
Even before (and if) these models come to production, updates to the Genesis Coupe comes just in time, as the rear-drive sports car segment gets increasingly competitive this year with the launch of a car that’s sure to be a hit with Gen Y, the Scion FR-S.
GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Plans are currently not in place to implement a Hyundai luxury sub-brand running with the Genesis nameplate, Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik confirmed to Ward’s Auto.
Earlier this month we reported that Hyundai boss Dave Zuchowski confirmed the possibility that “there’s a conversation going on within the company that says, ‘Does having the Hyundai badge on the premium vehicles sell more vehicles, or does it restrict us from selling more vehicles?”
Despite that, it seems the most recent conversation in Las Vegas with Krafcik points to the contrary, that in fact there won’t be a separate brand.
“We have no plan to change our Equus and Genesis retail approach – it’s working,” he said to Ward’s Auto.
Despite not having plans to differentiate the premium line which has relatively sky-scraping prices like the Equus’ $59,00 MSRP in contrast to their $12,545 sub-compact Accent, Krafcik seemed more positive on the possibility of an all-wheel drive Genesis in the future. Offering such a car would further expand their top-tier line which otherwise might have served as another reason to split the products apart.
“We believe we should have AWD on the next Genesis platform,” Krafcik said.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
The third Hyundai Super Bowl ad features the Genesis Coupe… and if you believe everything you see, it can actually bring someone back to life
“Think Fast,” a 30-second spot that will play in the fourth quarter of the game, features Bob, a recurring character that will star in Hyundai’s social media plans. In the ad, Bob is driving his boss in his Genesis Coupe R-Spec. While in the middle of offering Bob some words of wisdom, the elderly boss falls unconscious. Bob doesn’t lose his head during this medical emergency – instead, he rapidly accelerates and stops his car repeatedly, performing a sort of Genesis CPR. There’s enough force to bring the boss back to life, who starts his speech right where he left off.
If you’re a fan of Bob’s, you can check out more “Bob’s High-Powered Business Tips” by visiting Hyundai’s YouTube Channel.
Check out “Think Fast” after the jump.
Hyundai is set to finally debut the 2013 Genesis Coupe at next week’s 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and to stir up some excitement they’ve released a new teaser video for their next-generation sports coupe.
The teaser surprisingly reveals quite a bit of the new Genesis Coupe, albeit in actual bits and pieces rather than full car shots. Nonetheless, there aren’t any real surprises as to what it’ll look like after all the photos we’ve seen, but it’s nice to see more details on the newly revamped model. The 3.8 badge that’s also seen in the video proves that the new Genesis Coupe will be plenty potent with its Lambda V6 with 345-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Check out the video after the break.
Are you frustrated with your car’s nav system? Join the club – a new study out by J.D. Power and Associates Reports says that drivers are annoyed with their navigation systems.
Consumers are reporting that they are becoming increasingly frustrated with their in-car navigation and infotainment systems. The problem seems to be complexity of these systems, and drivers think that the systems available aren’t easy to use. Topping the list of complaints is the “Address/street/city not found”, followed by “Difficulty inputting destination,” “Route provided was not direct” and “Difficulty using voice recognition controls.” And instead of making these systems easier to use, manufacturers are adding even more features, such as climate controls.
“Routing the primary function of a navigation system is obviously an issue and will continue to be,” said Andy Bernhard, director at J.D. Power and Associates. “However, for nearly 10 years, the importance of ease of use has been emphasized by owners, and the continued high level of problems in this area begs the question: is the industry listening to how owners want to interact with their system?”
J.D. Power and Associates also ranked the top systems based on consumer satisfaction, and leading the way is the Garmin system that comes with the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, as well as the Hyundai Mobis that’s found in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. At the bottom of the list is the Alpine Electronics unit found in a few Mercedes-Benz models, TeleNav in the Lincoln MKX and DENSO in the Toyota RAV4.
If you have GPS or an infotainment system in your vehicle, do you find it too complicated to use? Let us know in the comments section below.
Now that we know what the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is going to look like, our speculation as to what will be under the hood can also end. Hyundai has officially announced that the new Genesis Coupe will come with a 2.0 TCI base engine and a direct-injection version of the Lambda 3.8. The 2.0L turbo will pack 275-hp while the 3.8L GDi will come with 350-hp – even more than the Genesis Sedan, which is rated at 333-hp.
Both engines will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual option. What is most impressive is that the V6 Genesis Coupe will pack more horsepower than the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
These details, while official, are for Korean-spec models. Official US specs won’t be announced until the Detroit Auto Show in January.
GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
It’s been a fun ride waiting for Hyundai to officially reveal the 2013 Genesis Coupe, with spy photos to supposed Photoshop renders to teasers from Hyundai. And now the supposed Photoshop render has been proven to be the real deal, as Hyundai posted a trio of photos showing off the 2013 Genesis Coupe in all its glory.
No surprises yet with what will be under the hood, with Hyundai simply stating that a more powerful V6 engine will be under the hood. Oddly enough, the Hyundai Facebook post also claims that it’ll be a 2012 Genesis model but either way it’s obvious Hyundai has employed its Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy on the new Genesis Coupe.
For now we’ll still keep our fingers crossed that Hyundai engineers are taking notes from Rhys Millen Racing and finds a way to give consumers a Tau engine option for the new Genesis Coupe.
GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
[Source: Hyundai Facebook]
Last week we were treated with what was believed as a photoshop of the upcoming 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, but now official photos have slipped out and it looks like the supposed photoshop wasn’t far off. Thanks to a teaser posted up on the Korean Hyundai blog, we can now get a much better look at the highly anticipated refreshed Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Not much is a surprise, after seeing so many leaked photos and teasers of the new Genesis, but it’s nice to finally see it in its production flesh – with it’s Veloster-like snout.
The 2013 Genesis Coupe will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January and is expected to keep it’s two engine options, although with a significant bump in power. Look for the 2.0T engine to increase from 210-hp to 274-hp, while the 3.8-liter V6 should gain direct injection to offer 333-hp.
GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
We really have to give a hand to Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai this year. In an age where everything somehow finds a way to leak onto the Internet, this is the first we’re hearing of the project that RMR is currently working on for this year’s SEMA Show.
Hyundai has released a teaser video revealing that Rhys is planning something extra special for this year’s show. Over the past four years, RMR and Hyundai have partnered up to create one-of-a-kind show-stopping vehicles, and it looks like this year they want it to be the biggest and best yet.
Make sure to check out the video after the jump and stay tuned for SEMA Show coverage starting here, Tuesday, Nov. 1st.
Hyundai will unveiled a one-off Genesis coupe at SEMA, dubbed the Genesis Hurricane SC, built in collaboration with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc.
Magnuson is a well known maker of superchargers, and will be contributing the “SC” part of the equation, though technical details haven’t been released. Horsepower has been announced at 450 horsepower.
What has us intrigued is a small nugget buried in the press release, where a Hyundai engineer mentions that HATCI (Hyundai’s Michigan technical Center) has been “…working for years with Magnuson to ensure high engine output is available on future Hyundai vehicles.”
Does this mean that a supercharged Genesis Coupe is on the way as a replacement for a long-rumored but often denied V8-powered Genesis Coupe?
Leaked photos of the 2013 Genesis Coupe have already hit the net showcasing a Veloster-style nose for the Hyundai sports car. Now new shots have revealed one of the engine options – and it’s a good one.
Rumors had suggested the base 2.0T 4-cylinder would be upgraded to equal the power of that in the new Sonata, with 274-hp on tap. As for the V6, it was expected to get direct-injection, much like in the 2012 Genesis Sedan, to generate 333-hp. And rumors of the R-Spec’s 5.0-liter continued to surface in the hope there was some truth to them.
The latest photos have confirmed at least one engine, and it’s none of the above. Instead, look for a supercharged V6 to find its way under the hood of the new 2013 Genesis Coupe. This should help it deliver power on par with the big 5.0-liter, but in a more compact space and with a lower weight.
Even though its official North American debut is quite a ways off at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, several photos have surfaced throughout the Internet revealing the 2013 facelifted Genesis Coupe. Now we’ve spotted the most revealing photo of the Hyundai Veloster-influenced Genesis, featuring a much bolder front end while the rest of the body looks traditional Genesis-esque. We have little reason to believe that the actual production vehicle will stray very far from these leaked photos.
We’re still confident that Hyundai will equip the 2013 Genesis Coupe with a more powerful base 2.0L turbocharged engine with 274-hp, while the 3.8L V6 from the Genesis Sedan with 333-hp will be available as an option. The only thing that would make the next-generation Genesis Coupe killer would be a 5.0L V8 option with 429-hp – just like on the Genesis Sedan R-Spec model.
Hyundai Germany has announced a limited production of just 50 units for a Genesis Coupe GT, inspired by the Hyundai Schuhmann Motor Sport Team. The team is famous for campaigning a Genesis Coupe at the Nurburgring 24-hour race. The Genesis Coupe GT will come with the standard 3.8L V6 powerplant with 306-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque but will feature a quad-tipped, stainless steel exhaust.
Other modifications to the Genesis Coupe GT include suspension upgrades, lowering the Genesis by about 1.2-inches giving it better handling and a meaner stance. The vehicle is lowered on a set of 19-inch OZ Ultraleggera wheels in a matte graphite finish, wrapped with Dunlop Sport Maxx GT rubber.
Available only in Germany, the Genesis Coupe GT is priced at $59,445 on today’s conversation rates.
GALLERY: Hyundai Genesis Coupe GT
A new Hyundai Genesis Coupe will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next year, packing even more horsepower.
The new Genesis was caught testing in the Arctic Circle with its usual assortment of recycled Miata tops and Boy Scout tents, covering a new exterior facelift. The Genesis Coupe’s V6 and inline-four engines will both get more power as well: as on the 2012 Genesis sedan, the V6 gets direct injection and a higher compression ratio, which on the Genesis sedan is good for 333 horsepower. On the smaller, sportier Genesis Coupe? Much more fun.
As for the turbocharged 4-cylinder, it’s rumored to get a power bump up to 274-hp.
And the Genesis will still get 30-mpg highway. Booyah, Hyundai. Expect to see the new Genesis-es (that plural can’t be right) at Detroit next January.
[Source: Inside Line]
The Hyundai Genesis will get all-wheel drive, but it won’t come until 2014, when the car is updated with a revised platform and other changes.
While Hyundai CEO John Krafcik has confirmed in the past that the Genesis, Genesis Coupe and Equus will offer this set-up, a report in Car and Driver indicates that it won’t be offered on the current generation models. The addition of AWD will certainly help sales of the car in the Snow Belt states, where buyers almost universally opt for AWD over their two-wheel counterparts. In the meantime, the Genesis gets revised powertrains, including an 8-speed automatic transmission and a new 429-horsepower 5.0L V8.
[Source: Car and Driver]
Red Bull has made a name for itself with crazy motorsport antics. The latest stunt is profiled in a video of their drifters, Rhys Millen and Ryan Tuerck, piloting Red Bull-sponsored machines sideways through Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The tandem street drifting was part of a promotion for the Formula Drift event in Atlanta and even gave the mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, a ride-along.
Rhys Millen was piloting his Hyundai Genesis Coupe while Ryan Tuerck was in his Pontiac Solstice Coupe, which is now retired from competition – Tuerck is now competing with a Chevrolet Camaro. Needless to say, Red Bull did a fantastic job capturing it all on video for us to enjoy.
Check out the video after the jump:
The Gogogear.com Hyundai Genesis Coupe, first premiered at the 2010 SEMA Show, will make its race debut in the United States Touring Car Championship series on April 16 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.
Driven by team principal Ali Arsham, the car uses the 3.8L Lambda V6, and most of the modifications have been made in the name of reducing weight, while BC dampers provide increased stiffness for the chassis, and an Earl’s oil cooler helps keep temperatures under control.
While anyone with a lot of money can slap together a race car, Arsham enlisted the help of students at Universal Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest training schools for automotive mechanics. Building a race car is world’s away from changing oil or even re-building an engine, and it’s nice to see Arsham allowing the next generation of mechanics to participate in the ground-up construction of a proper race car.
While the Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the company has quietly been testing a barely disguised Veloster with something a bit more sinister under the hood. The most likely explanation is that Hyundai is testing a more powerful Veloster, likely with a turbocharger.
A turbo Veloster would be the most logical choice, as its GDI engine would be well-paired with a turbo. Horsepower could be boosted well above the current 138-hp figure without a major penalty in fuel economy or curb weight. Since the standard Veloster weighs just under 2600 lbs, the associated turbo hardware would likely bring the car closer to 2700lbs.
Of course, Hyundai can’t make the Veloster too quick. Although the Genesis Coupe is expected to get a boost in power, with a base engine making 274 horsepower, the Veloster can’t step on the toes of the flagship sports car, and we think Hyundai won’t show us the Veloster’s full potential for that reason alone.
Hyundai will launch it’s Genesis models in Europe starting in 2013, but the cars will be part of a separate luxury channel rather than as part of the existing Hyundai lineup.
Outlining his plans for Genesis, Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai’s managing director for the UK, told AutoExpress “Lexus did a great job in the States, although it never quite took off in Europe. But the premium route is interesting, and it could work for Genesis here.”
Reports suggest that trial runs will happen in left-hand drive countries, as there are no RHD Genesis or Equus models currently available. 20 percent of Hyundai’s 152 European dealers would sell the Genesis range, which would include both the Genesis Coupe and Sedan and the Equus super-luxury sedan.
Hyundai has yet another SEMA car, this time in the form of a hotted up Genesis Coupe. While the car is undoubtedly a show car, a Gogogear car is slated to run in the U.S Touring Car Championship, a sanctioned sports car class overseen by the National Auto Sports Association.
Nobody would ever confuse this car, with a full interior and heavy, gloss black rims for a race car, the car’s powertrain stays pretty close to stock, with a bolt on intake and exhaust, while the the suspension has been heavily overworked with ARK shocks, springs and coilover sleeves as well as QA1 bearings. Stoptech brakes and Earl’s oil lines and associated fittings help the car achieve 1.4 lateral G’s during cornering, and keep oil flowing to the engine under these conditions.
Many may scratch their heads at the “mild” nature of the engine mods, but in many sanctioned racing series, these are tightly restricted, while chassis tweaks are where many cars make up their speed. We’re happy to see Gogogear take this approach, rather than the dreadful “Import2NR” style that still exists in the sport compact community.
After a great run at last year’s SEMA show, where the Hyundai Genesis Coupe was at the forefront of most display booths, Hyundai is butressing their previously announced Sonata Turbo with a pimped out Equus, by Hyundai tuner Rhys Millen Racing.
The Equus, Hyundai’s cut-price S-Class competitor, has been fitted with a carbon fiber good, Red Bull Racing inspired paint, and HRE wheels. An RMR designed intake and exhaust kit give the car a 30 horsepower bump, while a big brake kit helps bring the land-yacht to a halt. If all of that wasn’t enough, the interior has been swathed in ostrich leather.