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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2/23/2013
Often overlooked by consumers who are focused on performance-oriented models that are less expensive, more luxurious, or steeped in American muscle-car history, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe received numerous upgrades for 2013 designed to make it a more appealing alternative to a wide variety of competing models. In addition to revised styling, the updated and upgraded 2013 Genesis Coupe receives more powerful and sophisticated powertrains, an improved interior, and the automaker's new Blue Link smartphone pairing and telematics technology. Here are 5 fast facts you may want to know about the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

1.) Hyundai sells the 2013 Genesis Coupe as a 2.0T model and as a 3.8 model. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that gains new twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger intercooler for 2013. Horsepower and torque increase substantially, generating 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. at 2,000 rpm, operating on premium fuel. The engine's anti-knock sensors are designed to automatically adjust ignition timing and engine mapping to allow the engine to run perfectly on regular fuel in exchange for downgrades in power to 260 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Hyundai claims the Genesis Coupe 2.0T achieves a 146-mph top speed while returning 21-mpg city/30-mpg highway with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, which offers improved shift feel and clutch operation for 2013. With the new 8-speed automatic transmission, developed in-house by Hyundai, fuel economy ratings are 20-mpg city/31-mpg highway.

2.) The Genesis Coupe 3.8 is equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, now equipped with direct fuel injection for 2013. Horsepower increases by 42 ponies this year, to 348 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, and torque is up 29 lb.-ft. to 295 at 5,100 rpm when burning premium unleaded fuel. On regular unleaded, horsepower drops to 344 while torque measures 292 lb.-ft. The V-6 engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the new 8-speed automatic transmission, and fuel economy improves to 18-mpg city/27-mpg highway with the manual and 18-mpg city/28-mpg highway with the automatic. Hyundai says the Genesis Coupe 3.8 accelerates to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 149 mph.

3.) The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, supplying a 55:45 front-to-rear weight distribution for the 2.0T model (56:44 for the 3.8 model). A dual cat-back exhaust system is standard for both engines, and Hyundai offers an optional limited-slip rear differential on R-Spec and Track models. All Genesis Coupes have a MacPherson strut front and 5-link rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars, modified for 2013 to improve ride and handling. R-Spec and Track models have track-tuned suspensions with improved roll control and the ability to adjust the front struts to a maximum of 1.5 degrees of negative camber for sharper, more responsive turn-in and reduced understeer. For 2013, the hydraulic engine-speed-sensing power steering is recalibrated for better road feel and more precise response, and a new 3-stage stability control system allows owners to completely disable the safety feature if desired. R-Spec and Track models get Brembo performance brakes with ventilated discs and 4-piston front calipers.

4.) Hyundai names the Honda Civic Si Coupe and the Scion FR-S as competitors for the Genesis Coupe 2.0T, while the Genesis Coupe 3.8 is compared to the Infiniti G37 Coupe and BMW 335i Coupe, in the process claiming better power-to-weight ratios than any of them. The Genesis Coupe weighs between 3,362 lbs. and 3,613 lbs., depending on powertrain and trim level. The trunk holds 10 cu. ft. of luggage.

5.) Standard equipment for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe includes electroluminescent gauges, sport-bolstered front seats, an auxiliary audio input jack, and a USB port. Options include a premium audio system, leather, heated front seats, keyless access with push-button starting, and Xenon HID headlights. Blue Link smartphone connectivity and telematics service is available for the 2.0T Premium and 3.8 Track and Grand Touring models, includes a free 90-day trial subscription, and offers voice text messaging, POI web search address downloading, turn-by-turn navigation, and more.