Hyundai doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When told it cannot do something, like become a major player in the American car market, or like guarantee powertrains against defect for 10 years or 100,000 miles, or like build and sell a luxury car without a luxury brand, the ginormous Korean automaker simply goes ahead and does it, flipping an enormous finger at naysayers and the establishment.
I like that attitude. And it’s one reason I like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Don’t confuse the Genesis Coupe with the Genesis Sedan. While the two cars are built off a common rear-drive platform and share certain components, the 4-door model is a far more refined and luxurious vehicle than the rough-around-the-edges 2-door model. The result is a car without direct competitors.
Several models do, however, pass within the Genesis Coupe’s orbit. The Hyundai is book-ended by two-seaters in the form of the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins and the Nissan 370Z, and could be considered a Korean translation of the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang.
To keep its sport coupe fresh, Hyundai made several changes to the 2013 Genesis Coupe, not the least of which involved increasing horsepower, torque, and performance. The car receives new styling, an upgraded interior, and available Blue Link telematics service. Additionally, a new 8-speed automatic transmission debuts, suspension and steering modifications aim to improve ride and handling, and the stability control system now offers three different stages, including full-off.
I don’t recommend choosing that setting, unless you’re on a broad, flat piece of pavement without, say, parking blocks and light fixtures. Get my drift?