Road Test

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6

September 5, 2011

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2011_01It has the ingredients of a sports car; two-door coupe-body, powerful V6 engine and the rear wheel drive. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe also looks very much like a sports car. From the front the body looks wide and low. At the front there is a small, blacked out radiator grill and big headlamps. The bonnet lid looks big and long. The sideview unveils the short front and rear overhangs and long doors. From the rear you notice the big rear light housings and the dual exhaust system integrated with the diffuser. The hyper-silver finished alloy wheel are 19″, but doesn’t actually look that big. The tyre size is 225/40R19 at front and 245/40R19 at the rear. Although red isn’t my favorite colour, it works quite well in this coupe.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe is quite well equipped. The smart key system with the keyless entry makes it possible to open or shut the doors by touching the button on the door handle while the key is in the pocket. The smart key system also includes the engine start by a push of a button. The Infinity audio system includes 360-watt amplifier and eight speakers around the car. The Infinity audio system also plays mp3’s and has a six-disc CD changer. The center console looks nice, but with the grey/silver finish it looks a bit more like it’s from a luxury sedan than a sporty coupe. Also the multifuntion display on top of the center console looks quite old fashioned with it’s blue backlight.

Luckily there are also some sportier elements like the fully adjustable front bucket seats that are well shaped to hold you still while cornering. Eventhough the seats are shaped in a sporty style they are confortable enough on a longer drive also.  The steering wheel comes with the controls for audio system and the cruise control and there are also the paddle shifters for manual shifting. The pedals are chrome coated. The leather brings a bit of luxury to the cockpit, but otherwise it doesn’t feel that special that what you would expect from a sporty coupe.

More sportier elements can be found under the bonnet. The 3.8-liter V6 engine has dual continuously variable valve timing and a variable intake system to improve both low-end torque and high-end power. The V6 produces 303 horsepower and 361 Newton metres of torque and is quite eager to go even at low revs. The V6 engined Hyundai Genesis Coupe can reach a 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and top speed of 240 km/h. The performance isn’t spectacular, but on a quite good level to keep you satisfied. The V6 engine is surprisingly quiet, but the exhaust gives you a quite nice soundtrack when using the throttle. The six-speed automatic transmission works great with the engine offering both performance and also a reasonable consuption when driving steady speeds. The automatic transmission also offers the possibility to change gears manually, either from the gear lever or from the shift paddles.

The fuel economy is on acceptable level with an average fuel consumption of 9,9 litres per 100 km. On the highway you can get the consumption down to 7,0 litres and with the 65 litre fuel tank, Genesis Coupe is nice choice for a longer journey also. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe looks like a sports car and it also has the performance, but it still feels more like a comfortable coupe that you like to take to a relaxing cruise instead of a race track.

Specification

Engine

  • Petrol
  • 6-cylinder
  • 3778cc

Power

  • 223 kW (303 hp) / 6300rpm

Torque

  • 361 Nm / 4700rpm

Transmission

  • 6-speed automatic
  • RWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 6.3 seconds

Top speed

  • 240 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 9.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 235 g/km

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