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Hyundai SEMA 2013 Booth Tour

In a booth packed with a bunch of brightly painted vehicles like the highlighter Hylighter yellow Veloster turbo or the mint green Fox Marketing turbo Veloster in the booth, you’d think it be hard to have a single vehicle stand out as the star but of course you’d be wrong.

Hyundai was showing off a turbo Genesis built by Bisimoto Engineering that had one stand out feature on the spec sheet, 1029 horsepower. I think I have used the word “beast” to describe many cars at SEMA but I think this one truly earns it! While typically the turbo 2.0L is the powerplant of choice for tuners, Bisimoto opted to go start with the 3.8L N/A motor. Throw in some Arias forged pistons, Golden Eagle sleeves, a beefier Magnafuel fuel pump, ARP studs, a custom built air-to-air intercooler based on spearco cores and a ton of other parts and I guess what comes out is over 1000 horsepower! :)

See: Rest of the Hyundai SEMA 2013 Booth

Review: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Quick Info:

  • 212HP 2.0L turbo-4 / 299HP 3.8L naturally aspirated six cylinder
  • 3, 439lbs (4 cylinder) / 3, 549lbs (6 cylinder)
  • $24,495 base 2.0T / $34,995 3.8 GT

This year has seen the death of import performance (Honda axing the S2000, Nissan cancelling its upcoming Silvia replacement, GM killing the V and SS models). In fact, the recent recession and dismal economy are only compounding a trend that’s been continuing for the last little while: fun to drive and sporty cars are, at least as far as the big manufacturers are concerned, not a priority.

That leaves us with limited selection for a sports car that won’t break the bank: the proverbial Ford Mustang, Nissan 370Z, Mazda RX-8, and Infiniti G37. Even then, the pricing on some of those vehicles places them out of reach for many people. Other import rockets, such as the Subaru WRX/STI or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart/Evo, are more hopped up compacts than true sports cars.

Then, out of the blue, Hyundai releases a concept in 2007. The concept, a hot-orange coupe with a low-slung roofline and a wide stance, was received with open arms and open cheque books. Now, as we enter spring in 2009, the rear-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe has landed.

Initial Impression

I was lucky enough to find myself test-driving a red 3.8GT. Its low, with a sexy profile thanks largely to gorgeous 19” rims. The rear looks menacing, with dual exhaust and sharp taillights. If you were to remove the Hyundai badge you’d hardly know that this car was made by a Korean car company.

Maybe that’s a good thing, as shaking the reputation of the past has been Hyundai’s biggest challenge and is something that they have been quite successful with. If this car is any indication of things to come (okay, perhaps the last generation Tiburon and Sonata were good indications) then it may be safe to assume that Hyundai is about to become a real tuner favourite.

Cosmetically, if you were to place a G37 coupe and a 3.8GT beside each other, there is little difference. To the untrained eye, the 3.8GT may very well be a G37 coupe. I see the small differences in the headlights, rear quarter, and tail, and I appreciate them completely.

Inside, the 3.8GT Genesis Coupe is comfortable and surprisingly luxurious. The leather sport seats are firm and supportive; the leather wrapped steering wheel and audio controls are soft to the touch; the dash itself does not feel of hard plastic. Aside from cramped rear seats, the interior of the 3.8GT is actually a comfortable place to be. There is a lot of black, but I appreciate that and enjoy it- I’m not a fan of wood-grain, overused brushed aluminum, or shiny plastic pieces.

The car comes with a host of standard features, many of which are available on cars costing thousands of dollars more. It’s no surprise either, as Hyundai has made it its mission to offer all the gizmo’s for less than what everyone else is charging. Good for them, as Bluetooth and aux inputs are great features to have.

Driving Impressions

It was a touch over zero degrees when I put the car on the road, and the snow had retreated enough to keep the roads clean and clear (gravel and dirt aside). Leaving the dealership I kept my foot restrained and controlled. With 300 horses on tap I knew that the 3.8GT would have plenty of go, but I sure didn’t want to be the guy that wrapped a brand new car around a light post.

In traffic the 3.8GT behaves as you’d expect: it’s calm and composed, with big brakes that are a tad touchier than I’m used to. The six speed transmission is smooth and easy to operate, with great clutch feel. I find that a lot of performance-oriented vehicles have heavy clutches, but the 3.8GT seems to be an exception.

Merging on to northbound Deerfoot traffic, the 3.8L V6 really shines and all of that go-juice that I knew (and prayed) the car had demonstrated themselves in all of their glory. True, this car is not a 500 horsepower Viper killer, but its 300 horses get this car moving in a hurry. Having driven vehicles with turbochargers for the last five years the feeling of linear power delivery was odd, but it was also very much appreciated and welcomed. It’s like switching from blonde’s to brunettes: each is attractive in their own right, and both are fun to operate. In the Genesis Coupe, the 3.8L V6 is very clearly more than happy to oblige.

I am curious about what the four cylinder turbo will be like, as I’ve always had a preference for boosted cars- especially in Calgary. However, the V6 is strong and capable, with a great exhaust note. Since the weather was warm (for the season) I had my window open as I roared down Deerfoot.

It was an experience that I hope to soon recreate. I had been recently shopping for a sport coupe and had my mind set on a Porsche Cayman S, and while I recognize that the Hyundai is not in the same league, it is also less than half the price and still a ton of fun to drive. When the weather clears and I am given an opportunity to flog the car around a bit more seriously I will jump on the opportunity. For now, I am content knowing that this car seems to be living up to the hype and allure that Hyundai had created when they released the concept a few years ago.

Things to Note

There is a fair bit of demand for these vehicles. In fact, the sales person I was dealing with wouldn’t even talk pricing with me during the ride. A lot of people are hungry for a sport coupe that isn’t a four door turbo-hatch and won’t cost them their limbs to own. Hyundai seems to have struck gold with this one.

It is priced a fair bit more than the Tiburon that it is replacing, but you are also getting so much more car. The Tiburon was, at best, a 175 horsepower front-driver with a six-speed. The Genesis Coupe is, even in its base form, a 215 horsepower turbocharged rocket with great looks and solid driving dynamics. At $35,000 for a 3.8GT there isn’t much out there that offers more bang for your buck.

If you’ve got a negative opinion of the Genesis due to the fact that it’s a Hyundai, well, it may be time for you to shed your inhibitions. Go drive one. Go experience the new Hyundai. It will make a believer out of you, too.