Last year, Hyundai launched the Genesis sedan, a car with an incredible level of luxury for the price. It also showed that Hyundai can build quality. Now we get a sports car built on the same platform, the Genesis Coupe. Again, excellent quality is evident, at a very low price.
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The Genesis Coupe comes in base, Touring, and Track trims. This car is the Track version, at the top of the model line-up. It has Brembo brakes and a particularly rigid suspension.
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The 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood is unadorned with plastic coverings, like in so many other cars. At the lower end, Hyundai offers the Genesis Coupe with a 2-liter turbo-charged four cylinder engine.
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Our editors couldn't agree on the styling, with strong opinions for and against. Some like the sports car looks, while others decried the odd forms in the exterior.
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As an everyday car, the Genesis Coupe isn't bad. The rear seats are actually usable for short trips, and there is ample trunk space.
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Interior materials are generally a little rough, with hard plastics around the cabin, but the fit is good. Currently available cabin electronics include iPod integration and Bluetooth phone support, but no navigation system.
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We particularly like the quality of the switchgear on the steering wheel spokes, solid metal toggles that let you raise and lower the stereo volume and adjust the cruise control.
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The instrument cluster is very basic, but we like the full trip computer shown in the center display. Unfortunately, the blue display can be hard to read in bright light.
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This six speed manual transmission has close gear ratios for second, third, and fourth, allowing easy shifting and generous power bands.
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The iPod interface is shown in the radio display at the top of the stack. It's not the easiest interface to use, but iPod integration is standard on all Genesis Coupes.
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The iPod cable plugs into a connector in the console. This connector also has ports for USB flash drives and a simple auxiliary input.
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We were very impressed by the Infinity audio system, which produces excellent sound quality. The output is very clean, letting you hear all the instruments on any given track.
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