After much fanfare and even more waiting, the 2010 Genesis Coupe is finally available on North American roads. But was it worth the wait? We take the Genesis Coupe 2.0T and 3.8 to the track to find out.
As our model was of the Track trim level, our Coupe receives larger 19-inch tires shod in sticky summer rubber, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential, and stiffer spring rates for more controlled body movement.
In Track trim, the Genesis Coupe exhibits a good amount of grip and shows that Hyundai has come quite a long way in the handling department. Power is also good, but in a vehicle this size, we'd like a few more ponies.
The Genesis' traction control system is among the more intrusive on the market, cutting power dramatically when the slightest bit of slip is detected. While this may be a boon to drivers on the street, at Laguna Seca it could be downright scary. Fortunately, the Genesis offers plenty of grip without it.
At 306 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, the 3.8-liter V-6 of the appropriately named Genesis Coupe 3.8 is the best engine for the chassis. Power delivery is smooth and strong, and makes for much more dramatic acceleration out of corners.
The Genesis doesn't offer much in the way of tech options because most of the good stuff is standard. Bluetooth hands-free, USB and auxiliary inputs, MP3-compatible CD-player, and XM radio are all standard at this trim level. Based on our limited first listen, the 10-speaker Infinity audio system sounds great.