2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe officially unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

As we said last week when we released the official information regarding the high-performance V6 Lambda RS engine, Hyundai launched today the Genesis Coupe on the Korean market at the event on Jeju Island attended by members of the Korean and international press. According to the manufacturer the Genesis Coupe represents an exemplification of Hyundai's design evolution: simple, modern, crisp lines with wonderful proportions and aspiration appeal.

"The Genesis Coupe is our very first thoroughbred, a true halo car with all the hallmarks of a high performance car,"."The Coupe will do exactly what it was designed to do: Provide a thrilling driving experience and attract new customers to Hyundai showrooms and continue the transformation of our brand." said Dr. Hyun's Soon Lee, president of the Corporate Research and Development Division.

The exterior the vehicle features an aggressive silhouette, with sharply distinctive headlamps, a rear view with two-tone bumper and dual square-shaped exhaust tips while at the interior we find a futuristic design that reflects the sophistication and sportiness in every detail. The car features an engine start button and new floor-mounted accelerator.

Also we can find new sport buckets with lateral support, featuring walk-in memory design technology. With a wheelbase measuring 2820 mm(290mm longer than the Tiburon/Coupe), the cabin of hte new vehicle provides more space than the previous version of coupes.

The Genesis Coupe promises to be the most affordable 300 hp coupe on the planet according to the manufacturer and with its 55/45 front-rear weight distribution the car sprints from 0-100 km/h(62 mph) in just 6.3 seconds (powered by the DOHC 3.8-liter V6 Lambda RS). Under the hood the manufacturer offers two engines: the range-topping 310 hp DOHC 3.8-liter V6 Lambda RS and the base 223 hp (on premium fuel and 211 on regular fuel) 2.0-liter turbocharged Theta engine.

The Lambda RS engine pushes the vehicle from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.3 seconds while the 2.0-liter engine achieves the same speed in 8.3 seconds. In order to improve the manoeuvrability dual MacPherson struts reduce the offset between the wheel center and the tie rods increasing the caster angle. For better safety, the new Limited Slip Differential features a torque sensor improving the handling under any road conditions.

At the interior the coupe features a six-airbag system, active headrests and according to the manufacturer is expected to receive a five-star crash safety rating. Of course, in order to stop in time a new performance Brembo brake system was installed featuring 13.4 inch x 1.1 inch rotors (340mm x 28mm) and four's pot fixed calipers (42mm+42mm) while the rear setup includes 13.0 inch x 0.78 inch rotors (330mm x 20mm) gripped by four's pot fixed calipers (32mm+28mm). The safety equipment includes also the ESP, which automatically brakes the appropriate wheel in order to maintain the control of the car.

At the interior we can find also new features such as USB/iPod connectors, auxiliary audio inputs, 5.6-inch information display unit (for audio controls, digital clock, climate control, inside/outside temperature) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls for the audio system. The manufacturer offers as an option an eigh-system infinity sound system. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe pricing begins at $18,700 (€13,720) and $27,340 (€20,050) for the full options version which includes the V6 Lambda RS engine (these prices are available on the Korean market!) .

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