2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe GT Limited Edition unveiled in Germany

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2011

Hyundai has recently presented a limited edition Genesis Coupe GT that’s specifically intended for the market in Germany. It gets its inspiration from the Hyundai Schuhmann Motor Sport Team, which entered a Genesis Coupe at the 24-hr endurance race at the Nürburgring last June.

This had been given a silver and blue livery. Just 50 cars will be offered for the German customers, each with a price tag of EUR41,990 (about $59,800).

The special edition is powered with a 3.8 liter V6 engine that delivers 303hp and 361 Nm (266 lb.ft.) of torque. As a result, the Genesis Coupe GT could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). It has also been fitted with a bespoke stainless steel quad-exhaust.

Meanwhile, its suspension has been lowered by 30 mm. The car features a set of distinctive OZ Ultraleggera 19-inch wheels in Matt Graphite Silver that are covered in Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.

In a company statement, Hyundai said that the 2012 Genesis Coupe is an “exercise in balance,” as it features both “brains and brawn, technology and hardware, thoughtfulness and raw strength.” Hyundai said that as a result, the driver will appreciate the quickness, agility, and strong performance, as well as the features that are typically seen on the pricier sports cars.

Hyundai unveiled the new Genesis Coupe in a press conference at the New York International Auto Show. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe sets new standards for 300-hp sports cars and is a rear-wheel drive that has two high-performance engines. One delivers a 212-horsepower 2.0 L four-cylinder engine that is also turbocharged. The other is the most powerful engine in its range, giving 306 horsepower. It is a DOHC 3.8 L V6 engine.

This is set to be available in spring of 2009.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the South Korean carmaker’s best-performing car ever and is the second in a series of all-new models being introduced by the company. It makes use of the flexible rear-wheel drive architecture that you have seen in earlier Genesis sport cars.

Hyundai Motor America’s vice president for product development and strategic planning, John Krafcik, says that the entry-level sports car relies on its four-cylinder turbo power and rear-wheel drive to position itself as a strong competitor for front-wheel drive sport cars now out in the market. The 3.8-liter version, Krafcik adds, allows you to drive at an “even higher level,” as it gives you the same premium power that you see in the Infiniti G37 and other more expensive cars.

The Design

The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe takes its current form from a concept car that was unveiled at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. From concept to reality, the Genesis Coupe keeps most of the significant design features intact.

Hyundai Design Center Chief Designer Joel Piaskowski says that their mission was to build a pure performance car with a design that will catch the imagination and attention of hardcore car lovers. According to Piaskowski, the new car’s aggressive stance seen at any angle would help do just that.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe also has several design cues taken from a number of Hyundai concept cars, such as the undulating beltline, powerful curves, the "Z" bodyside lines and the surface detail. These design elements take their inspiration from the HCD8 sport coupe and HCD9 Talus concepts.

The car’s rocker panels are now closer to the ground, and the wheels are slammed up into the fenders. The body side looks extra thick and you have better proportions between the greenhouse and the fenders. All of these help give the Genesis Coupe the more aggressive look that you see in sports cars.

The front fascia has big openings that allow the engine to breathe better, while the dual exhaust tips that are seamlessly embedded into the rear fascia has the same blackout as the designs you see on the front fascia.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe uses 18-inch alloy wheels that you can change to the optional 19-inch tires.

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