Next-generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe to debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 10, 2011

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is very impressive with its V6 engine, good looks, and affordable price but surprisingly, not many consumers find it interesting and so it will receive a makeover. According to an Inside Line report, the new model was seen in camouflage during testing at the Arctic Circle and also that it now has more powerful engines.

The 2.0-liter and 3.8-liter V6 models will be considerably enhanced. The revised model is set to be displayed at the Detroit Auto Show next year.

Insiders say that Hyundai has boosted the output of the 3.8-liter V6 Genesis Coupe from its current figures of 306hp and 266 pound-feet of torque to the new version’s 333hp and 291 pound-feet. This is actually the same output as the 2012 Genesis Sedan. Hyundai hasn’t said yet just how much power the 210 turbocharged 2.0-liter model will be able to deliver.

But modest gains are expected since this engine has an economy figure of 30 mph highway. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is expected to be given a cosmetic makeover that will bring it in line with the carmaker’s current design language. It’s also expected to have more luxury features that don’t cost all that much.

For the 2013 model year, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe dons a more aggressive redesigned front end marked by a distinctive grille, headlights, fog lights and LED daytime running lights as well as hood with heat extractor cues. Its sides, meanwhile, are accentuated by stunning 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, featuring designs with deeper dimensional sculpting. On the rear, the refreshed Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes with rear taillights with premium LED illumination and new contours. Even with these redesigns, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe carries its traditional rear-drive sport coupe proportions.

It still features a classic wedge-like profile thanks to its long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. It also features a body side character line -- in a "Z"-shaped design – that integrates with a distinct, drop-beltline rear window graphic. The car’s exterior profile, broad shoulders and wide stance are highlighted by its arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight. Hyundai also maximized the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse to boost the Genesis Coupe’s sports car look. While the enlarged openings on the front end of the car are mainly designed to better cool the engine, they also bestow the coupe with a more aggressive fascia. The rear, meanwhile, is accentuated by dual asymmetrical exhaust tips that are integrated with the blackout rear diffuser treatment.

Of course, Hyundai took care to match the performance of the Genesis Coupe’s chassis with that of the powertrain, recalibrating its spring, damper, and bushing ratings for a more precise body motion control, improved ride comfort and road feel. For superb ride performance, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a MacPherson strut dual-link suspension on the front, mounted to the body car’s through a solid sub-frame that is both stronger and lighter than a comparable multi-piece suspension system. On the rear, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe features a five-link suspension. The South Korean carmaker installed 23-mm diameter stabilizer bars on the front and 19-mm diameter stabilizer bars on the rear to help reduce body roll and to better tune the car’s at-the-limit handling for optimal predictability.

Interestingly, all Genesis Coupe models are able to deliver a true rear-drive sport driving experience. However, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec and Track high-performance models offer a higher-level of sport driving enjoyment with its differentiated suspension that features firmer front spring rates (by seven percent) and rear spring rates (by 11 percent) with matched damper rates. Moreover, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec and Track high-performance models have thicker stabilizer bars – 24 mm on the front and 20 mm on the rear – which mean better roll control over other Genesis Coupe models.

Likewise, all new Hyundai Genesis Coupe models come with better low-velocity-control dampers for enhanced body control and more refined ride comfort. Furthermore, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec and Track high-performance models feature front strut camber adjustment bolts that owners could easily install in the front strut assembly, allowing around -1.5 degrees of negative front camber adjustment for a more responsive apex turn-in and significant reduction in understeer. All of these reconfigurations are possible thanks to the superb structural rigidity of the new Genesis Coupe.

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