Hyundai scraps 2-liter turbo-four on 2015 Genesis Coupe

Article by Christian A., on June 6, 2014

Hyundai’s 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will no longer be available on the 2015 Genesis Coupe, according to spokesman Derek Joyce. This means that the latest iteration of the Genesis Coupe will be powered by only the 3.8-liter V-6 engine.

Joyce said that equipment and packaging for the 2015 Genesis Coupe will be reconfigured to offset the loss of less-costly expensive models powered by the 2-liter turbo-four. The price difference between the current 2-liter turbo model (entry-level: $27,245, including shipping) is $3,000 compared to the V-6 Genesis Coupes ($30,245).

He said that Hyundai will be repackaging equipment to cater to every buyer of the Genesis Coupe -- from an entry-level buyer to a fully-loaded customer. Models powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder engine resemble like lightweight import sports car while those run by the V-6 takes after traditional American pony cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Hyundai plans to further buff the coupe’s pony car attributes, just like what it did with the 2015 Genesis sedan. The move would also shift the Genesis Coupe more upscale, in line with Hyundai’s aim of remarketing the unit as a more premium sport coupe.

Joyce acknowledged that doing away with 2-liter turbo-four would cost the carmaker some sales in the United States as it accounts for around half of the vehicle’s current sales. The combined sales of the Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe in the US dropped 30 percent to 7,500 units in the first four months of 2014.

On the front, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is fitted with a MacPherson strut dual-link suspension while the rear has the five-link suspension configuration. For the front, the suspension has been mounted using a solid subframe to the body. Compared to a multi-piece component, this is not only lighter but even stronger. In addition, fitted to the model are stabilizers having a diameter of 23 mm on the front and the rear having 19-mm diameter.

The result is that it tunes the model’s at-the-limit handling to allow for maximum predictability and even lowers the body roll. It goes without saying that any well-tuned chassis of a sport coupe should never be seen as being overwhelmed by its own powertrain. The new Genesis Coupe continues to follow this particular rule. Complementing the new powertrains are the recalibrated bushing, damper, and spring ratings.

It gives better road feel, enhanced ride comfort, and body motion control that show more precision. On the front fascia, the openings have been made larger to ensure better engine breathing while also giving the vehicle a more aggressive appearance. For the rear section, the performance message is completer through the dual asymmetrical exhaust tips. This exhaust tips have been integrated with the blackout diffuser treatment.

Helping highlight the exterior profile is the combination of the tapering greenhouse and arching roofline. It also highlights the wide stance and broad shoulders of the Genesis Coupe. Further the depth between the greenhouse and fenders have been maximized and thus rounding off the aggressive sports car appearance.

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