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Hyundai Genesis Coupe Starts at $22,000
Posted: Feb. 12, 2009 10:02 a.m.

Hyundai makes our jobs harder. To provide car shoppers with some perspective on the huge number of choices they face, you see, we rank them against each other. To do that, we have to place them into categories, allowing us to compare them to cars that share similar price, size and character.

But Hyundai is intent on making that impossible.

First, they give us the Genesis sedan. It's the size of a large car, priced like an upscale midsized car, and offers a few luxury graces usually found only on the largest, most expensive luxury cars. After some internal debate, we ultimately ranked it against upscale midsize cars like the Lexus ES350, reasoning that shoppers considering the cars in that class might be pleased with what the category-smashing Hyundai had to offer for a similar investment.

Now, they bring us the Genesis Coupe, and its surprising price. And we're debating again.

After all, Kicking Tires says, "This year will see the debut of the 2010 Genesis coupe, which is significantly different from the sedan. Starting at $22,000, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder version tops out at $26,750 with the Track Package. The coupe is also available with a 3.8-liter V-6, starting at $25,000 with the basic six-speed manual transmission. If you really want to get your kicks in, though, you can upgrade to the Track model, which has a ZF six-speed automatic Shiftronic transmission, for a cool $31,000."

So the Genesis Coupe is significantly less expensive than the sedan, and although leather and luxury electronics are available, the basic car ships with cloth upholstery and lacks some of the equipment that puts its sedan sibling in the upscale class.

More to the point, is this a sporty coupe or a sports car? After all, this is rear-wheel-drive, not front-wheel-drive like the similarly-priced Altima or Accord coupe.

Jalopnik explains, "We're talking bona fide bargain here. The last time horsepower was this cheap was back in the days of the LS1-powered Chevy Camaro."

Motor Trend asks readers what they would do with about $27,000. "For that money, you could climb into the cockpit of a new Hyundai Genesis Coupe. For $26,600 and change, you'd need to decide between a "premium" level four-cylinder model or a base six-cylinder car. If you're more interested in a Mustang, the choice is between the six- and eight-cylinder models -- after incentives on a 2009 model, the V-8 Mustang drops within range. Then, of course, there's the Dodge Challenger. A Challenger R/T is out of reach, but a nicely equipped SE V-6 is a possibility."

Great. So they're comparing it to muscle cars? We're probably not going to follow their lead on that one - the Hyundai's sharp, but it doesn't have the heritage. Or the square shoulders.

If this is a sports car, however, where's the high-performance version with upgraded brakes, summer-slick tires and all the excess weight stripped out? It's at the Chicago Auto Show right now, according to Autoblog. Called the R-Spec model, it "will be available through dealers and will give performance junkies more in some areas and less in others." The R-Spec features "a 210-hp turbo'd inline-four that returns 30 mpg and a top speed of 137 mph. Available only with the six-speed manual, it comes with stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, 19-inch wheels, Brembos, a Torsen limited-slip differential, a beefier suspension and summer-only Potenzas. To reduce cost and weight, the R-Spec doesn't include Bluetooth, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents and steering wheel audio controls." The high-performance Genesis coupe "will be available mid-2010 with a base price of $23,750, or $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model. That should allow a lot of extra cash for some tuner bits. Besides the performance tweaks, the R-Spec will only be available in three colors: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red. Good names, good colors, good kit and a good price. We're sold."

So what exactly is this car? We welcome your suggestions in the comments below. For now, we'll just say that in a recession, a car with a high horsepower-for-dollar ratio like the Genesis Coupe could be a great find for people who love to drive...but we don't know where to rank it yet.



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Great write up!! My opinion is Hyundai strives to be a "segment buster" with these and all the new models/revamps to come. Hyundai is not playing follow the leader and they will continue to see their market share grow because of this.
 

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i'm just gonna classify the R-Spec as ..... mine!
No it's mine GD it. Ok, ok we'll share...:jester:

i'd post something witty, but i really cant think of one.
what IS genesis coupe??
i would call it u.f.c. (unidentified foreign car.) :D
Please don't use that acronym, some idiot might take it as ugly fucking car, which IMO it definately is not. If you want to say something witty & can't think of anything, just pm Jrod. He sits at home at night just trying to think of cool shit to say on here the following day...LoL:rofl:



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