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Under six seconds for Genesis Coupe
Zero to 100km/h time puts rivals on notice

Canadian Auto Press

Is there a segment of the market that Hyundai isn't targeting? Whether through its namesake brand or via its subsidiary Kia, every category from subcompact hatchbacks to V8-powered luxury sedans and full-size 4x4-capable SUVs has a competitive model vying for its piece of the action.

The first vehicle to truly stun auto industry pundits was the full-size Veracruz crossover, and that only came after a Santa Fe that did its fair share of jaw dropping. Comments such as Lexus-like appointments were followed up with BMW-like handling and breathtaking acceleration when the Genesis sedan arrived, overshadowing its own full-size front-drive Azera and near best-in-class Sonata. Now the Korean segment shaker is taking on BMW's sacrosanct 3-Series Coupe with its new Genesis Coupe, making some pretty bold claims that it will have to live up to as soon as the first test drives take place.

By targeting BMW's 3, Hyundai knows that all other comers will be pushed to the side, the German car revered above all direct competitors, other than possibly the Infiniti G37 Coupe for handling prowess. Therefore other rear-drive sport coupes like Ford's Mustang, Dodge's new Challenger and Chevy's upcoming Camaro, at least in V6 trim, will be automatically disqualified. Right off the mark its 310-horsepower 3.8-litre V6 and 3,402 pound curb weight give it a better power to weight ratio than the top-line 335i, Infiniti's G37, the Camaro LS and the Challenger.

The numbers speak for themselves, with a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 5.9 seconds and highway fuel consumption in the 9.4 L/100 km range (25 mpg US), and that's using the US EPA system that is much more realistic than our dated EnerGuide "drive it on a flat road at 80 clicks" method.

"One of the program targets for the Genesis engineering team was world-class weight efficiency," commented John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "When you look at the size and content of both Genesis models, you'll find we lead all our competitors in weight efficiency. We also target leadership in power-to-weight ratio. We think that's just smart strategy in today's world. It pays huge dividends in both performance and fuel economy, and that's especially important in the segments in which these cars compete."

The Genesis Coupe fuel miser is its entry-level 1,498-kilo (3,303-pound) 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder with dual continuously variable valve timing, good for an estimated 220-horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm, while using premium fuel (regular fuel is good for 210-hp). It comes mated to a standard six-speed manual, with a five-speed automatic featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters as optional equipment. The car's top speed is targeted at 220 km/h (137 mph), while highway fuel consumption is estimated to ring in at 7.8 L/100 km (30 mpg US). But a turbocharged four-cylinder wouldn't offer the kind of refinement you'd want, right? Maybe it will.

"While some turbochargers sacrifice smooth drivability with high operating boost pressures in the 20 psi range, Genesis Coupe uses a refined, low-boost calibration for smoothness and efficiency," said Derek Joyce, Genesis Coupe product manager. "We could have opted solely for big performance numbers, but our focus for the 2.0T was a more balanced package."

While all of the aforementioned is impressive, you might want to sit down about now. Like the Genesis Sedan, the new rear-drive Coupe uses a lot of ultra-high-strength steel, resulting in world-class body rigidity. The Genesis sedan already enjoys 10- to 12-per cent greater torsional rigidity than its Lexus and Mercedes-Benz competitors, while being lighter than either benchmark four-door and delivering more interior room. At a mere 1,498 kilograms (3,303 pounds) the Genesis Coupe 2.0T is hundreds of pounds lighter than all of its independent rear suspension-equipped rear-wheel drive rivals, with (take a deep breath) body-bending rigidity that's twenty-four percent higher than a BMW E46 M3! OK, them's fightin' words, Hyundai.

To make matters worse, Hyundai will offer a track model of the four-cylinder and six-cylinder coupe, models that will no doubt be snapped up by drifters and autocross specialists alike. An even edgier R-Spec model will be four-cylinder only, and get stripped of many creature comforts luxury coupe buyers expect in their rides; the latter category will be happier with the Grand Touring model.

The Grand Touring will be surprisingly well stuffed with luxury accoutrements if fully loaded, such as proximity sensing keyless entry and push button start, heated brown leather clad front seats (black leather comes standard in the regular 3.8 model, power actuated for the driver with lumbar support, a navigation system that will soon include a Microsoft co-developed Sync-like Bluetooth interactivity interface, heated power remote mirrors, back-up sensors, a power glass sunroof, and a 360-watt audio system with 10-speakers and a sub. Visibility will be enhanced with HID headlights too, very premium spec equipment.

Back to the Track and R-Spec models, gone are the chrome accents on the front grille, replaced with body-colour, while 19-inch gunmetal finish alloy rims will come framed in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubber at 225/40 in the front and 245/40 at the rear. Clearly visible through the spokes will be 13.4-inch front rotors clamped down on by four-piston Brembo calipers, while 13.0-inch discs will get the pinch from four-piston calipers in back. At that end a torsen-type limited slip differential gets added, while stiffer coil springs and beefier shocks are joined by a 25 mm front sway bar and a 22 mm one in the rear. A rear spoiler and fog lamps will be added too. Altogether it should be a particularly formidable foe for weekend warriors, although probably a bit nasty for day to day driving.

The standard Euroflange alloy wheels are sizeable too, at 18 inches, while the standard brakes get single floating calipers squeezing 12.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors. All Genesis Coupes feature a MacPherson dual-link front and five-link rear suspension setup, plus 24 mm front and 19 mm rear sway bars complemented by a beefy strut brace spanning the engine compartment. Steering is rack and pinion with 2.7 turns lock to lock, and Electronic Stability Control with ABS, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, plus a Tire Pressure Monitoring System also comes at no charge. Also part of the base package is front, side and side-curtain airbags, as well as active front head restraints.

Other standard features include power windows with one-touch up/down control, keyless entry, steering wheel controls accessing an AM/FM/XM/CD 6-speaker audio system boasting a hub with USB, iPod and an auxiliary jack connections, Bluetooth, cruise control, and projector beam headlights. A Premium model will be available with the aforementioned navigation system, glass sunroof, proximity sensing keyless entry and push-button start, Homelink, and the 360-watt audio system.

As an overview, the model lineup starts with the base 2.0T model, then moves up to the 2.0T Premium, 2.0 Track, 2.0T R-Spec (late availability), 3.8, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track. Nine exterior colours named after famed racetracks (or portions thereof) should make sure you get some exclusivity off the shelf, and include Karussell White, Bathurst Black, Silverstone, Nordschleife Gray, Acqua Minerale Blue, Tsukuba Red, Mirabeau Blue, Lime Rock Green, Interlagos Yellow

Should BMW be worried? Certainly 335i owners might want to work on their "I could take him if I wanted to" shrug as the Genesis Coupe flashes past, but the German brand isn't about to lose many Bimmer loyalists, at least not right away. Street cred takes time to build and prestige much longer, but those who'd like to own a BMW but don't have the necessary funds will buy the Genesis Coupe, and they'll take pride in knowing that their ride has the stuff to lay waste to many in the premium sector.
 

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That's one motivational article. R-spec sounds perfect. I wonder what they can get the weight down to.



 

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id assume they would take out the bigger spare, power seats and other luxary items and shave a couple hundred pounds at the most. I wouldn't expect any light weight body material like the evo rs had (aluminum roof etc). The one interview with the manager for the coupe said the r-spec would be cheaper then the track model so im assuming the weight savings would just be in removing the creature comforts while also lowering price because of the lack of expensive techno goodies there of.
 

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To be honest, they could dump ALL the electrical gadgets except airbags, windows, & locks, even drop the stereo. Then install carbon fiber panels all over, charge $30,000 for the 4cyl R-spec & I would be ecstatic.



 

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That's one motivational article. R-spec sounds perfect. I wonder what they can get the weight down to.
To be honest, they could dump ALL the electrical gadgets except airbags, windows, & locks, even drop the stereo. Then install carbon fiber panels all over, charge $30,000 for the 4cyl R-spec & I would be ecstatic.
Hehe well I like some creature comforts. ;) So we know the base coupe will be at 3300lbs, and according to Derek Joyce the R-spec will be lower. What is interesting is I talked to a carbon fiber manufacture at SEMA. Guess who stopped by their booth and talked to them about making Genesis Coupe parts? Hyundai. ;)



 

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Hehe well I like some creature comforts. ;) So we know the base coupe will be at 3300lbs, and according to Derek Joyce the R-spec will be lower. What is interesting is I talked to a carbon fiber manufacture at SEMA. Guess who stopped by their booth and talked to them about making Genesis Coupe parts? Hyundai. ;)
Not exactly Hyundai...but Hyundai's interior package designer. It is unclear at this time whether or not they are the official supplier for the genesis coupe (yet?) What is clear is they are interested with very definite plans of at least 20% of all Genesis coupe will come equipped with carbon fiber finish (at least that's the plan).

In any case (pay more attention to this), either we (IGT Automotive LLC) become the supplier for the company in question and consequently enabling Hyundai to provide you with pretty looking carbon panels as OE equipment, OR we take the matter to our own hands and make the panels in carbon anyway. It's a win-win for you.

The difference is, it will only be win-win for Hyundai if they hire us, take my word on that. :D
 

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Not exactly Hyundai...but Hyundai's interior package designer. It is unclear at this time whether or not they are the official supplier for the genesis coupe (yet?) What is clear is they are interested with very definite plans of at least 20% of all Genesis coupe will come equipped with carbon fiber finish (at least that's the plan).

In any case (pay more attention to this), either we (IGT Automotive LLC) become the supplier for the company in question and consequently enabling Hyundai to provide you with pretty looking carbon panels as OE equipment, OR we take the matter to our own hands and make the panels in carbon anyway. It's a win-win for you.

The difference is, it will only be win-win for Hyundai if they hire us, take my word on that. :D
That's great news IGT! I apologize if I misquoted you but it seems for those who are looking for some quality carbon fiber parts will not have to go far.:)And welcome to the forums, I take it you got my email. :)
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I said OE Equipment...redundant...excuse me for that...

In any case, thanks for the invite Henry, you definitely do not need to go far for the carbon panels, it can be available as early as the release of the stock parts.
 

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I said OE Equipment...redundant...excuse me for that...

In any case, thanks for the invite Henry, you definitely do not need to go far for the carbon panels, it can be available as early as the release of the stock parts.
Welcome to the forum IGTAUTO, been waiting for someone like you to grace us with your presence. Do you guys focus mainly on CF production? I'm for weight reduction as much as increased power. I know there is different types of CF processes & some build a stronger product than others. Just wondering what process you use? Also, will you guys be offering a deal on a full CF kit (hood, fenders, deck lid, spoiler, bumpers, rockers, splitter, diffuser, grille, etc) in one package? I kinda want to do all my CF replacements & painting at one time.



 

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We make primarily carbon fiber for dashes and interior pieces. Using vacuum, autoclav and dedication to weave quality, we have a very high gloss finish that is second to none in the carbon market. This was the application we were contacted for by Hyundai contractors.

For high strength applications we are capable of developing the hoods trunks fenders and such, but such applications require high demand, without knowing the market demand this coming year for the genesis coupe, we can't predict if we will be releasing the dry carbon line of products just yet.
 

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We make primarily carbon fiber for dashes and interior pieces. Using vacuum, autoclav and dedication to weave quality, we have a very high gloss finish that is second to none in the carbon market. This was the application we were contacted for by Hyundai contractors.

For high strength applications we are capable of developing the hoods trunks fenders and such, but such applications require high demand, without knowing the market demand this coming year for the genesis coupe, we can't predict if we will be releasing the dry carbon line of products just yet.
Sounds pretty cool! Let us know if we can help out in any way. I saw your sample products at SEMA and they were very nice and as far as I know you are the only one in the States that is even looking at doing anything for the Genesis.



 

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We aren't afraid to dive into different markets. It is the market itself that is quite shaky at this point. We will do what we can for the Genesis coupe, certainly quite a few exciting things not limited to the carbon is on the drawing board. May the future bring good fortune for all of us.
 
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