It was just yesterday afternoon when Hyundai officially announced that they have upped the power outputs of both of their engines offered in the 2013 Genesis Coupe. It seems that the big bore 3.8-liter direct injection V6 will be tuned up to a very Camaro and Mustang competitive 350 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of just under 50hp which is going to be noticed by any driver when they mat the accelerator pedal. For the V6 model Hyundai has also upped the noise quota as the Genesis coupe is not fitted with new sound generator to better pipe in the sweet noises the 50 hp is making.
The Genesis Coupe that will continue to be classified as the entry level model is employing the same 2-liter direct injected inline-4 turbo however it has now been dialed up to output 271 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. That is an amazing increase of 65hp and places it in the league of the Mazdaspeed 3 and VW GTI R. More importantly it puts its self miles ahead of the new Toyota GT-86, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and just behind the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Evo X.
Both engines are assisted in maintaining their same fuel consumptions numbers through the use of Hyundai’s eight-speed automatic or the previously offered 6-speed manual.
Hyundai certainly has sweetened the pot with these performance orientated upgrades to the engine. There was no mention of any suspension or brake upgrades but we will see if the spec-R package offers an even more track focused ride.
We will have to see the car in person however before we can decide if we care for the latest styling update is to our liking. As we are no fan of the Velosters’ looks especially from the rear end which the bigger brother is borrowing a lot of its updated styling from, so we will address this aspect of the car at a later date.
Look out American Muscle Cars as the Koreans are coming and they have once again upped the ante to remain as a more than competitive player in the Muscle Car Market. You may not want to wake this sleeping bear as they may actually follow through on their threat of dumping their 5-liter V8 under the hood with all of its 430 hp.