By James Bergeron

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Day 1:

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
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What’s has 306hp and 266lb-ft of torque and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission? Hint, it is not American or Japanese; it is Korean. That’s right — this week I am driving the all-new for 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe — a.k.a. the Mustang killer? I don’t know about that; I really like the Mustang but this is a very compelling package and I am sure a week of fun driving is ahead.

The Genesis Coupe is the first rear-wheel drive coupe by Hyundai. Some say it is the replacement for the Tiburon that was Hyundai’s previous sporty coupe. Hyundai says they are working on a Tiburon replacement 2011, so the Genesis is not taking its place, but currently for 2010 if you want a sporty coupe from Hyundai, look no further.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
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And honestly, you shouldn’t need to look further, as the bargain quotient here is phenomenal, especially in base model trim. Starting at only $24,495 for the 2.0T version of the Genesis, you get a lot of vehicle, while the model I am testing is decked out with all the features available as a 3.8GT model.

More surprising than the extras, though, are the standard features: a Torsen-type limited slip differential, 360-watt 10-speaker Infinity sound system, black leather heated seats, automatic temperature control, proximity key with push button start and HID headlights.

Optional equipment on my tester includes: Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers, 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with high performance Bridgestone tires, front strut tower brace and GT-tuned suspension and a 6.5-inch touch screen navigation system. The GT pretty much has everything you would want in a vehicle like this — and yes, it even has Bluetooth.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $36,495

For more information on Hyundai and the Genesis Coupe visit Hyundai Canada

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