2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT. Click image to enlarge

Test Drive: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T
Test Drive: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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Review and photos by Chris Chase

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe was introduced for 2010 as a follow-up to the Genesis sedan that debuted a year earlier. The coupe is based on the sedan’s rear-wheel-drive architecture, but really is a much different car, being a sporty performance car, where the sedan is a luxurious cruiser.

The Genesis Coupe hadn’t actually been through a full model cycle at the time this was written — the 2013 version got some styling tweaks and engine revisions to increase power output — but I think the differences are significant enough to warrant a preliminary look at how Hyundai’s first true sports car has held up through three years on the road.

Base Genesis Coupes are powered by 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engines that make 210 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque; the upgrade is a 3.8L V6 (shared with the Genesis sedan) that produces 306 hp and 266 lb-ft. A six-speed manual is the default with either engine; the 2.0L could be optioned to a five-speed automatic, and the V6 got a six-speed auto.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8GT. Click image to enlarge

In 2010, the base 2.0T came standard with 18-inch wheels, USB and auxiliary stereo inputs, Bluetooth, auto up/down windows, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, trip computer, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, active head restraints, and variable intermittent wipers.

A 2.0T Premium Package added a six-CD, 10-speaker stereo with subwoofer, heated leather seats, and a power sunroof.

The 2.0T GT got 19-inch wheels with high-performance summer tires, Brembo brakes with red calipers, limited slip differential, front strut tower brace, GT-calibrated suspension, aluminum pedals, bolstered seats with red cloth inserts and xenon headlights.

The standard 3.8L package includes everything found in the base 2.0T and includes the ten-speaker stereo, xenon headlights, trip computer and sunroof found in that car’s two option groups. It then added automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, garage door opener and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A navigation system was a standalone option here.

A 3.8GT package echoed the one offered in the 2.0T.

Revisions for 2011 were minor, limited to better quality interior materials. 2012 models were unchanged.

Natural Resources Canada fuel consumption ratings for the 2.0T model was 10.1/6.6 L/100 km (city/highway) for 2.0T manual transmission cars, and 10.4/6.6 with the automatic. V6 cars were rated 12.0/7.6 with the stick shift and 11.9/7.3 with the autobox.

Reliability through the Genesis Coupe’s first three years has been decent, with no apparent serious flaws. There are a number of common problems worth watching for; most are minor, but some of these can lead to more serious consequences.

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