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Old 07-23-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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ED IL: Tuners invited to inspect 2010 Genesis Coupe

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Hyundai Invites Aftermarket Tuners To Measure 2010 Genesis Coupe

Date posted: 07-23-2008


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — Hyundai took a major step toward reinventing itself as a legitimate performance-car manufacturer by inviting 20 aftermarket companies to measure the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe today at its North American headquarters in Fountain Valley, California.

Hyundai Motor America officials called this the official SEMA measuring session for the company's rear-drive coupe, which is based on the shortened version of the 2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan platform.

"Normally, we've done this closer to the start of production," Wayne Killen, director of strategic product planning for Hyundai Motor America, told us. "But we really wanted the aftermarket companies to get a start on it."

The aftermarket companies ran the gamut, ranging from Wet Okole Hawaii, which makes waterproof seat covers, to Garrett-Honeywell and HKS.

You'll recall from the 2008 New York Auto Show that Hyundai will be offering both a 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and a 223-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder in the 2010 Genesis Coupe. Not surprisingly, the 2.0-liter turbo got most of the attention from the tuners, and since the engine itself is a direct relation of the 2.0-liter in the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evolution X, most weren't seeing it for the first time.

"I'm more excited about this than I am about that one," said John Espino of Gale Banks Engineering, while standing next to the turbo coupe. "If you look under the hood, there's more room to do stuff." However, he noted that his company is working on a supercharger for the V6 Genesis coupe, in addition to planned upgrades for the turbocharger and intercooler on the four-cylinder model.

"There's an engine mount underneath the turbocharger so that kind of limits how big you can go," Garrett's Brian Regnier told us. "But there's always a way around that." He said the main contingency for Garrett in developing turbo upgrades for the Genesis coupe is public reaction to Hyundai's first rear-wheel-drive coupe. "We'll wait to see what the reception for this vehicle is at track days," he noted.

Hyundai officials also confirmed today that the company will offer Track versions of both the four-cylinder turbo and the V6 coupe. "They'll be a low percentage of the mix," Joyce admitted, "but they will be uncompromised in their performance."

In addition to retuned suspension compared to the standard versions of the coupe, the Genesis Track models will pick up a front strut tower brace and a full set of Brembo brakes, including four-piston monobloc calipers up front.

Regardless of the engine underhood, Track models will come with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires, sized 225/40R19 up front and 245/40R19 in back. Non-Track Genesis coupes get 225/45R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE092As in front and 245/45s in back.

Hyundai also revealed some basic stats on the likely customer base today. The four-cylinder turbo coupe is predicted to draw an even mix of men and women, while the company anticipates an older, more affluent and 70 percent male crowd to embrace the V6 coupe. The highest-volume exterior color is expected to be Gray Titanium at 18 percent.

Known internally as "BK," the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will go into production in December 2008 at Hyundai's Alsan, Korea, plant. Look for the cars to arrive at dealerships in early February 2009.

What this means to you:
Hyundai hopes the 2010 Genesis Coupe will pick up where the Nissan 240SX left off, and is doing everything it can to ensure full aftermarket support when the coupe goes on sale. — Erin Riches, Senior Editor
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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It doesn't look too bad. I wonder how much it will weigh? lol, touchy subject.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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hmmm...this has me thinking.....
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:26 PM   #4
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hmmm...this has me thinking.....
about???.........
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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this:
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:20 PM   #6
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Genesis coupe aftermarket love

Take a look...

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/24/t...es-details-on/

You know, some folks might not like this car but it's hard to argue against a good looking (not Camaro good looking for sure) rwd 3545 pound 3.8L V6 306-310HP coupe that is going to be sold for about 24K and will have all safety options and other tech options on top of that.

Also...that they even care about the aftermarket shows about about them.

NOTE: For some stupid reason, autoblog calls the bigger engine for "hair dressers"???? I don't know what the heck they are talking about with that.
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:30 PM   #7
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Merged.

I thought the V6 version was going to hit closer to 26,000?
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The Genesis coupe is really something. In fact its pretty high on my list of alternative choices to the Camaro (are you listening GM? Keep the price down).

I'm excited about Gale Banks Engineering's involvement. Gale Banks is a friend of my Father-in-Law and he gave me a tour of his factory. Its quite the quality operation.
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^I 2nd that, this is by far the best competition to the Camaro right now for me too. According to the spec's...

3545 pounds
RWD
3.8L V6 306-310HP (depending on fuel type)
6spd stick (LISTENING GM, some of us like to use STICK......get your minds out of the gutter people! LOL)

It's pretty good looking and I know the aftermarket will make it even better looking. Also, there is no longer any denying Hyundai's quality, standard options, and valued price.

Dragoneye, I'm not sure of the price yet honestly but I keep hearing 24K and less for the I-4 but I guess we shall see about all of that.

I've been trying to find a forum for it, you know to get an inside look, but I can't find a good one yet while I have not looked for too long.

This car is more of a competitor to the new Camaro V6 (the cash cow of Camaro's sales) than anything else out there. No, it's not as good looking as the Camaro but it's good looking enough, has the right performance DNA with it's engine, and if the 300 pounds heavier Genesis sadan with the same engine can get PER THE NEW EPA #'s 18/27 this thing might also be a gas sipper considering it's powerful engine.


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OH....and they are talking about a "light weight" version, oh mama...who do these guys think they are.

Hyundai me and you are seeing eye to eye!
(making two finger motion to Hyundai)

As stated, this is going to be a great car I bet.

Hairdresser, what in the H#(*#&$ is autoblog talking about?
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:03 AM   #11
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I saw the Genisis Coupe in person. Its a gorgeous car. Somehow it looks..............exotic. I looks like a G37 only with more radical curves (which makes it better looking). Despite all this, I would never consider this car as an alternitive. I cant help thinking that its still a Hyundai.
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^but why is that a bad thing?

Sure, back in the 80's they suked...then 90's not much better, but they are really kicking butt lately and even Toyota is scared of them.

My wife has a Sante Fe and I have no real complaints.

I can't wait for the specifics on this car.
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Here is a good chart, even power-to-weight ratios of its competion...enjoy.


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Old 07-25-2008, 03:08 PM   #14
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Wow, thanks for that bit of info!
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I think I'll definitely give this car a look once it hits the road. Sexy, value added packaging and a sick warranty make this car a seriously hot contender. Should be easy to mod too.
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Oh, FYI...EDMUNDS is on CRACK!!!! The RX8 get's 5.9 to 6.1 0-60 and runs the 1/4 mile in 14.5-14.7.

They need to learn to drive a rotary...unless that's an auto or something.
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I like it but prefer the G37x with the stick, camaro RS LT would do as well
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Scotsman...I agree, good looks, good value, rwd 300+ HP, 3500 pounds...this has winner written all over it.
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I like it but prefer the G37x with the stick, camaro RS LT would do as well
1. Camaro RS LT
2. Genesis Copue 3.6
3.???????

Any other cars I'm considering other than those two are in a compeltely different class.
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^lol....yeah, kinda sorta my list too
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1. Camaro RS LT
2. Genesis Coupe 3.6
3.???????

Any other cars I'm considering other than those two are in a compeltely different class.
1. Chrysler Crossfire
2. Solstice/Sky Coupe

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but why is that a bad thing?

Sure, back in the 80's they suked...then 90's not much better, but they are really kicking butt lately and even Toyota is scared of them.

My wife has a Sante Fe and I have no real complaints.

I can't wait for the specifics on this car.
Welcome to the Hyundai-Toyota wars, to counter this Toyota is most likely to build a Corolla coupe of some sort, was going to say Celica but they don't make them anymore

Anyway let the east battle it out for awhile, the west should just chill and watch, learn from the two and make a kick ass car that would Shi# on them, the Camaro LT with the stick is more of a worthy candidate though

BTW- what if Honda decide to cut in the battle with the S2000, they been kinda quiet too, hmm........
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^yeah, I don't know what Honda is doing but the 24-26K sports car market is where it's at....for us pooooo folks at least...lol.

This baby...looks like a great contender and the RS Camaro of course also, I just hate the idea of giving up on the V8.

Oh, and yeah I heard Toyota and Subi where working on something, so it's good for me I have time on my hands...lol.
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Am I the only one here that finds this Genesis ugly.. I like the 350Z a whole lot better in looks compared to this if I had to pick something similar...
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I LOVE the looks of the Genesis coupe.
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Am I the only one here that finds this Genesis ugly..
no . . . I don't like it either. Should be an interesting match for the V6 camaros though
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