Here's What Hyundai Should Have Given The Genesis Coupe But Didn't

Review

It's too late now.

Looking for a relatively affordable, rear-wheel-drive performance coupe that’s not a muscle car, like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro? There are a few and one of them is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. In case you haven’t heard, the Genesis Coupe is about to be discontinued. Word has it that Hyundai is working on a successor, but it likely won’t be a part of its new Genesis brand. It’ll remain a Hyundai.

As far as the outgoing Genesis Coupe goes, it has many things we like, such as its naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 with 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The old turbo four banger has been dropped entirely. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual and an eight-speed slushbox is optional (stick with the cheaper manual).

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So yeah, on paper, the Genesis Coupe delivers. Styling inside and out is also quite nice, though the interior is clearly showing its age. However, we never understood why Hyundai never offered the Genesis Coupe with the same V8 made available for its sedan counterpart. That would’ve put it in contention with, for example, the Mustang GT. But it was never meant to be. Special thanks to Nicholas Parks Hyundai for letting us film the car.

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