Engine: 2.0-liter Twin-Scroll Turbocharged 16-valve I-4
Transmission: 6-speed close ratio manual
Power: 274 hp / 275 lb-ft of torque
Rear-wheel drive cars are what really get my blood flowing. With power at the rear, going sideways always feels like an easy and controllable feat. For this very reason, Korean automaker Hyundai found it necessary to create a sporty and fun to drive rear wheel drive car: the Hyundai Genesis. When it was released in 2010, it was met with praise, but it seemed as though the car was lacking in the power department. Thankfully, Hyundai took notice and has implemented many improvements in the 2013 Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec.
On the outside, the new Genesis Coupe looks aggressive and sporty, as it should. A sharp front end features a hood complete with air vents, and a front fascia worth noting. In the rear is an expected appearance with modern-looking tail lights and a dual exhaust system. Attaching the Coupe to the ground are 19-inch alloy wheels, which compliment the exterior styling.
When I was taking mental notes while walking around the Genesis Coupe, I was only hoping that the interior was just as sporty. Unfortunately, the interior is a bit of a letdown. While it is attractive when looking in from the outside, once inside the car, you start to notice a couple flaws. The most noticeable downside to this car’s interior was the amount of plastic that was used. It seems as though Hyundai skimped a bit when it came to the materials that were to be used throughout the interior, but the does not mean it is an entirely flawed cabin. Even though the materials may be unwanted in some areas, it is still fantastic looking. The bolstered seats are covered in a sort of mesh fabric that was interesting and appealing to say the least. The gauge cluster is simple, with both the speedometer and tachometer being illuminated by an eye-catching blue light.
Once the key is turned, that’s when the true test starts. Powering the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec is a 2.0-liter twin scroll turbocharged engine, good for 274 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the engine is a 6-speed close ratio manual transmission, a must for a sporty vehicle like this. Shifting is a bit difficult at times, and it must be done with patience and precision. Also, if you plan on doing a bit of drifting in the car, make sure to turn off the traction and stability control, because when it’s on, it works overtime to not let you slide.
Hyundai has definitely created a fun car with the Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec. It has plenty of power going to the wheels, and has an aggressive appearance to match. While it may have some downfalls here and there, they are not enough to keep me from saying I had a blast in this car.