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Introducing 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe
On March 20th, the Genesis Coupe officially debuted at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, is the production version of the Concept Genesis Coupe. It is Hyundai's newest RWD (rear-wheel-drive) car. This coupe is scheduled to hit dealerships early 2009. It was designed in Hyundai's California based design studio in Orange County, California. The Coupe initially debuted in concept form at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show after much anticipation from the tuner crowd and Hyundai faithful.
This coupe should not be confused with the new Hyundai Genesis Sedan unveiled in the 2007 New York International Auto Show, although the two cars will share the same basic platform. The 2 + 2 coupe will be Hyundai's 2nd recent rear-drive vehicle released, and Hyundai's first 300+ horse power sports car.
Photo : 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe being unveiled at 2008 New York International Auto (Motor) Show
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2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Coupe Specifications(specs) & Features
- Debut(unveiled) at: 2008 New York International Auto Show on 20 March 2008
- Available(launch) by: Spring of 2009 as a 2010 model
- Configuration: Front engine and rear wheel drive (RWD) sports car
- Engine 1: All-aluminum DOHC 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder with continuously variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust produce 212-hp horsepower (223-hp on premium fuel) and 217 pound-feet of torque with curb weight of 3,439-lb
- Engine 2: All-aluminum DOHC 3.8L V6 with variable valve timing on the intake side produce 306-hp horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 RPM with curb weight of 3,518-lb
- Transmission: six-speed manual (for both models), five-speed auto for the 4-cylinder model and a ZF six-speed slushbox for the V6
- Suspension: MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension
- Steering: Rack and Pinion, Hydraulically-Assisted
- Acceleration: 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds for V6
- Top Speed: Can go upto 149 mph
- Tires: 18- or 19-inch wheels
- Seats: 2+2 sport bucket seats
- Rivals: Mazda RX-8, Infiniti G37, Ford Mustang GT, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Chevy Camaro
- Est. Price: base model turbo-I4 estimate price is $19,900 and its V6 model starting at $25,900
- Key Features: HID Xenon headlamps with auto-levelling, Smart key with push-button start, large speedo and tachometer front and center, multi-function steering wheel, an information display atop the dashboard, an Infinity audio system with iPod connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth will be standard. .
- Three Trim Level Options: The Genesis Coupe is offered in three trim levels: the stylish and affordable GS, the premium-sport GT featuring the 3.8-liter V6, and the high-performance SE, available with either the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the 3.8-liter V6 engine.
Test Drive Video : 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe is being test driven on desert roads and its interiors & exteriors are being explored.
John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America said:
"We think our entry-level Genesis Coupe 2.0t, with its unique combination of rear-wheel drive and four-cylinder turbo power, offers an intriguing alternative to existing front-wheel drive sport coupes"
"The 3.8-liter version of Genesis Coupe takes driving to an even higher level, rivaling the capability of premium-performance coupes like the Infiniti G37."
Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif said:
"The mission for Genesis Coupe was to create a pure performance car with a design that would capture the imagination of hardcore automotive enthusiasts"
"With its aggressive look from just about any angle, I think we have been able to do that."
Photo : 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe
New York 2008: Hyundai Genesis Coupe debuts!
On the one hand, Hyundai is offering enthusiasts the only rear-wheel-drive coupe on the market powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder (not all of us want our hair ruffled in RWD four-cylinder convertibles like the Mazda MX-5, GM's Kappa convertibles and the Honda S2000). While on the other, it's also debuting a RWD coupe powered by a 306-horsepower 3.8L V6 (310 hp when drinking premium) that should undercut all similarly powered competition by thousands of dollars. The Genesis Coupe is a win-win car no matter which engine you choose.
Photo : Front-Side View of 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe specs
The front seatbelts have pretensioners and force limiters, and the rear seats feature LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), which make affixing child safety seats easier.
GENESIS COUPE GS (Preliminary packaging subject to change)
Key Standard Equipment:
2.0-liter turbocharged, intercooled four-cylinder engine
Electronic Stability Control
Traction Control System
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Front, side, side air curtain air bags
Active front head restraints
Power windows, door locks, and mirrors
AM/FM/XM/CD Player/USB/iPod connectivity
Steering wheel audio controls
Vanity mirror illumination
GENESIS COUPE GT (Preliminary packaging subject to change)
GS equipment Plus:
3.8-liter DOHC V6
Leather steering wheel / Shift knob
Metalgrain /chrome interior accents
Automatic temperature control
Premium door sill plates
Chrome front fascia accents
Auto light control
GENESIS COUPE SE (Preliminary packaging subject to change)
Unique SE equipment:
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 3.8-liter DOHC V6
19-inch alloy wheels
High performance Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires
Brembo braking system with monobloc four-piston calipers
SE track-tuned suspension / front strut brace
Black leather bolsters / red cloth insert seats
Aero wiper blades
Photo : Rear View of 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Premiers at NYIAS
Hyundai premiered its highly anticipated Genesis Coupe at today's New York International Auto Show by having two stunt drivers perform burnouts and controlled skids in front of gathered journalists.
On the safety front, six airbags and ESP will be standard. Enthusiasts - the target market for the Genesis Coupe - will no doubt be pleased to learn that the ESP will be entirely defeatable. The Genesis Coupe is one of seven vehicles Hyundai plans to introduce over the next 24 months.
“Genesis Coupe is the most thrilling, most emotional Hyundai yet,” said John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America when the concept was first shown. “When it hits the market in early 2009, we aim to deliver a driving experience that challenges cars like Infiniti G37, at prices more like Mitsubishi Eclipse.”
Interior Photo : Inside View of 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe
Official Press Release
ALL-NEW HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE: A NEW BENCHMARK FOR AFFORDABLE 300-HORSEPOWER SPORTS COUPES
NEW YORK, March 19, 2008 – Hyundai unveiled Genesis Coupe, a new benchmark for affordable 300-horsepower sports coupes, during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show today. The 2010 Genesis Coupe is a purpose-built rear-wheel drive sports coupe featuring two performance-focused engines – a 212-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a range-topping all-aluminum 306-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6 engine. Genesis Coupe is scheduled to join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2009.
Following the introduction earlier this year of the rear-wheel drive Genesis sports sedan, Genesis Coupe is Hyundai's most dynamic performance car ever and the second consecutive all-new model introduction from Hyundai appealing directly to the car enthusiast. Genesis Coupe uses the same flexible rear-wheel drive architecture that was originally developed for the Genesis sports sedan.
Genesis Coupe employs a MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension setup. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Genesis Coupe 2.0t (2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo) offers an optional five-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC® while the 3.8-liter V6 offers a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC to handle the additional torque.
"We think our entry-level Genesis Coupe 2.0t, with its unique combination of rear-wheel drive and four-cylinder turbo power, offers an intriguing alternative to existing front-wheel drive sports coupes," said John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The 3.8-liter version of Genesis Coupe takes things to an even higher level, rivaling the capability of premium-performance coupes like Infiniti G37."
Genesis Coupe was shown as a concept at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show and its transformation from concept to production reveals that its signature design features have emerged intact. Genesis Coupe is also unmistakably linked to several Hyundai concept cars. The powerful curves, surface detail, and "Z" bodyside lines come straight from the HCD9 Talus and the HCD8 sports coupe. Genesis Coupe's arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car's broad shoulders and wide stance. Genesis Coupe rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels or optional 19-inch wheels, both delivering a bold stance and aggressive handling.
In keeping with its mission to be the most exciting, affordable sports coupe on the road, the Genesis Coupe boasts a cockpit designed to enhance the driving experience. An information display screen, features an outside temperature reading, audio system information and HVAC settings. Analog gauges include a large speedometer and tachometer positioned so the driver can immediately access critical driving information. The instrument cluster features Hyundai's signature blue gauge illumination.
Music lovers will welcome the inclusion of standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods®. Among the other refinements are an Infinity audio system, sport bucket seats and two-stage front seat warmers. Genesis Coupe also offers the convenience of a proximity key and push button starter.
The 2010 Genesis Coupe includes a wide range of both active and passive safety features. Standard safety equipment includes driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags, side air curtains, active front head restraints, four-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), one of the industry's most effective life-saving technologies.
GENESIS COUPE SPECIFICATIONS
Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 2820 mm / 111.0 inches
Overall length: 4630 mm / 182.3 inches
Overall width: 1865 mm / 73.4 inches
Overall height: 1380 mm / 54.3 inches
Wheels: 18-inch or 19-inch five-spoke
Engine types: 3.8-liter V6 or 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo
Est. horsepower V6: 306 @ 6,000 rpm (regular fuel)
Est. horsepower V6: 310 @ 6,000 rpm (premium fuel)
Est. torque V6: 263 lb. ft. @ 4,700 rpm (regular and premium fuel)
Est. horsepower 2.0t: 212 @ 6,000 rpm (regular fuel)
Est. horsepower 2.0t: 223 @ 6,000 rpm (premium fuel)
Est. torque 2.0t: 217 lb. ft. @ 2,500 rpm (regular and premium fuel)
Block & head materials: aluminum for both engines
Valvetrain: DOHC for both engines
Valve timing: continuously variable valve timing for both engines (Dual for 2.0t)
Estimated 0-60 mph V6: under 6 seconds
Transmission types: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic (4-cylinder) or 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic (V6)
Front brakes: 12.6-inch (standard) 13.4-inch (Brembo package)
Rear brakes: 12.4-inch (standard) 13.0-inch (Brembo package)
Front calipers: single piston floating (standard), monobloc four-piston (Brembo package)
Rear calipers: single piston floating (standard) monobloc four-piston (Brembo package)
Limited slip differential (Optional)
Est. top speed: 149 mph (V6), 137 mph (2.0t)
Base curb weight: 3549 lbs. (V6); 3439 lbs. (4-cylinder)
Photo : 2010 Hyundai Genesis RWD Sports Coupe at 2008 New York International Auto (Motor) Show