2010 HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe unveiled

22 March, 2008

BY OUR AUTOMOBILE CORRESPONDENT

Hyundai unveiled its 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe on March 19, 2008 at the New York Auto Show. This is Hyundai's second attempt, after the Hyundai Genesis Luxury sedan, to shake off its fuddy-duddy image.

The 2010 Genesis Coupe is a purpose-built rear-wheel drive sports coupe with two performance-focused engines - a 212-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an all-aluminum 306-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe uses the same flexible rear-wheel drive architecture that was originally developed for the Genesis sports sedan.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear. The Genesis Coupe 2.0t (2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo) offers an optional five-speed automatic , while the 3.8-liter V6 offers a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic to handle the additional torque. The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has standard 18-inch alloy wheels or optional 19-inch wheels.

In terms of speed, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is expected to touch 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and go up to 149 mph. Hyundai has said the Genesis Coupe chassis has a 24 percent higher bending rigidity than the earlier BMW M3 coupe.

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 sports coupes. 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."

The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe that will be available in showrooms in the spring of 2009, made its first appearance as a concept car at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Its features are derived from several Hyundai concept cars, such as the HCD9 Talus and the HCD8 sports coupe.

The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers standard 3.5 mm auxiliary input to the audio system and a USB input to accommodate and charge audio devices such as MP3 players, and iPods. Other features include an Infinity audio system, sport bucket seats and two-stage front seat warmers, a proximity key, and push button starter.

The cockpit of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has an information display screen, outside temperature reading, audio system information and HVAC settings. Analog gauges include a large speedometer and tachometer positioned to allow easy access to critical driving information. The instrument cluster features Hyundai's signature blue gauge illumination.

Safety features of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe include driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, 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.

2010 Genesis Coupe Specs

  • Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Wheelbase: 2820 mm / 111.0 inches
  • Length: 4630 mm / 182.3 inches
  • Width: 1865 mm / 73.4 inches
  • 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
  • Estimated top speed: 149 mph (V6), 137 mph (2.0t)
  • Estimated horsepower V6: 306 @ 6,000 rpm (regular fuel)
  • Estimated horsepower 2.0t: 212 @ 6,000 rpm (regular fuel)
  • Block & head materials: aluminum
  • 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), 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)

 

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