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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
For those who've been around sporty cars for a long time, think about how classic Japanese sports-car models like the Nissan 240SX or Toyota Supra might be today, if still produced, and you won't be far off the mark for how the Genesis Coupe performs. And thankfully, very few of the front-wheel drive Hyundai driving characteristics carry over into the Genesis Coupe. Shift action is clean and precise, clutch takeup is neat (both are improved for 2013) and, most importantly, the steering is a tried-and-true hydraulic system, tuned just right. About our only gripe is that the automatic transmission feels a little too relaxed and doesn’t quite fit the rest of the car’s character. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a sports coupe first and foremost, but it does take care of front-seat occupants remarkably well; and with a spacious trunk and a reasonably refined cabin experience—plus improved interior materials—it’s as good for long weekend hauls or the commute as it is for the racetrack. The exhaust note of the 3.8 has been made more urgent (and sonorous) with a soundbox—but, surprisingly, it’s only loud when accelerating hard. Hyundai claims that ride quality has improved with the suspension tweaks to the 2013 model, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve hard it out on some rougher surfaces. Even though prices have risen throughout the model line, the 2013 Genesis Coupe still offers a lot of bang for the buck. For just $25,125, you get Bluetooth, an iPod/USB interface, keyless entry, A/C, and a trip computer. Step up to the R-Spec—the model we had out on the track—and you get a track-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels on summer tires, Brembo brakes, a Torsen limi-slip, plus special badging and red-leather seat inserts, with a bottom-line price of just $27,375. Top 3.8 Grand Touring and Track models, as well as 2.0T Premium models, there's a seven-inch navigation system on offer; it includes the Blue Link suite of services, as well as HD Radio, XM NavTraffic, Bluetooth audio streaming, and integrated audio and climate controls.
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