For fans of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, some good news: Hyundai Motor Company pulled the wraps off the hotly anticipated update to the car at the Korean Speed Festival in South Korea this past weekend.
As the dozens of spy photos indicated, the latest Genesis Coupe receives a makeover to bring it more in line with Hyundai’s recent design language. A new front fascia incorporates a large hexagonal grille opening, along with new Veloster-like headlamps and LED running lights mounted above the fog lamps. Revisions aft of the A-pillars aren’t as extensive, although the new car does receive a few new character lines on its rear fenders, along with new taillamp assemblies.
But the new Genesis Coupe is more than a simple cosmetic refresh. Korean-spec Genesis Coupe models are still available with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and a 3.8-liter V-6, but both engines have been heavily worked over to improve efficiency and, perhaps more importantly, increase power.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 gains a twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger intercooler– both of which help boost output from 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque in the old car to 271 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. That’s a respectable increase of 61 hp and 52 lb-ft.
Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V-6 is the latest addition to Hyundai’s range of direct-injection engines. Adding GDI to the Lambda V-6 helped bump power from 283 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque to 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet.
Hyundai says that the V-6 cars receive an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, which promises “more dynamic driving performance.” We wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the car will continue to offer the existing six-speed manual transmission as well.
Hyundai’s U.S. wing has remained mum on details on the U.S.-spec car, but seeing as the revised 2013 Genesis Coupe is expected to debut Stateside in the next few months, expect those figures to break shortly.