Future Cars

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – Sneak Preview 2008

Want proof that times are changing? Here you go: This is a Hyundai that we actually want – no, strike that, that we can’t wait – to drive. The Genesis coupe is based on the Korean company’s rear-wheel-drive Genesis sedan, and while it won’t get the sedan’s 4.6-liter V-8, it still will get a healthy dose of horsepower under the hood. Buyers will have a choice between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger pumping out 212 hp on regular fuel (or 223 hp on premium) and a 3.8-liter V-6 producing 306 hp (preliminary figures).

Although it boasts a curb weight of about 3500 pounds, the two-door Genesis should be able to keep up with the big boys in this segment from a technology standpoint. Four-piston brake calipers, optional nineteen-inch wheels, a track-tuned suspension, a front strut-tower brace, and a Torsen limited-slip differential will help entice performance-oriented customers into Hyundai showrooms. (Yes, that’s right: “performance-oriented customers” and “Hyundai” in the same sentence.) Topping it all off is an MSRP that our sources indicate will match or undercut that of the .

CHEAP, CHEERFUL, AND PUTTING THE BIG BOYS ON NOTICE: A viable Mustang competitor with an enthusiast bent and a low price? Sign us up.