First Drive: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The base turbo engine's narrow power band, appreciable lag, and modest output (when teemed against 3400 pounds of curb weight) aren't enough to reliably overcome the understeer and kick the coupe's tail out. But that's a problem the 3.8 doesn't have. It lacks the G37's perfect chassis poise, but add loads of power and the six-pot Genesis becomes the drift champion that Hyundai has been promising all along. The steering wheel may communicate nearly nothing about what the front wheels are doing at the limit, but the Genesis's long wheelbase, broad torque curve, and wonderfully progressive limited-slip diff make ludicrous power slides easy. Professional driver, closed course, and all that jazz...

The Genesis coupe works well in daily driving, too. The cabin is finished with nice materials, and its great-sounding Infinity (no relation to the G37) sound system is powerful enough to drown out the considerable road noise at highway speeds. There's enough legroom in back for six-footers, but the coupe's raked roofline means their noggins will be firmly planted against the hard rear glass. The trunk's high load floor and the one-piece folding rear seat's small pass-through limit cargo-carrying versatility.

Of course, conventional wisdom says that if you need to transport lots of people and stuff, you buy a sedan. Then again, not even the most astute conventional wisdom would have predicted that Hyundai could pull off a car like this.

SPECS
On sale: Now
Base price: $22,750/ $26,750 (2.0T/3.8)
Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 210 hp, 223 lb-ft; 3.8L V-6, 306 hp, 266 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel

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