The Genesis Coupe 2.0T is a great idea that falls a bit flat in the execution. On paper, the two-door Genesis offers ninety percent of what people look for in an Infiniti G37 for about sixty percent of the price -- what we've come to expect from Hyundai, in other words. Once you're driving it, however, it seems like less of a value and more of a pale impersonation. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is harsh, noisy, and sluggish, and the ride is overly stiff. Steering is quite precise but is liable to develop a mind of its own over every bump in the road, and it has a disconcerting dead spot at highway speeds. There are also good bits here, including a pleasant six-speed manual, sticky nineteen-inch tires, and strong Brembo brakes, but as a package, the coupe needs a bit more time in the oven.
And then there is the matter of value. Yes, the base Genesis is a lot of car for $23,000 and change. But for about the same price, Ford and Chevrolet offer stylish rear-wheel-drive pony cars with 300-hp V-6s. Step up to the Genesis 3.8, and the Americans counter with honking V-8s. Some will argue that import-oriented Genesis buyers won't look at a Mustang or a Camaro. Well, they should.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor