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The Hyundai Genesis Coupé is a rear-wheel drive sports coupe from Hyundai Motor Company, released on October 13, 2008 for the Korean market. It is Hyundai’s first rear-wheel drive sports coupe, and shares its basic platform with the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.
The Genesis Coupe arrived in United States dealerships on February 26, 2009 as a 2010 model. Hyundai USA acting President and CEO John Krafcik has described the Genesis Coupe as being designed “…to deliver a driving experience that challenges cars like the Infiniti G37.”
With the launch of Genesis Motors as a standalone luxury brand, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe will remain branded as a Hyundai. However, it is expected to receive a new name for the next generation to avoid confusion with the luxury brand.
Photos of a heavily camouflaged Genesis Coupe prototype appeared on the internet as early as May 2007, fueling anticipation and speculation. The spy photos suggested that Hyundai’s new coupe would be rear-wheel drive, as pictures of the engine bay showed a longitudinal engine orientation typical of front-engine, rear-drive vehicles. The pictures also showed a four-cylinder engine with a heat-wrapped turbocharger. Speculation on potential engines for the new coupe ranged from the turbocharged four-cylinder pictured to the Tau V8 that Hyundai had developed for the luxury-oriented Genesis.
Shortly before the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto show, more photos were leaked of an uncovered silver Genesis Coupe next to a silver Ford Mustang, presumed to be the Genesis Coupe’s target competitor
The production Genesis Coupe was unveiled in 2008 New York International Auto Show, showcasing a red and a silver model. The unveiling was accompanied by a demonstration of the coupe’s abilities with powerslides and burnouts. North American models went on sale in spring of 2009 as a 2010 model.
Korean model was unveiled in Korea Speed Festival 2011 in Yeongam, Korea.
North American model was unveiled in 2012 Detroit North American International Auto Show as 2013 model year vehicle. The Lambda MPi engine was replaced by Lambda GDi engine.
The front bumper and hood received a styling revision that incorporates Hyundai’s fluidic corporate design language a la Veloster. Transmission choices include an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission.
In response to criticisms about materials quality from reviewers and owners, Hyundai significantly improved materials quality for the new model. New features include a leather handbrake handle, plasmacluster air filtering, red leather interior option, LED accents above the foglights, and LED taillights.