Not to be confused with its Hyundai teammate the Genesis sedan, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe returns as a fun, rear-drive sport coupe back for another year of giving similar cars in its class a run for their money. A great standard equipment package like those Hyundai usually provides doesn’t get sacrificed on the Genesis Coupe. It features 18-inch-wheels, a sunroof, a leather steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, Infinity audio, Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity, and a navigation system on 2.0 models. The 3.8 Coupe adds xenon headlights, leather upholstery, and heated front seats and outside mirrors. The R-Spec models gain a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and more.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®, six-speed manual, ZF six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
Models: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium, Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, Hyundai Genesis Coupe Grand Touring, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
Interior updates and a new performance 3.8 R-Spec trim comprise the significant changes for the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Generating a higher-end look motivates the chrome trim surrounds for the instrument cluster, center-stack buttons, and automatic-transmission shift gate. Hard plastic on the A-pillars gets replaced by fabric; plastic also gets replaced on the door handles, air vents, and steering wheel with dark, metallic-looking accents.
Door panels, glove box, dashboard, and door armrests get a softer feel and the steering wheel boasts improved leather. Navigation and climate control also mark new standard issue features on the 2.0T Premium trim.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe sports an attractive exterior design with its new trim and makes an attractive entry into to the selection of sports cars. Although it lacks some of the wow factor of its competitors, it goes very easy on the eyes and comes in eight exterior colors: Karussell White, Bathurst Black, Silverstone, Nordschleife Gray, Acqua Minerale Blue, Tsukuba Red, Mirabeau Blue, and Interlagos Yellow.
Hyundai delivers a very comfortable interior once again with the 2011 Genesis Coupe. The high-quality materials and eye-pleasing contours invite you in. The A-Pillars have been covered with soft touch fabric to match the headliner; armrests and instrument panel upgrade to a soft-touch skin as well. Information screen graphics have been improved and look easier to read. Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity controls and audio controls for the Infinity 360-watt stereo system sit conveniently on the steering wheel.
The power driver's seat on the Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium is highly adjustable and offers a great outward vantage point for the driver even with the low-slung seating. The black leather bolsters with red inserts add a sporty touch. The back seats seem sufficient for kids or cargo, but feel shy of headroom for adult passengers.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Genesis Coupe represents Hyundai's sportiest car yet. Its handling appeals to the driver in all of us. The turbocharged, four-cylinder engine offers up 210 horsepower while the enhanced 3.8-liter V-6 delivers 306 horsepower. Both engines feature dual cat-back exhaust and deliver power when needed. In testing there is only about a second of difference in the performance from zero to 60 mph with the 2.0 requiring 6.9 seconds to the V-6's 5.9 seconds. Steering response feels crisp and quick and the body feels well-balanced.
Hyundai's commitment to safety shows up in the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Equipped with both active and passive safety features including standard driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side air curtains, and active front head restraints. Electronic stability control, an effective life-saving technology, marks another standard feature on all Genesis Coupe models.
Four-channel ABS with electronic brake force distribution optimizes brake performance under various conditions and adds another standard safety feature to the Genesis Coupe. Brake assist also enhances the braking system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, manual: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, automatic: 20/30 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Premium: 20/30 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring, manual: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring, automatic: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, manual: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, automatic: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Sporty exterior
- Well-appointed interior
- Great handling
You Won't Like
- Limited headroom in back seats
- Awkward positioning of window controls and door locks
The reworked interior and updated performance trim along with its reasonable price tag make it a very desirable sports car.
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