The highly competitive sport coupe segment is become more and more dominated by the Hyundai Genesis Coupe that has proven that Hyundai can deliver a huge powertrain performance at a highly desirable price point. The design is aggressive and menacing with deep dimensional sculpting and standard LED daytime running lights. A simple 3.8L V6 powertrain is paired with advanced technology to offer a performance that lives up to the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s sporty demeanor.

A new six-inch color display for the center stack is the biggest change in the Genesis Coupe for 2016. Arrange a test drive today, or read on for more information on the 2016 Genesis Coupe.

Trim Levels

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the 2016 sport coupe offered in base, R-Spec and Ultimate trims.

Base

The base Genesis Coupe (starting at $26,750) comes with great features as standard such as cruise control, variable wipers, heated outside mirrors and automatic climate control. It also has standard 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and fog lights.

The Genesis Coupe has modern features like Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite radio support, six-speaker audio and an auxiliary audio input. These features are perfect for listening to music on the go. It also has a USB/iPod interface, and comes in cloth upholstery.

The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and the rear seatbacks fold down. It even comes with an automatic garage door opener. Even on its most basic trim, the Genesis is fully tricked out.

R-Spec

The $29,500 R-Spec trim has 19-inch alloy wheels for summer driving. This trim level also includes firmer suspension tuning, and larger brakes. It also has a controlled slip back differential. The R-Spec Genesis Coupe features sporty seats with side bolsters. The seats are finished in a combination of leather and cloth.

Ultimate

The Genesis Coupe also comes in the Ultimate trim level, which starts at $33,400. Going for the modern, top of the line Ultimate brings in all the features from the R-Spec, and then some. Along with the R-Spec features, the Ultimate comes with xenon headlights, a sunroof, parking sensors and a rear spoiler. It also comes with the new aero wipers that perform better when driving at high speed.

On the inside, the Ultimate offers real time traffic info on a touchscreen GPS system. The audio system is now a 10-speaker Infinity system with HD radio and satellite radio. The leather upholstery, door panel trim and sill plates illuminated on the doors make the interior feel sumptuous, as you sit on a heated power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment.

Performance and Powertrain

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Powertrain

2015 Genesis Coupe

The 2016 Genesis Coupe keeps the focus on one powertrain. The Coupe has a 3.8-liter direct-injected V6. This makes a substantial 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Genesis Coupe comes with the choice of Hyundai’s own eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters, or the standard manual six speed.

The steering hydraulic system is a tried and true system tuned to perfection, shifting is clear cut and accurate, and the clutch take-up is excellent. Above all else, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a car that has been built to be driven.

Despite being a performance vehicle, Hyundai still knows its customers value economy. The Genesis Coupe can run on regular gas, for those who value frugality. This slightly cuts the output to 344 hp and 292 lb-ft, but is a nice touch that gives the owner the option.

The V6 has a good amount of power and torque, and the Genesis Coupe is intuitive to drive. The high point of the Genesis Coupe is in fact the handling. The Coupe has body control that is predictable and easy to control on rough surfaces. The hydraulic steering has a quick ratio and the suspension is well tuned.

The Genesis Coupe handles bumpy and choppy pavement better than other coupes like the Nissan 370Z. The Genesis Coupe also has less noise in the cabin. This all comes down to the Coupe getting improvements recently in its suspension, such as a new damper layout.

All Genesis Coupes come with four-wheel disc brakes and single piston floating calipers, unless you upgrade to the R-Spec to get four piston ventilated Brembo brakes for the front and back. The brakes are fade free and ready for some serious action.

Economy

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis only has one engine option and two transmission choices, which means the gas mileage performance is quite consistent from model to model. For best performance, the high power V6 will need to use premium fuel, but as a great bonus it will run on regular grade gas, albeit with slightly lower performance.

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The improvements made to the engine and the outstanding performance of the eight-speed transmission make gas mileage excellent in real world scenarios. The EPA fuel mileage rating for the six-speed manual transmission is 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Similar performance is seen from the eight speed automatic transmission with 16 mpg city and 25 highway.

Exterior

The Genesis Coupe is a car that has evolved with the times. The Coupe has a classic design, with a front engine in a fastback body.

The Genesis Coupe is an assertive vehicle that’s not a million miles away from the Elantra or Veloster but has the classic slung back profile of a rear-wheel drive coupe. It’s not shy of letting everyone know it’s a performance vehicle, with an intimidating look from the front to the rear.

A new standard feature on the Genesis Coupe is its LED running lights. These give it an upscale look whether or not you plump for the higher trims. The design is an altogether aggressive look, particularly around the headlights and dual intake hood. From the front, the Coupe looks wide. Features such as running lamps, fog lamps, and the blacked out grill help to emphasize this.

Two rising ripples in the side sheet metal form to make a Z-shape behind the doors. The window drops slightly at the back of the window for a sophisticated effect where the window meets the ripples. It’s a mature look that’s still bold and exciting.

At the back, the LED tail lamps are classic and conservative, and on the base trim, the wheels are 18-inch. Move up to the R-Spec or Ultimate trim and you’ll have 19s.

Interior

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Gearstick

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Gearstick

The interior of the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe provides an environment that makes driving a pleasure. The adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel allows for perfect driving comfort for drivers of all sizes. The R-Spec and Ultimate models increase that comfort by providing front sport seats with large side bolster to keep you firmly in place, even when making tight corners.

The 7-inch touch screen and clearly marked controls are of good quality and make for easy adjustments and monitoring by the driver and passenger. An iPod interface connected with excellent sound quality in both standard and the Ultimate audio packages provides for a superior entertainment experience. It’s a smart system that can automatically play audio through the car’s excellent speakers while charging the phone or media player at the same time. The playing artist and song will be displayed on the head unit, making for less fiddling
when driving.

There is adequate interior storage for small items provided by door pockets and an armrest bin. If you don’t have rear-seat passengers, folding down the back seats makes for plenty of cargo space (compared to the acceptable 10 cubic feet with back in place).

Safety

The 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers important safety features with consumers in mind. These features include stability and traction control, full-length side curtain airbags antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, dual front airbags, and active front head restraints.

There are also unique features included in this year’s model that make it stand apart from previous models and competitors. They include an available Blue Link telematics system with roadside assistance, crash response and remote access. On top of those features, there are additional monitoring features such as speed, geo-fencing and even curfew limits! These features can be especially important if the car is to be used by a second driver you might want to keep an eye on, such as a new teenage driver.

Summary

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has been a bold move for Hyundai into a market that’s traditionally dominated by Japanese manufacturers. Hyundai has also traditionally positioned itself as a value manufacturer without all the bells and whistles, so unleashing a higher-spec performance vehicle may seem to have been a bit of a gamble. Last year the V4 was dropped completely, so now the Genesis Coupe is powered by the more powerful V6 across the board. It’s a move that has paid off, with the Genesis Coupe now riding high in popularity polls and getting rave reviews from car enthusiasts. We invite you for a test drive, so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Read more on the official press release.