Review of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2012 Genesis Coupe
IntroductionThe 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes with improved interior materials. The model now includes padded door armrests, softer leather for the leather-wrapped steering wheel and more chrome accents for the instrument panel. A new trim level, the Genesis 3.8 R-Spec, is also being introduced. The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is available in six trim levels: 2.0T, 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe base 2.0T features air-conditioning, full power accessories, tilt steering column, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, trip computer, Bluetooth and a CD/MP3 stereo with USB/iPod connectivity and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The 2.0T R-Spec rolls on 19-inch wheels with summer tires, Brembo brakes, a more firmly tuned suspension and a limited-slip rear differential. The 2.0T Premium includes key features like a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, power driver seat, an upgraded audio system plus a navigation system. The 3.8 Grand Touring more like the 2.0T Premium with heated outside mirrors with turn signals, a rear parking sensor, leather seating and heated front seats. The 3.8 Track gets xenon headlights and its performance-related equipment like the R-Spec.
EngineThe RWD Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets power by either a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine (in 2.0T models) or a 3.8-liter V6 (in 3.8 models). The four-cylinder engine generates 210 hp and 223 pound-feet of torque and the V6 is rated at 306 hp and 266 lb-ft. A six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic with manual shift control is available for the 2.0T. The R-Spec is manual only, and the Premium is automatic only. The 3.8 models come with manual or a six-speed automatic and also with manual shift control.
SafetyThe Genesis comes with world-class active and passive safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints. An electronic active head restraint system is standard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded five-star crash test ratings to Hyundai Genesis for both frontal and side-impact crash tests. Large, four-wheel, anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) is a key feature.