Test drive: Hyundai Genesis 2.0T offers plenty of RWD fun without financial loss!
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You're young and you want something, whether you crossed a certain midlife crisis. Anyway, a blood fast sports car is always an appropriate response. A Porsche 911
on the other side is not for everyone and a Boxster was until recently (because it is saw like a women's Porsche).
Even so, the options are often quite a bit more limited. Toyota and Subaru realize that and come on the market with the budget-friendly GT86 and BRZ, but who has actually something "budget", comes from Korea. Hyundai Genesis Coupe has already launched in 2008 and now has even a facelift done.
At the launch it is still wait, and although quite rare in our region, perhaps you can here and there a first generation on the racks. And even that was not the case, the Genesis 2.0T was in our hands just before the car exits the park for the press, was an offer we could not possibly refuse. The 303 horses of the 3.8 V6 if we already have given the tracks, even the 212 pieces of the smaller 2.0T seemed to a lot of fun.
Unlike the 3.8-liter V6 that is atmospherically ventilated, we received the 2.0-liter turbo fitted. Although the Subaru and Toyota BRZ GT86 with their atmospheric Boxer 200 hp out of the same displacement, so Hyundai had a little help remedy needed to achieve the targeted 212 hp. And they actually did anything to Belgium working hard, because that was for tax reasons exactly 1 hp too many. An IPI of € 4.957 was the result. From 2012 to make one bold hp less and you pay under the new regime for the 2.0T 'only' an enrollment of € 2.105, while the IPI of the facelift in that area is expected. The new Genesis 2.0T will be clearly distance itself from the aforementioned Japanese competitors in performance, because he gets a boost to 275 hp. And that is perhaps necessary, because although we took the 3.8-liter V6 very fast off the starting blocks, the 2.0T is a bit slower. Slow is the wrong description, but a 0-100 km / h time of 7.9 seconds is not phenomenal. For comparison, the 3.8 does it in a half second less and a Focus RS even put down a time of 5.9 seconds. Top speed is again a respectable 223 km / h.
But this battle is not lost. The Genesis Coupe has indeed RWD so drivers we can only dream of. Speed and fun not form the equality, but RWD and fun come a lot closer. The torque of 299 Nm is huge enough to the 245 mm wide rear tires to slip and with a standard limited slip differential, the Genesis Coupe in the right hands a true Korean sample drift.
Obviously with the ESP system off, because even a small loss of grip in a straight line continues the overzealous system to promptly all brakes to throw. Extremely annoying. And unfortunately that is also the case for the wealth that takes place in tugging and bumps, while the atmospheric 3.8-liter V6 Fri creamy across the entire speed range.
Despite the turbo, Genesis Coupe also comes the really forward from a thick 4,000 rpm, while the soundtrack which a piece of the air. Socially acceptable? Not really. Character? Not that the 3.8! But you can hear that you are going forward.
And consumption is also easily forward, or rather up. Hyundai gives an official average of 9.2 litres/100 km and although it really is possible with a pace from the usual Sunday rider sprint, better count on 12 litres/100 km and for a really smooth driving even on 14 liters / 100 km. The nice low seating position, excellent lateral support and good at steering invite obvious fact from a slightly sportier ride. The control itself, although hydraulically energized, somewhat is less convincing. Now and then something is missing and therefore feedback resistor.
But the downside is absolutely no damper on the festivities. Especially in long-turners by turns excellent handling soon a smile on the face. The 2,820 mm long wheelbase also ensures an excellent stability. The suspension is stiff but not hard sports car. The Genesis is our appalling road thus free forgiving, though it really comfortable as a step too far.
Switching is done exclusively by linked to the 2.0T with a manual six-speed gearbox and that would be in a car as this may not be otherwise. Sometimes the transitions proceed slightly rougher, but it is never distracting. Now and then takes the bucket for what also decouple mechanical sounds produced. The Korean spoken charm.
Charm is in the rest of the interior less to be found. The structure is simple and the materials are no match for those of European competitors. Few buttons. The touchscreen navigation system is excellent, despite the aftermarket character. The basics are in place and although the extravagant exterior might expect to do more, we can not have much against the no-nonsense approach to Hyundai. Almost everything is also standard! The (leather) seats are also excellent as mentioned earlier, and even in back there is room for two passengers... the average European will have some complain about the legroom. But the trunk is enough. With 332 liters soon take twice as much luggage than a Porsche driver. Sporty coupes may also be practical.
And cheap! For 32,799 Euros you have indeed a fully equipped, rear wheel drive and 212 horsepower sport coupe. The high IPI was until recently a showstopper, but as mentioned above is already much less. Front fog lights, aluminum 19" wheels and the (flashy) trunk spoiler are standard equipment outside, while inside a leather upholstery, heated seats and electric folding mirrors are also included in the price. Then we have the automatic lights, parking sensors, Infinity sound system, cruise control and automatic climate. And the list goes on. Only for a metallic you pay 500 euros extra and also the only option is the navigation system.
There are natural rivals in the field: the Toyota GT86 with its starting price of 31,690 euros is also very competitively priced. A direct confrontation is still waited ...
The Genesis Coupe 2.0T is everything you expect from the car: no-nonsense and affordable rear wheel drive fun. He is not super fast, but he seems not to need that fun to provoke. For those who want more there is always the 3.8-liter V6 available. Refinement is also not in the dictionary of this sport coupe: tugging and bumps are included. The interior is also simple and anything but luxurious, but very well equipped.
+ Rear wheel drive fun
+ Sitting position
- Sober interior
- Nervous (Source: http://www.groenlicht.be)
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