The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was a nice little sports car that flagged the Korean automakers first attempt at a proper rear-wheel driver sports car with a very modest price tag and good performance to rival the 370Z when equipped with the R-Spec badge that entitled the coupe to a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produced 348-hp. Buyers also had the option to opt for the cheaper I4 turbo unit that was meant to take on smaller hatchbacks.
Sadly, the turbocharged 4-cylinder Hyundai Genesis Coupe was under-powered and couldn’t compete in the market and in 2016 sales trumped down signalling the death of the first Korean sports car but don’t be sad now – we hear Kia is creating the first ever Kia GT sports coupe which is packing both luxury and performance with staggering numbers to match. The R-Spec Hyundai Genesis Coupe could achieve a 0-62mph time of 5.8 to 5.9 seconds which was good when it first came out.
The new Hyundai Genesis G90 luxury Sedan is looking pretty and a coupe version is expected to make its way soon enough although we might be seeing a new turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine under the hood. These are all speculations for now but one thing is for sure, the Koreans are going all out with their new cars and overall sales are rising and competing with the Japanese giants. I really think Kia and Hyundai will become household names within a few years – I’m also predicting that they might be working on a complete EV lineup hidden away from the public and ready for when the time comes.