While many automakers are making their big announcements to coincide with model debuts at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai has revealed its updates for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe at a relatively small event in Korea. Not only will both the four- and six-cylinder engines receive power boosts, but the automaker has given the Genesis Coupe a Hyundai Veloster-style facelift, as well as an updated transmission.
The 2013 Genesis Coupe’s four-cylinder engine now makes 275 horsepower, up from the 2012 model’s 210 horsepower, and the V6 puts 350 ponies to the ground. That’s 44 more than the existing model, and one of the most powerful six-cylinder engines available in an affordable sports car. By comparison, the 2012 Ford Mustang’s base V6 makes 305 horsepower.
Inside Line reports that Hyundai will offer both engines with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. While adding more cogs to the gearbox generally translates to better fuel economy, reviewers wonder whether the new eight-speed will be worth it. “We hope (the eight-speed transmission is) quicker-reacting in this application than it is in the Genesis sedan,” writes Car and Driver.
The automotive press generally agrees that the styling updates were a long time coming, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely happy with the results. “While the front is an improvement, it doesn't mesh well with the profile styling, which is relatively unchanged,” writes Kicking Tires.
Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet, but Autoblog says a U.S. production version will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
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