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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe was new.


Performance: 7.4

Though test drivers like the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s powerful V6 engine, they say its handling falls well below the standard set by rivals like the Scion FR-S and Nissan 370Z.

  • "The V6 engine is strong and willing, but Hyundai's sleek coupe for 2015 lacks the finesse and precision that defines the best of the best, namely cars with neutral cornering and a human/machine interface that feels nearly symbiotic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We're not sure if car buffs will be waxing nostalgic about the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe someday, but we're positive that a test-drive would leave them pleasantly surprised." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the 2015 Genesis Coupe gets 16/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class.

Critics agree that the Genesis Coupe’s V6 engine delivers exhilarating acceleration at any speed. However, test drivers write that the manual transmission has a rubbery feel and isn’t fun to shift. They recommend choosing the automatic, which changes gears in a quick, smooth and satisfying manner.

  • "Avoid the manual and go for the Ultimate trim with the 8-speed automatic. We think this choice delivers the best combination of performance, comfort and drivability." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the six-speed manual gearbox might seem to be the natural choice for a sport coupe, its somewhat imprecise feel leaves us cold. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission is easy to recommend thanks to its standard paddle shifters, crisp upshifts and rewarding rev-matched downshifts." -- Edmunds
  • "At idle, the Genesis's V-6 remains smooth and steady, and revs climb willingly with a blip of the throttle. Although its peak torque doesn't arrive until 5300 rpm, the engine is strong from 2000 rpm in almost any gear." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The engine builds power in a beautiful, linear swell, and while the majority of power and torque is at the top end of the rev band, we found it easy to wring serious speed out of the engine quickly." -- Autoblog (2013)

Handling and Braking

Automotive journalists write that the base 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a compliant ride and balanced handling, though competitors like the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Nissan 370Z are more agile. R-Spec and Ultimate models come with an upgraded track-tuned suspension, larger Brembo brakes and a limited-slip differential. Critics say those models offer sharper handling than the base model, but with poorer ride quality and more road noise.

  • "The Genesis Coupe's standard suspension strikes a satisfactory balance between responsive handling and a livable ride quality. Moving up to the R-Spec or Ultimate's firmer suspension and larger wheels definitely ups the performance ante, but the downside is greater road noise and reduced ride comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "You'll find much better handling from a Scion FR-S (and its Subaru twin, the BRZ) or a Nissan 370Z." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The lightweight (well under 3000 lb), minimalist, low-powered BRZ and FR-S have the finely nuanced manners of true sports cars, while the Genesis coupe, for all its charms, simply doesn't." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Communication between car and driver gets high marks for clarity, and the big Brembo brakes will cover for a lot of mistakes." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

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