Getting the most of a good thing for the least amount of money is something I think we all strive for.
Personally, I’m always on the hunt for the best price on everything and anything. I’ll haggle on the smallest of things, most recently, a pillow from Sleep Country (which I brought down by $30). I know, I know, Mr. Frugal, as those who know me can attest to. Additionally, it’s not very often that I buy things for myself, so the haggling isn’t done very often.
But what if a company made a product that was miles (ahem, kilometers) ahead of the competition value wise? What if was a car company that said “we’ll give you the most amount of horsepower on the market for the least amount of money?” I bet your first choice wouldn’t be the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It wasn’t mine, either.
With all the progress that Hyundai is making, it’s fitting that they’ve jammed 348 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque into the 2015 Genesis Coupe. And with a starting price of $29,499, the “power to dollar” ratio is extraordinary.
The trim model I tested was the bare-bones R-Spec with a 6-speed manual transmission. No frills, no fancy touch screen, no extra bells or whistles. I even got an actual key to slide into the ignition!
Now the base model does come fairly well-equipped but there are two higher trim models available.
Appearance wise, the Genesis boasts beautiful lines and a sleek design, just the way a two-door sports car should. It’s got a strong yet elegant stance to it. The front end is shapely, stylish and aggressive while the rear shows off a modern touch.
The 3.8 R-Spec has, as you can guess, a 3.8L V6 motor with the aforementioned hp and torque figures.
Being rear wheel drive gives it a much sportier feel gives a nearly-even front-to-rear weight distribution (56/44 to be exact).
There’s comfortable sport bucket seats with “R-Spec” emblazoned by the headrests and manually adjustable seats. You can seat two folks in the back seat and offer them comfort instead of the predictable three across the back. I’d rather have two comfortable rear passengers than three fidgeting ones.
There’s a 170-watt, six-speaker sound system in the base model (an Infinity 360-watt 10-speaker with an external amp comes with the two higher models) the 7-inch touchscreen centre console with navigation and a backup camera comes with the higher models as well. I don’t mind being without current technology…I really don’t. There’s enough in the base model that they can still hook up to Bluetooth and use aux/USB outlets.
Once you turn the engine and start navigating through the “H” pattern, there’s definitely a heavy feel to the clutch. It’s not so heavy where you’re left leg will be twice the size of your right after a few weeks of driving but there’s a noticeable bit of oomph you’ll have to use to change gears.
Changing gears felt coarse, mainly between first and second and third and fourth but after a couple of days, my muscle memory took over.
The steering also has a heavy feel to it but again, it didn’t seem as heavy after a couple of days of twists and turns.
The plus side to heavy steering for me is that once I’ve found my comfort zone with the wheel, the over/under steer possibility is barely there and replaced with very sharp and accurate steering. There’s definitely little chance of “oops, I didn’t mean to turn that sharply!” In a straight line, there was no wavering and the car responded beautifully to what my right foot dictated.
Hyundai has included massive 19” wheels, Brembo brakes and a sport suspension on the Genesis and it definitely makes a huge difference on the performance side.
I should mention that for those that don’t want to shift gears, Hyundai offers an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Fuel consumption-wise, the Genesis is a thirsty machine with 14.4L city and 9.9L highway per 100km for a combined rating of 12.4.
With great power comes great Petro Points…or something like that.
The Genesis Coupe, even in entry-level clothing, is made for a sports car enthusiast. And even though some may look to the domestic market first for two doors and an abundance of power, there’s nothing out there like what Hyundai’s offering power-to-dollar wise. And with the heavier feel, I felt a strong connection with the car and a closer feeling to the road.
If you want power and interior luxury, Hyundai has something for you with the GT option but for those who appreciate raw power and few frills, the Genesis Coupe R-Spec is the route to travel.
While still in its infancy compared to the other ‘tried and true” two-door, heavy horsepower competitors, the Genesis Coupe (which shares a platform with its four door sister) is galloping aggressively attempting to close the gap. The 348 horsepower for under $30K is a helluva way to bring attention to yourself. As is stunning looks and a solid feeling behind the wheel.
With what looks to be a long lifespan ahead, it’ll be interesting to see how the 2015 model is received by Canadian consumers.
3.8 R-Spec manual $29,499
3.8 Premium Package manual $32,199
3.8 Premium Package automatic $33,999
3.8 GT manual $37,199
3.8 GT automatic $38,999
Yay: Beautiful styling, high horsepower to dollar ratio, raw power, under $30K for the manual base model
Nay: Heavy clutch and steering feel may not be what everyone wants