San Antonio.- I don’t know about you, but I love to drive vehicles that are sleek and fast! What red blooded American male doesn’t? I have had a chance to drive them all from the classic Corvette, Jaguar, every version of the M class BMWs, Dodge Viper, Porsche and everything in-between…so I am going to be picky when I get behind the wheel.
The Hyundai Genesis looked impressive as it stood in my driveway when I had it delivered for my weekly review. You know, some cars just look like they want to get you into trouble. I like those kinds of cars because they test your skill as a driver and your self-control, I could tell this one was going to test me on both levels.
Under that slim, sleek forward tilted hood is a 3.8-liter V-6 with 306 horsepower engine, wanting you to come out and play! Now of course you get options, two powerful engines are offered for your driving enjoyment: a 210-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 306-hp, DOHC 3.8-liter V6.
You also can choose between six-speed manual, five-speed automatic or six-speed automatic transmissions. If you decide to go with the automatic transmission, you are also given a choice to employ a fun steering wheel mounted paddle-shifter.
Your standard contact with the asphalt is an 18-inch alloy, but you can get an optional 19-inch alloy wheels if you wish. In case you were wondering, you can get the Genesis up to 60 miles an hour in 5.4 seconds, which is pretty impressive, if you ask me. Those kind of get up and go still gives you 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles on the highway.
In the interior you are going to find a combination of black and silver, rough and smooth surfaces that are going to bring out the curved interior design of the dashboard. Oval chrome accents outline the light blue display panels giving it a very futuristic feel, and the center counsel with its flat chrome buttons make selecting your interior temperature and entertainment a breeze.
The center stack is all within easy reach from the cup holder to the leather-covered stick shift to the multimedia center. Captain Kirk would have been proud to have his chair on the Enterprise look that slick and be ready to respond to his every command. Seating is soft, yet supporting in the lumbar and head areas, with plenty of room to wiggle around.
The back seats are contoured to hug you while you sit back and enjoy the ride. The tan leather seats are inviting and give you an upscale look. There is plenty of room for four adults that are looking for a spirited ride to grandma’s house.
The Genesis Coupe does come in different flavors. You start with the 2.0T with a 210 horsepower engine and rear wheel drive and six speed manual transmission that starts at $22,000 and change, all the way up to a 3.8 liter V-6 with a 6 speed overdrive transmission with all the whistles at a cool $27,932. If you’re asking me, I would drop the extra coin to get the power and the toys the Genesis Coupe is offering.
Though there are many two door coupes out there that will impress you with their slick body styling and their impressive 0-60 time…but none at this price point and with Hyundai’s exceptional 60 months 60,000 mile warranty.
Do yourself a favor and take a drive to your local Hyundai dealership and give yourself a thrill and drive the 3.8 Grand Touring Coupe…you will wonder what took you so long.
Information for this column was derived from Hyundai and its affiliate outlets.