The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec: Korea's best challenge yet for the American muscle cars
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was introduced in 2009 as a 2010 model year vehicle and for the 2013 model year, the “Gen Coupe” received a facelift and more power to help it keep up with the Joneses in the affordable performance car segment. In doing so, Hyundai has brought their best sports car thus far that can take a real shot at the American muscle cars including the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec looks more or less identical to the rest of the Gen Coupe lineup and that begins with the “new” front end. This exterior design includes a front end that takes a heavier cue from the automakers fluidic design language, with similar cues that we see on the Hyundai Veloster. This begins with the new, massive grille opening that is finished almost completely in black with just a scant sampling of chrome around the Hyundai “H”. Flanking the lower portions of this large grille are a set of uniquely shaped fog lights packed in matte black housings while the upper grille is joined by a set of sharply angled headlights featuring projection style assemblies set in black and chrome bezels. Some might frown upon the front end design of the Genesis Coupe but in a segment where an aggressive design goes a long way – Hyundai has hit a home run with the 2013 Genesis Coupe.
The wide, low front end of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe runs back to a hood that is long and flat, extending almost all of the way out to the top of the fenders. New for 2013 is a set of matte black grilles mounted in the middle of the hood that add that certain something in terms of sporty styling although these new items are more aesthetic than function. The hood gives way to a steeply sloping windshield that angles up to a very short roofline that almost immediately angles back down towards the back end. The roofline and rear glass combine to create as much of a fastback form as you can ask for – giving the Genesis Coupe a very sleek, slippery shape while also offering great aerodynamic properties. Along the side, the 19” wheels that are unique to the R-Spec and Track package fill the large, angled wheel openings nicely while a set of hard body lines running front to back with an upwards direction help to give the Gen Coupe the form of a big cat ready to pounce.
Out back the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec wears new tail lights for the 2013 model year which are angled inward with all of the lighting needs (brake lights, turn signals, backup lights) all incorporated into one single lens design with both red and clear/chrome portions of the assembly. Above these new tail lights is a subtle spoiler molded into the trunk lid while the lower matte black rear fascia houses the large dual exhaust tips for a very clean look.