The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get 271hp, 345hp engines

Since Hyundai boss John Krafcik announced that the new Hyundai Veloster would be getting a turbocharged version of their 1.6L 4-cylinder there has been speculation that the upcoming Genesis Coupe would also receive an increase in power but now it is official – as Hyundai has announced some engine specifications for the 2013 Genesis Coupe.

The entry level 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be powered by the same 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder but thanks to a new larger intercooler, a twin scroll turbocharger and some tuning efforts the horsepower of the base model Gen Coupe jumps from 210 to 271 which the torque output has increased from 223lb-ft to 271lb-ft. This is a substantial increase in both categories and with this boost in power, the 4-cylinder 2013 Genesis Coupe should be a far more popular choice among the tuner crowd.

The premium 3.8L Lambda V6 returns in the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe but this mill receives a similar direct injection setup to the one seen in the 333 horsepower Genesis Sedan – except the Genesis Coupe’s Lambda V6 packs 345 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque. This accounts for an increase of 39 horsepower and 29lb-ft of torque over the current Genesis Coupe that is powered by the same engine; meaning that the compact Genesis Coupe now has quite a bit more power than the V6 options from the Dodge Challenger (305hp), Chevrolet Camaro (323hp) and Ford Mustang (305hp). This retuned 3.8L V6 also puts the Hyundai Genesis Coupe well within striking distance of the V8-powered muscle cars, especially the Dodge Challenger R/T that offers either 372 or 375hp (depending on the transmission choice) which is also quite a bit heavier than the compact Genesis Coupe. For those unsure, the V8-powered Chevrolet Camaro SS offers 400 or 426hp depending on the transmission while the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT packs 412 horsepower so while the Genesis Coupe’s V6 falls short of them – it doesn’t fall short by much. In addition to the big power, Hyundai has stated that the V6 in the 2013 Genesis Coupe will have a sound generator to “replace the rough engine sound with a classy and sporty sound”…but the Korean automaker doesn’t offer any detail into what the sound generator is or what sounds it generates.

Both of the engine options for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe are available with the new 8-speed automatic transmission although those who want a little more control (and fun) out of their sports coupe can opt for the 6-speed manual transmission offered in the current Genesis Coupe lineup.

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While the jump in power is good news for those considering the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, it is should also prove to be very good news for those prospective Veloster owners who are lusting after a powerful turbocharged option. The company has confirmed the coming of a turbocharged 1.6L Gamma 4-cylinder and with the Genesis Coupe getting an increase to 271 horsepower – there is a whole lot of room between that and the current 138 horsepower variation of the Gamma 1.6 in the Veloster. This means that we could see the unique 4-door hatchback pack well over 200 horsepower while still leaving a performance advantage for the entry level Gen Coupe.

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