• Mar 7, 2009
Click above for a gallery of modified Hyundai Genesis Coupes

As Nissan cancels its Silvia replacement, and the Toyobaru saga stumbles along, Hyundai actually has a hot product on the pavement ready to scoop up import tuners jonesing for a rear-drive plaything. The Genesis Coupe is just arriving in U.S. dealerships, but in Korea, the car's been on the streets a while already. As such, drivers there have been hard at work modding and personalizing their rides, giving us an idea of what to expect when they start hitting the streets in earnest on this side of the Pacific. Our good friend (and O.G. Jalop) Mike Spinelli pretty much nails it when he says, "Oh Civic with stove-pipe exhaust, the bell tolls for thee."



[Source: GenMay via Mike Spinelli]


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      Jarod Forney
      • 3 Months Ago

      Little did the people in this comment secontion know, that the Genesis would take the Auto world and the tuner world by storm. like a furious kimchi tornado

      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay....they added rims.....now what?



      You call addin rims and brakes "modding"......give me a break.


      This car is jusr a copy wanna be...just like the sedan version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you know for a fact that these cars are unmodified under the hood, or are you simply jumping to conclusions, JDM fanboy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't help but find the front of this car funny looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        im sure people think of yours the same way
        • 5 Years Ago
        The front reminds me of the faces on Ninja Turtle toys...
      • 5 Years Ago
      A refresh could clean it up, but right now there's too many awkward things about the car. As Sektor said, that front is so funny-looking, and screams cheap econo-Hyundai. The weird droopy headlights, cheap corporate grill... not to mention the droopy c-pillar window--it seems like every effort they made to make the car look unique makes the car look cheap. The best view is the rear, but that's because it's the most conventional (and looks a whole lot like the G37).

      If it were a more straight-forward design I'd like it a lot more. On another note, I like how TE37 replicas snuck into the last pic amdist all the Advans and Volk wheels, heheh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoops scratch that, those are the real thing. Mixed up the valve stem locations of replicas and the real thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sold on this design. I saw one in person at the Auto Show and felt the whole car look muddled and confused. Yes, it's different. It's no Mustang or Camaro for sure, but I worry that the design might turn people off.

      In profile, the wheelbase looks too long. The rear window 'droop' looks like a mistake rather than a purposeful decision. The front end looks pinched. This is not to say it's an ugly car, just one lacking direction and theme. A 'refresh' might make a huge difference.

      I also feel that if you're going to use the Genesis name, at least make the Coupe bear passing familiarity with the sedan, not like an extraterrestrial entity. I am still a fan of what Hyundai is doing with this car, I just think they botched the execution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more, the back -droop is still confusing me. It's a damn coupe, how many people are sitting in the back, don't ruin the looks of a car for the 1% of the time that somebody is back there and wants to look out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I mean that in a generally good way, by the way. It's a good performance car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JoeK:

        Not to mention the fact that this coupe barely has more rear headroom or legroom than a Mustang. If a Challenger did it it'd almost be forgiveable considering that it's got some semblance of room back there, but even then it's an ugly addition.

        And yes, this car is ugly as hell. It's the eighties Mustang Fox Body of the twenty-first century.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Completely agree.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I completely agree. Some styling uniformity between the sedan and coupe would make marketing sense, but as for now they look nothing alike. Though, when a refresh does come around and they fix all these little inconsistencies in design (hopefully) then it will be one hell of a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These, and more have been posted at my website almost a month ago (http://preview.tinyurl.com/flatblack). The least you could do is credit them properly. These images are not from GenMay, though they were posted there. These images were from bkmania.com - a Korean Genesis Coupe website. Check out those pictures, and more at my website where pictures and media get posted daily.
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      http://www.genesisdriven.com - A Hyundai Genesis Coupe enthusiast community
      • 5 Years Ago
      i would make little babies in those cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off, the tuner scene is dead. Nobody is going to waste money "modding" a hyundai when they can take that money and buy a 370z, Camaro SS, Mustang GT, STI, EVO, or even a Pontiac G8 GXP. Hyundai is about 10 years too late.

      Second of all, its pretty damn obvious that Hyundai is paying for all of this. They paid for all those cars and their pretty paint jobs and nice wheels. And they are probably paying for people to post comments. "This is just the tip of the iceberg"? Dude nobody even owns this car yet, how can there be a cult following already? Hyundai is duping the world's retarded youth into thinking this is the next big thing.

      How can you be the next big thing? We've already had a 2 liter turbo RWD coupe in the Silvia. The Silvia had about 40 more hp and 400 less lbs, in 1999. We have already seen a 300 hp 6 cylinder coupe called Supra, and it was lovely in 1995. You suck Hyundai Coupe, please drive off a cliff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car has been out in Korea and a few other countries for some time now. People have been anticipating this car for quite some time. The US is usually late on trends and new products, so just because the US hasn't picked it up yet doesn't mean the rest of the world hasn't started it yet.

        Since when did the tuner scene end? Last I checked you could still buy just about anything for any car (which goes says that a market still exists, which says people are still buying). People still modify there cars whether it be a body kit, a new exhaust, simple engine mods, audio mods, interior mods, etc... The tuning emphasis has changed a bit, but it's still there, more so then before.

        The Silvia and Supra are both excellent cars, but maybe your stuck in the 90's and forgot those cars haven't been around for more than a decade.

        Your just being silly, the Genesis Coupe is bringing sexy back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the exception of red and grey this car looks good in most of those colors
      • 5 Years Ago
      hawtness!! this will be my next car!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i want to get those Yokohama TC-II's. got them on my Type-R EP3 in Forza 2 =) gotta import them somehow though..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd still get the Z or wait for whatever Mazda comes up with with the RX-9 and the RX-7 return.
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