• Mar 22, 2009
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Click above for high-res gallery

This Wednesday, March 25, Hyundai will be allowing fans of the new Genesis Coupe a rare opportunity to participate in the press introduction of the new car. When new models come to market, automakers typically invite the media to some location where they get to listen a presentation on the technical details and marketing plans before going out for a first drive. The information shared during these events eventually gets passed on to you, the readers. Hyundai is holding its Genesis Coupe first drive this week, but the pre-drive presentation will be streamed live over the interwebs.

Those of you looking for insights on the Genny coupe can head over to http://genesispresspass.com/live/ on March 25, 2009 at 11am EDT. You can even submit your questions now to the Hyundai executives via a form on the site and they may be answered live during the Q&A part of the event. Those of you watching online will obviously have to wait for an opportunity to drive the coupe, but you might learn something new when you tune in.


[Source: Hyundai]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If the "Genny" coupe is anything like Genny beer, those who partake of it will end up with dizziness, headaches and a bad taste in their mouths, but will for some reason return to it against their better judgment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the talk about cross shopping with Mustang/Camaro is mis-leading, the later would not be on my list, this coupe would. I think the Genesis may find many more potential buyers than those from Mustang/Camaro in the other compact car croud (Mazdaspeed3, Subaru WRX, maybe Evo, maybe tC) ... in my mind it is light weight vs heavy weight (if not in fact, then in styling spirit - both the Mustang and Camaro, and esp Challenger look way, way too bulky).
        • 5 Years Ago
        -"both the Mustang and Camaro, and esp Challenger look way, way too bulky"-

        Funny, I was thinking that the challenger did the best job of the three to pay a homage to the original muscle car styling without resorting to bulky and 'overacting' cartoony agressive styling.

        But then again, what do i know ;)

        Neither of these three cars is being sold in Europe, so i've never seen one in real life. The more rounded and elegantly styled challeger wins it for me hands down.

        The mustang would do great if they got that elegant 2010 concept in production and cleened up the rear end, which looks like a toy with those enormous rear light blocks. But i guess it caters to American style.

        You're absolutely right though, this car will be on the list of people looking for the cars you mentioned. The smaller Japanese hatchbacks, maybe VW, ... For the same kind of money they can afford a sexy RWD coupe now, if they don't need the rear seats in the first place (no kids for example) That's where the customer base will be. Comparing with Mustang/Camaro and Challenger like most do, is besides the point. That type of costumer would never have looked at an alternative anyway, so it's not even relevant. Muscle buyers will always be muscle buyers, biased as they are and believing nothing tops a car with a live rear axle weighing 3500+ pounds ;)

        I heard kia is not planning to ship it to Europe (it would be too expensive to pass all the test again). So for once it's you guys who get the better car, enjoy it ;)

        I wouldn't mind buying a Challenger though, if it had decent suspension and a manual gearbox. (stick)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the vast majority of buyers interested in the GenCoupe wouldn't be interested in the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger and vice versa.

        The GenCoupe will primarily steal sales from the imports.

        @EUreader

        Take note that Hyundai will release a limited run of about 1k GenCoupes in Europe (don't need to pass the EU tests if sales are limited to around a thousand) for around 25k Euros.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Muscle buyers will always be muscle buyers, biased as they are and believing nothing tops a car with a live rear axle weighing 3500+ pounds ;)"

        Yeah. Because European car-buyers are such a open-minded bunch right?

        • 5 Years Ago
        By kia of course i meant hyundai. *shameful typo*

        I heard about the limited 1000 hyundai coupés in Europe. Indeed, they can bring them in under a different legislation applying to small volume automotive sales. That way they can avoid having to go through the homologation tests.

        They also do it to prove to the European customer they can indeed make attractive and desireable cars. A proof of concept and a way to prepare a strategy for future European releases by already making a name for themselves.

        Too bad i'm not in the running for a new car just now. And when i do i'm sure those 1000 examples will be sold. I bet they already are right now in pre-order.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @EU_Reader


        The Genesis Coupe will be available in Europe. Only 1000 of the 2.0 Inline-4 Cylinder will be available. So might want to get a pre-order in if you want it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Live rear axle? The Camaro's got an independent rear end. The Mustang still has the live axle, but it really isn't that bad. Also, the Genesis has MacPherson struts. Which suck.

        Also the Genesis 6 is just barely under 3400 pounds, so it isn't really light. Granted, it is still lighter than the others but not much moreso than the Mustang.

        That said, it is by far the best thing to come out of Hyundai, ever. It's inexpensive, it's got decent potential, and the fact anyone is comparing it with the US pony cars or the 370z/G37 is amazing. They've really hit at least a solid triple with this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with all the endless Genesis hype.

      Let's wait util Hyundai launches Supercharged V8 ZK supercar in 2012. For $40,000, ZK would deserve the hype. But not BK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the hack is Hyundai ZK? I am not going to hyped up about anything unless they actually make one. There are many concepts out there and many of that concepts never actually get to be made. If you are talking about Tiburon, from all the concept pictures, it's going to be hard to like, especially with that huge ass on its back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hypermiler

        Believe it or not, Hyundai has a 2 seater sports car in feasibility phase right now that will be based on the Genesis platform. Also a crossover is in the talks.



      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm so in love. i'm buying the 4banger in summer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I cannot comprehend why AB puts up with spammers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's no secret that I'm a Camaro man, but I saw a Red one wit the Spoiler in Chico, CA 2 weeks ago, and wow it looked really good... I mean like really good- especially with the blackened headlights. The grille needs some work, but from the rear, it's stunning. Of course then I saw a 5th Gen Camaro at the dealership and totally forgot about it. T'was an ABM 1LT/RS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Y'know, that starts to explain this car somewhat, you being a Camaro man and all.

        I just can't get past that weird rear quarterlight (or whatever they want to call it these days). It's like everyone shouting out "sausages" in the middle of the Hallelujah Chorus. Well, maybe not Handel, more Rick Astley, but you get the idea: it just doesn't fit. It's not that it doesn't fit this car in particular. It's that it couldn't fit *any* car; no matter which way you turned it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai is starting to kick some serious a s s. Who woulda thunk it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know why everyone is comparing this to a mustang. I have driven both and you get wwaayyy more performance out of the base gen. coupe then the mustang. I would say there is no comparison at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't ever get hit in this baby. All those lines and so forth would cost a fortune to bang out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's amazing how much press the Genesis coupe is getting all over the web. Hyundai has done nice job putting the coupe out quickly but I think, it has lost some of it's niche as the Ford and GM hurried up too and put out their hot coupes/muscle cars that were once put aside. Regardless I thought, I would never see a day when Koreans would put out such a nice cars but I was wrong just like the Lexus years. I am not saying Hyundai is next Lexus but they really have earned my respect with Genesis Sedan and Coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that Hyundai isn't the next Lexus but I don't think that's the direction they're trying to go. If they were trying for that - I bet they'd achieve it within a decade. I feel Hyundai is trying to be Infiniti more than anything. It's obvious with the Genesis Coupe and the Sedan isn't so far off from the old Q45. It differs so much from the Lexus LS (although it does look similar) because of the ride characteristics. It's a luxury sports sedan. I think we're going to see more similarities to Infiniti - perhaps something to compete more directly with the M-Series - though the new Sonata seems to be going after Mercedes..

        Like others have mentioned, I just don't see too many people trading in their Camaros, Trans Ams and Mustangs for the Genesis Coupe. We'll see plenty of people trading in 350z's and G35s, though. Same goes for Cadillacs and Lincolns - we'll see more people trading in old Q45s and Acura RLs for the Genesis Sedan..

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.genesisowners.com
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