• Apr 12, 2010
Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Track – Click above for high-res image gallery

By now, we've all read the various incarnations of the muscle car shoot-out, which means that had the crew from Motor Trend decided to simply line up the V6 versions of the 2010 Dodge Challenger, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and 2011 Ford Mustang against one another, odds are you could have picked the podium without breaking a sweat (or reading the article). And that's why we're guessing the editors decided to throw in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe for spice.

At first glance, this feels like the easiest game of "which one doesn't belong" ever played, but on closer inspection, the Genesis 3.8 looks right at home among Michigan's Neapolitan pack of muscle cars. The Hyundai boasts 305 horsepower from its sizable V6, which is more than any of the big domestics. How does it fair against the entry Mopar, Bowtie and Blue Oval? We'll go ahead and spoil it for you by saying that MT didn't just invite the Korean coupe to the dance. It named it belle of the ball, too.

Why did the Genesis Coupe take the gold, even ahead of re-powered 2011 Mustang? According to MT, the Hyundai simply feels more like a sports car than the rest of the suspects. Funny – we thought they were testing muscle cars...






[Source: MT]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If this was going to be a "sports car" comp, instead of a "muscle car" comp, shouldn't they also include the v6 powered Z?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Z is a two seater. it will win the contest for sure, but Z should compete against the big boys. it costs much more and it's the ultimate 'sports' car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HUGE win for Hyundai. They've come a long, long way from the drivel they were churning out in their early days. To be considered on par with the Detroit muscle is already a huge accomplishment, let alone taking bagging it and taking it home.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Even Toyota Camry won MT's mid size sedan comparison test in last month.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there no credibility left at Motor Trend? Sheesh. The 2011 Mustang V6 beat all cars in every objective category and was $6,000 less expensive than the winner!

      Why did MT pick the Genesis Coupe? "It was more fun to drive." Try using that excuse on the track or street! ROFL.

      In the future, MT should consider price, not number of cylinders car comparisons when doing comparisons (um, ya think?). I'm surprised MT didn't throw in a Porsche since it also has a 6-cylinder and price doesn't seem to matter.

      Journalistic comedy. Bad job, MT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        spoken like a 16 year old who never even attempted to buy a car. Mustang they tested was a stripper with no nav, leather, sun roof and etc. well equipped mustang will easily top 30k.

        genesis coupe is cheaper in the real world. after all, it's a hyundai. hyundai gives out the best incentives and dealer discounts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better built quality, better reliability, no redneck image... Genesis wins.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hyundai as tested cost $32K.
      Fail.
      That's Mustang GT money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I just configured a V6 premium pony package car with full options, but without the additional upgrade chrome wheels... 2010, though...

        33,729.

        A genesis 3.8 Track 6MT (which there are no extra options for, with a few dealer accessories thrown in...)

        31,505. That would be less.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't matter if it is base GT territory. That was a fully tarted up Genesis against a stripper V6. A stripper GT will have a similar base price, but will still carve that Genesis up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai's poor weight distribution is a result of: engine too far forward (you can fit your fist between the engine and firewall), and long wheelbase.
      The Ford Mustang 54/46 is due to bad design (the engine is as far back as you can get), the front axle should be forward 2-3"
      The Challenger should improve to 52/48 with new engine (tighter bore to bore spacing than old 3.5) and dual exhaust.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now they should do the comparo with the top of the line V8 Genesis........errr........oh wait.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...The biggest surprise in this entire package: the Genesis Coupe’s steering. While the Europeans seem to favor lighter and lighter steering feel (to disguise their model’s increasingly obese if safety-oriented curb weight), the Genesis feels perfectly weighted and precise. BMW’s M3—yes, that one—should take lessons from the Genesis Coupe’s steering rack. It serves-up Porsche-level feel, with just a tad less precision."

      thetruthaboutcars.com/review-2010-hyundai-genesis-coupe-38-grand-touring/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai has come a long way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pony car is a subdefinition of a muscle car for people who worry about those things. All three of these cars are muscle cars, the Mustang is a muscle car as well. Pony car was a term coined for cars concieved to compete with the Mustang back in the 1960s. They have obviously diverged since then.

      Muscle cars are American only and a niche that Chrysler, Ford and GM can deliver on. Said Benz is not a muscle car, it's a luxury car with a rocket under the hood but it in no way imparts the same feel, style or Americana a Mustang or Camaro or any 60s American RWD classic does. That's the distinction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is that the term "muscle car" is usually used as a put-down term used by import car lovers to imply that American cars cannot compete in quality or performance outside of acceleration in a straight line.

        Pony car is a more accurate term because true muscle cars were mostly only built in the 60s, and they comprised of first off being cheap, and then putting the biggest, most powerful V8 engine into the smallest model car. But often upgraded brakes and handling were and afterthought.

        When the Mustang came out in '64 it had a small 260ci V8 and it was sporty and handled decently for the day. When the Mustangs, Camaros and other similar cars started competing in circuit racing they had to be upgraded to handle and brake well.

        But import fans cannot understand the distinction as it does not readily support their biased views, so they cling to the Muscle car name.

        I like the Genesis coupe, including the styling. But even though it does make sense to compare the V6 models (Hyundai themselves had set the Mustang as a target competitor for the car) it is such a small stretch to go from a $31K loaded Genesis coupe to $35K for a 412HP V8 Mustang GT.

        And just as the MT writers could justify the extra cost for the Genesis coupe, I'd easily pay a bit more for the '11 Mustang GT, which they should have put in a sidebox here.
        In the current Pony car wars, it's currently the performance/value leader.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah.... but the Mustang's vastly greater fuel economy and price tag will make it a winner at the dealer lot.

      Nice to hear that the Hyundai is kickin' butt though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MikeW: you sure enjoy talking about axle ratios huh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vastly greater fuel economy being 0.7 mpg better than the Hyundai in Motortrend's testing.

        And a full 1.7 mpg behind the first place Dodge - the same Dodge with the worst in class 17/25 window sticker.

        The EPA treadmill test remains worthless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey maybe Hyundai will play axle ratio games for 2011?
        Currently the 6 speed manual is 3.538, 6 speed auto is 3.727.
        What if they offer an economy manual ratio of 3.133, and performance 3.727
        What if they offer an eco automatic ratio of 3.538 and performance of 3.909
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, they were flogging the cars and not exactly hypermiling them, Dan.

        Last time i checked, the EPA ratings are meant to indicate the kind of gas mileage someone would get if they were driving it normally.

        Of course a high horsepower car is gonna drop into the 10's under that kind of driving.. what's that prove? probably that the Hyundai is geared low and/or willing to dish out less power and/or burns slightly less fuel under hard driving...... in other words it's slower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet that while driving the Challenger, they did not even attempt to stay with the other three.

        Chrysler could have kept the axle ratio the same (when changing from 4 speed auto to 5 speed auto. 0.689 to 0.831 overdrive) if the eEGR was kept. No VVT (can't there is only one cam per head), no VCT, no resonance intake, no anything!
        If the axle ratio remained at 3.64 instead of moving to 3.07, then the Challenger could have been a 15@95 car, if not faster-say if the open differential was replaced. As it stands, with better tires it can be 15.5@90 http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=AVID+ENVigor+(H%26V)&partnum=355VR8ENV&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&tab=Specs)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Almost as much as I like to talk transmission ratios.
        Gearing is of paramount importance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah but you sound like an autistic or obsessive compulsive person whenever you post about them. I don't see anyone else here talking about them either. Just sayin.
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