Sure, the refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe now looks more aggressive, but the real story is under the hood, with new powertrains that pack more punch and a few more gears, as well. The V6 Genesis Coupe now features direct injection, while the turbocharged four has a new turbo and intercooler setup. Both models are available with eight-speed automatics and get slightly better fuel economy, as well.

The 3.8-liter V6 in the Genesis Coupe now makes 348 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque, up from 306 and 266, respectively. The 2.0T model gains even more, going from 201 horses to 274, with torque improving from 223 lb-ft to 275. (All numbers cited are with premium fuel.) Both cars retain their six-speed manuals, but now have a Hyundai-developed eight-speed with paddle-shifters as the automatic option. Despite the new automatic, fuel economy goes up by just a single digit. More importantly, Hyundai says the new V6 is good for a 0-to-60 time in the low five-second range.

There's plenty more to this mid-lifecycle revision, including seven new exterior colors and some new hues for the interior, which has also been improved. Other hardware upgrades include a re-calibrated, quicker steering rack, front strut camber adjustment, and revised damper settings. The Genesis Coupe also gets the Hyundai BlueLink telematics system.

It's pretty clear from the extent of this refresh that Hyundai is playing to win in the suddenly revved-up sports coupe segment. Just a few years back, several automakers had written off these enthusiast-focused models, but with new introductions like the Scion FR-S and this much more capable Genesis Coupe, things are looking good for lovers of affordable performance cars. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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Hyundai's Rear-drive Sport Coupe Receives More Powerful Powertrain Technologies, More Aggressive Design, Upscale Interior Refinement and Blue Link® Telematics

DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2012– Hyundai Motor America today introduced the significantly redesigned 2013 Genesis Coupe in a North American debut at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. In keeping with impressive performance upgrades, Genesis Coupe now sports more aggressive coupe styling, complemented by improved interior materials and design. Both 4-cylinder and V6 engines benefit from significant technology enhancements, with the 3.8-liter V6 engine receiving sophisticated direct-injection technology and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine upgrading to a more precise twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler. Automatic transmissions for these two models now have 8-speeds, with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC® manual-shifting capability. Hyundai's proprietary telematics platform, Blue Link®, is now available, providing Genesis Coupe owners with a variety of infotainment services to meet their individual connectivity needs.

• Refreshed, more aggressive exterior design
o New front fascia, grille, headlight, fog light, hood designs
o New 18- and 19-inch wheel
o New LED-enhanced taillight design
o Available LED daytime running lights (DRLs)
• 3.8-liter V6 engine receives direct-injection technology
o 348 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft. torque (rating with premium fuel)
o Improved fuel economy for both transmissions
• 18 city/28 highway – 8-speed A/T
• 18 city/27 highway – 6-speed M/T
• 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine receives new twin-scroll turbocharger and larger, more thermally-efficient intercooler
o 274 horsepower, 275 lb.-ft. torque (rating with premium fuel)
o Improved fuel economy for A/T
• 20 city/31 highway – 8-speed A/T
• 21 city/30 highway – 6-speed M/T
• New, in-house-developed 8-speed automatic transmissions
o Paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC® capability
• New, retuned low-velocity-control suspension dampers
• Blue Link® telematics available on 3.8 Grand Touring/Track and 2.0T Premium
• Electroluminescent gauge cluster with information display
• Telescopic steering wheel (added to tilt function)
• Driver seat power lumbar adjustment
• Redesigned center stack appearance and gauges

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the power, but why does the front look like a boxer wearing a mouth piece?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um....that's not a Genesis coupe :(
      • 2 Years Ago
      Question is, how much more coin is it going to cost? As it is, a loaded R-spec is Mustang GT money now
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like it just limped back from a frontal crash test. Seriously who decided to update the front end of this car. :o
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what it weighs? It'll be interesting to see how the FRS/BRZ does against this. They went in opposite directions - Hyundai went with big HP, Toyobaru went light weight and focused on driving dynamics. I've always said i prefer the latter, but 348HP sounds mighty appealing!
        • 2 Years Ago
          • 2 Years Ago
          uh, no, they're both RWD sport coupes in the $25-30k range.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, but the headlights are too big and look dorky and the Mazda grill just dominates the front end in a bad way.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I Might learn to like that front end. im aslo hoping that the aftermarkt people are at their drawing boards right now.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What upsets me most is that Hyundai has the technological and power train arsenal to make a really nice sleek coupe. They could do everything right but there sense of style will pummel them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jabba the Hut loses weight and gets a facelift. The designer had catfish the night before and found his muse. The hood intakes looks like somebody's picture holding up a finger moustache. Other than that, I like the stuff between the front and rear wheels. Fix the rest and I won't buy a 370z.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job on the power bump, so so on the styling update. How long until Hyundai grows some balls and drops the 5.0L Tau V8 from the Genesis/Equus and give the Pony Cars a real run for their money.
        • 2 Years Ago
        If Hyundai dropped the V8 in this coupe, they would probably own the pony car market when you count in the price .
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have a new 2013 2.0T coupe it is a fun car but Hyundai PLEASE get rid of the buzzing shifter noise and replace it with a round shift ball! On the panel that holds the rear end in place PLEASE put in a second mount (bushing) its aready stamped for it thank you! Hurry up with the turbo for the V6 or go with the 5.0 engine it will fit in the engine bay.
      Car concepts
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like it was inspired by this 2007 Hyundai Mobis Tiburon
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