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Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT in the driving report: With a Nordschleife finish

Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT in the driving report
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' I don't believe in the old strategy of world cars. We have to develop our own models for different markets, ”says Hyundai Head of Development Woong-chul Yang, explaining the new strategy. But that only applies to a limited extent to the Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT. Because actually it is designed for America and Korea. There it should be the spearhead of a brand upgrade.

Hyundai is striving for the premium segment; precise: in the 'Modern Premium' segment. In the opinion of the Hyundai strategists, what used to be gloss and chrome will be replaced in today's iPhone generation by the requirement 'easy to use but unique'. At least in Europe, the Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT was accompanied by critical test comments - also from auto motor und sport . Hyundai has reacted and given the sports car a facelift after only one year.

Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT with 47 hp more

The two-plus-two-seater Hyundai Genesis Coupé is visually presented GT now more aggressive - with a large radiator throat and new LED headlights. But above all, the technology was upgraded. The basic engine, the two-liter engine, has been given a “twin-scroll” turbo and a larger charge air cooler. The four-cylinder now has 260 hp, an increase of around 20 percent. In the 3.8-liter engine, the fuel is now injected directly into the combustion chambers. The V6 is able to mobilize 350 hp, a whopping 47 hp more than before.

The power is transferred to the rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. This means that the Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT should sprint to 100 km /h in under five seconds (previously 6.4 s). The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km /h.

Steering becomes more direct, ESP looser

The plus performance is flanked by a far-reaching suspension course with modified springs, dampers and stabilizers. The Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT got the finishing touches on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The goal: more precise driving behavior and better road contact, less body inclination with improved comfort at the same time. The steering was also adapted for this. It was given a more direct translation and is now more precise and responsive. The early and abrupt intervention of the electronic stability control was one of the criticisms of the first coupé variant.Now the electronic helpers even allow slight drifts.

If you like, you can also incapacitate the electronics in two phases. Level one allows a lot. At the latest, however, when the driver taps the brake pedal, the ESP system steps in again to help. Level two is for the real experts on the valance, because then the electronic reserve is completely deactivated. If you want to hit the racetrack with the Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT, Hyundai has two other sport variants ready: R-Spec and Track-Model. Both also have a Torsen differential and stronger stabilizers on the front and rear axles. There are also larger brake discs and four-piston brake calipers from Brembo, but the standard brake system also has no problems with the performance it offers. Above all, the torque of the 3.8-liter V6 was enthusiastic, because with 400 Newton meters, eleven percent was saddled on here as well.

Hyundai Coupé prices remain almost unchanged

Just as gratifying: Although the Hyundai Genesis Coupé GT has become stronger and more agile, the prices have remained almost unchanged. The two-liter turbo is said to be available for less than 31,000 euros, while the V6 costs just under 36,000 euros. The automatic transmission will cost around 1,900 euros extra. The fans of rear-wheel drive coupés will get over the fact that the interior is neatly finished, but the materials and switches are not as high-quality as in the last Hyundai models that were designed for the European market


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