When I drove the Genesis Coupe back in November of 2010, it didn’t go well. To be fair, it was an otherwise impressive car marred by shoddy repair work and oversight in its upkeep. My list of complaints was short but pronounced: It was quick, but not fast. It had good feel, but felt big and unsporty inside. It moved okay, but the parts with which the driver interacted lacked polish and feedback. In short, it was a C study on paper that overachieved to a B-.
For 2013, Hyundai claims to have corrected the shortfalls. The turbocharged 2.0L now puts out 274hp rather than 210. The 3.8 gained direct injection and now boasts 348hp. Hyundai claims a slew of transmission and suspension improvements, but those will have to wait until we can drive it. We’re hoping to get a chance to pit the 3.8L against Ford’s Mustang V6 “Mayhem” on a track later in the year, so stay tuned for a 6-cylinder face-off.
The turbocharged Veloster has pretty much been a given since the base car debuted a year ago. At best, Hyundai could do was shoot par. And they have. 201 hp, 195lb-ft, 2800lbs, and yes, it’s still a twist beam rear end.
Hyundai went out of their way to mark the GTI as a competitor, citing Volkswagen’s published power and weight figures and declaring the Veloster its better in power-weight. While reality may not agree, there’s something to said for Hyundai’s bluster. What that is, I leave entirely up to you. And why matte paint? Because
race production car.
The 2012 North American International Auto Show media days are a wrap and we’ve got our complete photo gallery from the show to share with the world. We’ve included both the world debuts and North American debuts from the show in the galleries after the jump. Byron will have his thoughts on this year’s show soon, but for now we hope you enjoy the gallery!
Full 2012 NAIAS Gallery after the jump
The Chrysler 700C made its way to the NAIAS show floor with no fanfare at all. We don’t know anything about this concept other than it shows that Chrysler is testing the design waters for the future of the Caravan and Town and Country. There are no radiator vents in the front which indicates that the 700C was designed to be an electrified vehicle. Other than that, there wasn’t much information available. It is a pretty radical styling departure from the current lineup of minivans but we’re not sure yet if that’s a good thing.