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Boyz II Men – Part I: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

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It’s now longer ago than I care to admit, but during the formative years of my driving career owning a powerful, rear wheel drive sports coupe seemed as unobtainable a dream as an acne-free face and a date to the prom. The biggest barriers to entry were my parents who, since they were mostly footing the bill for my insurance at the time, decided which cars made the “obtainable” list in the first place. Dreams of FD RX-7s, Supra Turbos or even lowly 240SXs were quickly dashed thanks to the sky-high premiums for my teenage male self. Even 6-cylinder Camaros or Mustangs, which I viewed as half-hearted substitutes at the time, were verboten. As a result, my path toward front-wheel drive was predestined, and a decade of Honda and Diamond Star sport compact ownership ensued. I loved those cars, but there was always a part of me that craved rear-wheel drive fun, especially when my friends began hopping on the drifting bandwagon that was all the rage in the early to mid-2000s.

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Road Tested: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

 

Genesis Coupe photos courtesy of Hyundai. Comparison photos by the Author.

For the enthusiast buyer, the introduction of the Genesis Coupe was a watershed moment for Hyundai. The closest the company had previously come to building a true fun car was the Tiburon, a front-wheel drive compact coupe whose drivetrain options were straight out of the 1990s. The Tiburon would have been right at home in the company of the Ford Probe, Mazda MX-6, Mercury Cougar and, if you like things a bit more exotic, the Alfa Romeo GTV. However, in the world of 370Zs and 300hp V6 pony cars, Hyundai’s oddly-sculpted shark just didn’t have teeth.

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Long Haulin’ — Audi A6 3.0T vs. Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec (Part II)

Lead photo by Byron Hurd; interior/underhood shots courtesy of the respective manufacturers.

When we left off at the end of part one, we had just arrived in Daytona Beach after a 14-hour trip down I-95 from Annapolis. Both cars had proven able and willing to handle the long haul, but the Audi A6, despite its disappointing tires and confounding ergonomics, was just edging out the Genesis R-Spec as our preferred ride. Click on in for the conclusion and thoughts about long-distance alternatives to these $50k cruisers.

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Long Haulin’ — Audi A6 3.0T vs. Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Interior photos courtesy of Hyundai and Audi.

Last week, in my review of the 2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan, I posited that the default answer to the question of “what makes the best road trip car” was a big, soft luxury car—a wafter, if you will. This week, we’re looking at two such machines to see how well they do against each other, and how well they represent the traditional cruiser market. They’re our null hypothesis, if you will, as we try to decide whether a small car can do the job just as well or better. Oh, and there will be some back roads and on-ramps involved, too. Don’t fret.

We’ve done some fairly off-the-cuff comparisons over the years, but today we bring you the rare showdown that actually features similarly-priced competitors with very different approaches to midsize luxury. The defending champ is the Audi A6 S-Line, equipped with their now-ubiquitous 3.0L supercharged V6. The challenger: Hyundai’s new Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, delivering traditional luxury power from a 5.0L V8 with a non-traditional luxury badge. Both cost $50k. The Hyundai has the edge in power and boasts hoon-friendly rear-wheel drive; the Audi offers up quattro and the promise of superior fuel economy. Which will best devour an 800-mile sprint from suburban Maryland to Daytona Beach, Florida? Will they both leave the Rio in the dust? Click on through to find out.

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2012 Kia Rio 5-Door SX vs. 2012 Hyundai Accent SE 5-Door vs. 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Stock photography courtesy of Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America

As Hyundai and Kia continue their U.S.-market product onslaught, their entrants into the subcompact market have drawn the eye of buyers looking for practical, fun and funky cars on a just-post-recessionary budget. Over the past month, I’ve had the privilege of driving all three of the new platform-sharing hatchbacks in the Koreans’ portfolio, and I’m pleased to report that all of them are competent, practical and efficient, and yes, they have that modern Kia and Hyundai styling—more aggressive, more “out there,” and more youthful than previous offerings. But are they any fun?

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2012 NAIAS: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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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.

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