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How else can a driver have so much fun going absolutely nowhere while destroying tires and torturing the powertrain? This video was shot at the press launch for the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe that is on sale now.
We doubt dealers will offer you to do what you're about to see, but take our word for it, the new Hyundai knows how to make you dizzy. Confined within the safety of the lower skid pad at the Spring Mountain Raceway, we received some basic instructions on how to drift. We failed miserably for about 45 minutes and a couple dozen attempts. Each ended in tight pirouettes that sapped the momentum from the car's planned trajectory around the circle of cones (provided for a visual reference).
The idea is to drive in a circle in first gear with the tach hovering around 2,300 rpm. A quick stab on the throttle brings the rear end around and this motion must be caught and then maintained by countersteering and modulating the throttle. It made sense in theory and then after a break, it worked in practice.
The most surprising realization of the exercise was that the car was still controllable in the midst of the drift; the arc of the circle could be changed at will.While Hyundai didn't explain to the press why they offered us the opportunity to drift the 2010 Genesis Coupe (drifting proves precious little about a car's overall handling capabilities), the new 2+2 proved itself one tough car.
Aftermarket turners and track-day driving stars are going to love this new Korean.