2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track: Weekend Toy or Daily Commuter?

March 17, 2010
With a base price of just $22,000, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe stands as the sexiest rear drive sports coupe on the new car market today that you can actually afford. Think of it as the modern day Toyota Celica and you are not that far off the mark. And like with many early versions of that Japanese sports coupe, most any visually discerning individual will agree that this new Hyundai Coupe is one of the best looking cars on sale today.

And even when optioned out to the max (as was our test 2.0T Track edition), the Genesis Coupe will still only set you back $26,750. Not bad when you consider similarly capable rear drive sports cars typically cost $3,000-$10,000 more depending on if they wear a Nissan Z badge or the Bavarian blue propeller on their hoods.

Not only is the Genesis Coupe affordable but it also has ample room up front for two adult six-footers with the rear seats best left to kids booster seat age and up. And if you do decide to make the svelte Hyundai Genesis Coupe your family car it also has a well proportioned, spacious trunk (10 cubic feet) that is big enough for a week’s groceries.

If you think that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track edition is just some fancy poseurs package with spoilers and fancy wheels think again (although it does come with both of those things). The 2.0T Track comes standard with a 210 horsepower/223 pound-foot four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a short throw six speed manual transmission. The engine note growls a bit at high RPM but it’s all in keeping with the sporty demeanor of the car. The sweetest cherry on top, however, is the fact that this motor returns an exemplary 23 city/30 highway according to the EPA.

If the 2.0 T doesn’t have enough power for you can also order a Track edition of the Genesis Coupe with a 306-horsepower 3.8 liter V-6. This engine is also the only Genesis Coupe Track available with a six-speed automatic transmission as an option. But to be honest, there really isn’t any need to buy the automatic as the six-speed manual has supremely fluid shift action and a very easy to modulate clutch. Even someone learning to drive a manual for the first time would have an easy time in the Genesis Coupe.

Other special Track performance bits include brutally powerful Brembo Brakes (remember when Ferrari only used these?) with floating calipers front and rear, 19 inch alloys with performance tires, aerodynamic wiper blades, rear spoiler, a Torsen Limited Slip Differential and a special performance suspension set-up that affords handling prowess around corners without the need to shake your fillings loose when you go over speed bumps.

Steering feel is tight and progressive yet tracks straight and true at freeway speeds. One other thing to note about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is that it is very easy to get comfortable behind the wheel as the distances between the steering, braking and shifter controls are all perfectly judged. The 2.0T Track deftly straddles that sports car gray area where only a chosen few can be considered “comfortably sporting.”

The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track also comes with such creature comforts as Bluetooth, Infinity Premium Audio System, power sunroof, automatic climate control and part leather/part sporty red fabric sports seats. Despite the color red having a history of turning car interiors into lurid dens of ill-repute, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track manages to use it sparingly and with great effect. When the red is seen contrasted with the metal on the center console, shifter and dial surrounds it not only makes the interior stand out but it also gives it a sense of occasion that would be missing otherwise. (Note: For those who still hate red, the Sport Seats in the 3.8 Track edition come covered in black leather.)

There will always be those who doubt that a sports coupe from a manufacturer like Hyundai can manage to be a blast to drive, practical, reliable, well-built and a fine value. But to be frank the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track is all of these things and more. And who knows? Maybe you can give these doubters a ride in your new Hyundai Genesis Coupe and show them exactly what they’re missing. Just don’t let them drive it once they do.

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