Kylehoefer submitted: My 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. I have fell in love with it over the past 2 weeks, comfortable smooth ride, and the turbo gives it just enough power to have some fun with it when you want to!
I really like the look of the Veloster, very original design. You made the right decision going for the Turbo too. You say it’s a comfortable ride, but how does it handle in the corners? I’m really curious.
Good luck with the car and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the submission!
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The Genesis in the front was filming. I’m sure it was pretty awesome footage.
Went to take the dog out for a walk yesterday morning and to my pleasant surprise there was this sitting first thing as I stepped out, a Monaco White 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe brightly radiating the morning sun.
This one is a 2.0T but it’s somewhat special, it has Genesis badges instead of Hyundai. The owner may have pulled a few strings to get these put on (or just bought them from Korea and put them on himself) but this is definitely the way to do it as the Genesis badges look classy.
Starting price for the 2.0T with manual transmission is just over $25,000, but there are plenty of options to change that. If you go to the Genesis Coupe page on Hyundai’s website, you’ll see that in addition to the 2.0T trim, there’s 2.0T R-Spec, 2.0T Premium, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring, and at the top of the line is the 3.8 Track for around $34,000 with a manual transmission (auto trans is a bit more).
The 3.8L Track version has a V6 with 348hp and if you go with the manual transmission, it has 6-speeds (8-speed for automatic). The 19” wheels are stopped by Brembo brakes and the car sits on a “track tuned suspension and strut brace with low-velocity control dampers” and has front camber adjustment. A limited-slip differential helps grip on and off the track as well.
And in addition to Monaco White, paint comes in Tsukuba Red, Becketts Black, Circuit Silver, Gran Premio Gray, & Shoreline Drive Blue, and each trim package has a different interior.
Gotta give it to Hyundai for making a car for enthusiasts but unfortunately, this car is probably going to be overshadowed by the introduction of the Scion FR-S & Subaru BRZ. The biggest differences come in the trim package and horsepower output but even the base 2.0T has about 75 more horsepower than the FR-S. Time will tell if it catches on.
It would be great to see Hyundai add these trim packages to the Veloster in addition to the new Turbo version (which is available with stock matte paint). A 3.8L Track Veloster would be good competition for the GTI & other hot hatches.
In Hopes that Affordable Sports Cars have Returned, For Good
With the introduction of the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ, the automotive world has been shocked back into action lately. With demand on these cars exceeding expectations by far, other companies’ attention has been caught.
Of course the Mazda MX-5 Miata has stuck around while others have fallen off the sports car globe, and this more than likely means the competition will force Mazda to make the Miata better.
And the Hyundai Genesis Coupe cannot be forgotten either. Hyundai claims the car was “inspired by driving enthusiasts” and with the base car having a 2.0L turbocharged engine and an optional 3.8L V6 R-Spec (manual transmission only) with almost 350hp, you’d have to agree with their claim.
On top of this, it has been rumored that Nissan will join the game soon with a possible 240SX successor to compete with the FR-S/GT86/BRZ. They have also looked at scaling down the 370Z to the smaller and less expensive sports car class.
So by lowering the bar, Toyota/Scion/Subaru has in turn raised the bar to create competition from others. We can only hope that others will soon join the show. Bring it on!
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8L - The Korea Times
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