Friday, June 5, 2009

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6 track package first impression

We just got back from driving the 3.8 Liter V6 powered Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and let me tell you, this car has plenty of power. After stepping out of the four cylinder and into the six, we see what Hyundai was trying to create with their new sport compact. The more powerful motor is a better match for the coupe’s outstanding handling abilities, and brings the most out of the new vehicle.

Whereas the turbo four was fun to drive, the V6 is outstanding. First of all the sound of the exhaust is amazing, compared to the turbo motor, the 300 HP six cylinder has a bark that would make V8 owners jealous. The added torque of Lambda engine is enough to plant you into the seat back. Whereas the 275 series tires seemed a little wide for the 210 HP turbo four cylinder Genesis Coupe, the added power is enough to break them loose and have a little fun.

The V6 in our test car is the same engine found under the hood of the RMR drift car, except the drift car is making 500+ HP with the help of a little boost, on the stock internals. After taking the six cylinder for a drive we fully understand why Hennessey and HKS are so eager to make performance parts for the Lambda powered coupe.

Before you lay down the cash for the turbocharged four cylinder Hyundai, take the V6 for a test drive. You will be pleasantly surprised. With this power plant Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros better keep up their game, because with the Genesis Coupe, it is now possible to get big bang for your buck, without having to buy domestic.

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