The basics: The base model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that generates 210 hp and 223 pounds-feet of torque. The 3.8-liter V-6 makes 306 hp and 266 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with both powertrains.
A five-speed automatic is optional on the I4; a six-speed automatic is available on the V-6. The best fuel economy comes from the I4 manual: 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The V-6 automatic delivers 18/26.
Notable features: Both powerplants come in three trim lines, including a track model with such standard equipment as 19-inch wheels, track-tuned suspensions, rear spoiler and Brembo brakes.
All trims come with standard electronic stability control, antilock brakes, an anti-whiplash system, and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Navigation will be available this summer on all trims, with a touch-screen system standard on the 3.8 Grand Touring trim. The 3.8 Grand Touring also gets heated mirrors, a sunroof and a backup warning system as standard equipment.
A stripped-down R-Spec track trim will be available later this year. It will come with the basic sport equipment such as the 19-inch wheels, limited slip differential and Brembo brakes. It will lose other amenities such as the fog lamps and rear spoiler to take out cost and weight. The price will be $24,500, including shipping — $3,000 less than the 2.0-liter track model.
The price of the base model Genesis coupe is $22,750. The V-6 is $25,750. Both prices include shipping.
What Hyundai says: Krafcik said the rear sloping back drop window is Hyundai's original design.
"We're sensitive about people saying we steal designs," he said. "So we're working hard to come up with our own designs."
Compromises and shortcomings: A car from Hyundai lacks the cachet of a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger.
The market: Competition is strong among rear-drive sporty coupes. The Genesis coupe has neither a price advantage nor much fuel economy advantage over the Detroit pony cars.
The skinny: The Genesis coupe is a looker, handles well and offers a wide range of standard equipment. It also has a variety of trim lines that should appeal to gearheads as well as mature buyers. Basking in the accolades given to the Genesis sedan, the coupe should do well.