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Pros: The Genesis Coupe is the only sports car on the market to offer both four-cylinder turbo and V6 engines, both of which have seen significant upgrades over the years to make them more competitive. Aggressive design and helps the Genesis Coupe carve out a great niche for itself between the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and the much more expensive Nissan 370Z.

Cons: It’s not as engaging as the Toyobaru twins, but it’s so close that this sentence is barely even warranted.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pricing: Base 2.0T models start at $26,499 while offering automatic climate control, keyless entry, six-speed manual transmission, and 18-inch alloys. Adding an automatic transmission raises the price tag to $28,299. Premium Package models add navigation, Infinity 10-speaker audio, and sunroof, bringing the price up to $31,099 for the stick shift model and $32,899 for the automatic. The 2.0T R-Spec, only available with a manual transmission, adds Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels, and a Torsen limited slip differential while ditching navigation and other heavy bits for $28,799. 3.8 GT models get the big V6 motor and are priced at $36,999 for the stick and $38,799 for the slushbox.

Improvements and Changes: Hyundai’s rear-drive coupe gets a host of enhancements for 2014, including new bucket seats for R-Spec models, hill start assist for manual transmission models, as well as rev-matched down shifts for automatic models when using the wheel mounted paddle shifters. 2.0T Premium trimmed models get new LED daytime running lights, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, rear parking assist sensors and camera, and new touchscreen navigation system.

Don’t Miss: Optional performance equipment, such as Brembo brakes, Torsen limited slip differential, and sport tuned suspension can be added to other trims and are not only available on the 2.0T R-Spec.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Powertrain: Two motors, a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine, are available in the Genesis Coupe, both offered with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0T sends a valiant 274 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels while V6 models crank the horsepower up to 348 with only a minor improvement in torque to 295 lb-ft. Both engines drink premium, not well shots.

Safety: While not a traditional safety marketing segment, Hyundai loads up the Genesis Coupe with a number of active and passive safety features so you keep having fun in the driver’s seat. Front, front seat-mounted side impact, and side curtain airbags come standard, as do active front head restraints. Brake Assist aids drivers in emergency braking situations and Electronic Brake-force Distribution manages those forces in a number of loading conditions. Genesis Coupe also offers three Electronic Stability Control programs – Full-on, Intermediate (retains braking function), and Full-off.

Comparables: Genesis Coupe plays in two separate segments. 2.0T models are aimed squarely at the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, and (to a lesser degree) the Mazda MX-5. The V6-powered 3.8 GT models do battle with the Nissan 370Z, Ford Mustang V6, Chevrolet Camaro V6, and Dodge Challenger V6.