The Korean automaker is ready to bring the next-generation 2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe at the North American market. The prototype version has reportedly been undergoing intensive testing on Korean highways in recent months. The new model is expected to become a truly high-performance sports coupe that will compete with some of its rivals in the US market such as Subaru BRZ, Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and much more. The good news is that the upcoming Genesis Coupe will offer several new engine options for both global and US markets. In total there are three different engine options for the 2018 model year.
However, Hyundai is now working with only one new engine for the 2018 Genesis Coupe, while the rest is a revised old engine in order to improve fuel economy and its performance. Apart from that, in terms of design styling, the next-gen Genesis Coupe will most likely be inspired and take design cues from the Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept. The concept is really sharp with a dynamic body shape, as well as reflects a premium luxury sport coupe like the European luxury cars. It will also use Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Specs
Since this new model is targeted to be a truly high-performance sports coupe, so let’s talk more about engine specs. The Korean-based automaker will offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with several revisions for the upcoming Genesis Coupe. As you know that Hyundai has previously decided not to offer this 2.0-liter turbo-four for the 2015 Genesis Coupe in the US market. In its test mule, the prototype version of the latest Genesis Coupe is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine and it’s possible that this engine will be offered in its production version but with some revisions.
The 3.8-liter V6 engine is available with rear-wheel drive configuration that can be paired to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC features. The last transmission option is available only as optional in the US market, while the six-speed manual is offered as standard on the current model. As for the power and torque output, the naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine is claimed to deliver at least 348 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque @ 5,100 rpm.
Hyundai will also offer a new V8 engine
The Korean carmaker has also developed a new twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is labeled as 3.3T 8AT AWD with peak output at around 480 horsepower. This new engine has powered the 2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the company’s intensive testing. The 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine will only be offered on a high-performance version of the Genesis Coupe with the “N-performance” badge and will begin production later this year. So Hyundai certainly will not offer this turbo engine on the entry-level model. Power will be transferred to all wheels through the all-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic gearbox available as standard.
The biggest news is there will be a newly-developed 5.0-liter V8 engine for the 2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Hyundai offers this new engine in order to compete with some of its competitors in the high-performance sports car segment such as Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. This 5.0-liter V8 engine will probably be available next year when the new Genesis Coupe has reached the US dealer floor. The previous Genesis sedan has actually been powered by a powerful 5.0-liter Tau V8 GDI engine which is good for 420 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm. This engine is also available with a rear-wheel drive layout and eight-speed automatic transmission. A similar engine has also been offered on previous Hyundai Equus models, but with higher output. It’s a direct-injected 5.0-liter V8 engine that can crank out 429 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm.
2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Release Date and Price
Speaking about release date, the 2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is expected to be launched in the North American market later this year or sometime in mid-2018. The new model is expected to go on sale at a starting price of around $27,000 or in other words it will not be much different from previous price tag. As we know that the current model — 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has hit US dealers with a starting MSRP of $26,950 for the base model. While the most expensive version is Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate which starts at $33,750, this price has included shipping costs.