A 348-horsepower V6 is now standard for 2015 and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or optional eight-speed automatic.
It can’t be an easy road for the Genesis Coupe these days, with strong competition coming from the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. All three headline-grabbers provide plenty of choices for buyers, especially under the hood. The Genesis Coupe can’t touch them for raw power, but Hyundai is stepping up its game by retiring the turbocharged four-cylinder that was standard for 2014 and placing the previously optional V6 in the spotlight as the sole powerplant. That engine is rated at 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, topping the domestic ponycar trio’s V6 engines. The 3.8 comes with a six-speed manual transmission, while an eight-speed automatic is optional. It has a rev-matching program that blips the throttle when downshifting to help keep the car stable. That combination certainly gives the Genesis Coupe something to brag about, along with an attractive appearance that received considerable updating for 2014. The Coupe’s lines are crisp and taut, the wind-cheating roofline is fastback smooth and the stance is perfectly low and squat. Inside there are soft-touch materials on the door panels and dashboard, while metal and chrome accents stand out on the door handles, center stack and gauge cluster. Base models arrive fairly well turned-out, while selecting the 3.8 Ultimate lets you feast on a power sunroof, touch-screen navigation, premium audio system and heated leather seats. The 3.8 R-Spec option group comes with a stiffer suspension, six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, Brembo-brand brakes, sport seats and 19-inch alloy wheels (18s are standard). The Coupe’s slight $400 base price increase for 2015 is fair and competitive with similar domestic-based sporty models.