Review: 2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 “Track” — Track Tested

Posted on 06. Jun, 2012 by in Auto News

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Context to distort the phrase, is a hell of a drug. Anyone attempting a purchase decision on this fully loaded, $ 33,875 make (in the U.S.) to high power is impractical, fully loaded, sporty coupes need to put her face against a mirror and snort Context Open with both nostrils. In this brief review, we will first Cold Turkey, evaluation of the Genesis Coupe go on the track power without regard to the competition. When that's done, we will have a white-hot hit Context and try to determine if the pug-nosed Hyundai worth buying.

Our venue for the test Toronto Motorsports Park, a dead-flat road course, was in the approximate middle of nowhere and around Toronto close as "French bread" to France. TMP is not a very smart hotel, and it's definitely just the nature of the topography, which makes for exciting racing, but it has some second and third-gear corners, so it fits very well with what driver to experience fast roads. A trail map can be found here, if you want to follow.

To cleanse our palates and get to the track, I took my 2004 Porsche Boxster S "Edition 550 Spyder" out for some warm-up laps. The Boxster has long been a standard for on-track behavior and clear feedback, even if it is not a paragon of durability and quality. Remove tires from the equation, I threw on a set of Hoosier R6 tires before I rescued from the trash stack at Mid-Ohio 4 years or so. They do not very good any more, but they are consistent. After fifteen rounds, I traded in Genesis.

First impressions: the V-6 is strong and sounds good, fast-forward to the front with just more than a Boxster worth push. The brakes are good, but as usual. With "Brembo" packages on affordable expensive cars, they are not "anchor" or something The Porsche has the Hyundai beat Six Ways to Sunday here more pad area provides for less weight. No surprise. Time to 1 in third gear for quick turn and here we get the first surprise: the front end has a good, solid, no-BS handle. We are very close to the edge of traction on this first turn, and I'm not worried at all. Small movements of the wheel with the corresponding echo.

The Genesis comes on Turn 2 very quickly and the brakes begin to show their anger. I think that would be a good set of pads and some Super Blue or similar liquid resolve this issue. The basics are there, and in fact, later in the day when I worked consciously managing brake temperature I never an unpleasant surprise. Now it's time for the first dynamic problem with big Hyundai Coupe: gear and throttle mapping. It is reluctant to rev-match, no doubt due to the same type of emission test-friendly computer control, which can be frustrating in recent BMWs. I need second gear for Turn 3, but I can not, the speed is high enough and the transmission synchros are not willing to cover the gap. Instead, we coast through the third.

The gear ratios in the Coupe are not lit well with TMP, but a faster course was third gear a bit better. Mid-Ohio would be a nice place to run this car, there would Vir.

Turns 4 and 5 require a hard change of direction, something like a slalom test, and it is here that the Genesis is a weakness as well. Like it or not, this is a big car, small, not expand a small car in order to keep such a large engine. A Mustang worth of patience is required here. Your friends in Miatas will be long …

… But they withdrew before Seven using the engine. Now we can groove second and push the back straight. In an impromptu drag race with an Aston Vantage Genesis did not lose much ground. 8-9-10 we treat the complex as a straight and simple mash the Brembos for the hard left and run up to 11

The weight of the Genesis to 11 shares. Quite a bit of patience is required. In this regard, the Genesis really is a Ponycar. My runs on the route definition of modern pony cars like this: good on fast corners not so good on slow, and the Genesis lives up to the billing. And although the 3.8 has Power, It is of the nature of the low Torque so effortlessly transforms understeer in neutral balance in a car like, say, a 5.0 Mustang. (I know, I know, I promised "no context." Not every round or every article goes according to strict schedule.)

Turns 12 and 13 are to be found not so much of a difficulty, because the Genesis is easy to just place it on the curb at 13 exit. It is also here where the rear suspension seems. Most cars are easily excited by reducing hopping, and in fact a lot of drivers deliberately use the "kick" of a hard curb, throw a little more rotation into a corner. Not so in Genesis. Any attempts to Hooligan a curb with a well-damped outside tire firmly on the ground and stop the fun filled / idiocy / whatever. As a result of our re-entry to the front straight is much more disciplined than in the Boxster is.

The history of the stopwatch is that we. Approximately two seconds per lap behind the slick-shod Boxster and three seconds behind what we do say a E92 M3 on street tires This is a respectable area for any car, whether it is a 'budget Korean "or not. Genesis can provide the proverbial mail. You do not need to make excuses for them.

I noticed this in my video, but it's worth re-statement: The Genesis does not simply deliver the long hood, Center-of-Gravity feeling you get in a Mustang or Camaro. It feels like every other two-door every other imported mid-size sedan. The hood is not very visible, the low hip point, but not as exciting, and the control measures are always mild. Thinking 328i or G37. My Audi S5 actually more dramatic proportions and a more conventional Ponycar-ish seating position than the Genesis. It was also useful in the real world faster that suspicion in me that Audi 350 horseps not generated from the same breeder as Hyundai 348th

Once the route, we can take a moment to notice that the interior is spacious enough for my 6'2 ", 230-pound self, even if the vent of my helmet rubbing the roof anytime seat adjustment used except by Ron O O'Neal, in "Superfly". The shifter is acceptable, but a bit like the pull-mechanisms FWD Hyundai feels used. Bimmer The accuracy of a box is not available here. Visibility is excellent at the front, slightly dangerous to the rear. All I can see seems to be of good quality and at least equal to what you. in, say, to find a used G35 Coupe

This phrase "used G35 Coupe", we enter into the very contextual part of the review. Can you quickly go for $ 33,875? Sure. Go buy a D Sports Racer or used Formula Atlantic car. A five-liter Mustang will cost a few more great when you adjust for trim: the base GT is $ 2500 more than the 3.8 R-Spec and the GT Premium has two large or so above this "Track" model. Do not kid yourself that the cars are in the vicinity: as we will in a later test the Mustang this week put the pain on Genesis throughout the track is running and it will not have been losing a lot of ground. It has. Probably a real hundred horsepower on Genesis, and it is aligned much better for track work

The Camaro and Challenger are really too bulky to be taken directly to the Genesis account. What's out there? Well, you have hardware as the base 328i Coupé. I would not bet on it five U.S. dollars based 328i remain within range of one Genesis on track. Better to update the 335i and make sure it's nice and cool outside for the Turbos. The Audi S5's in a different neighborhood pricing, plus it now comes with this candy-assed V-6. No, thank you.

It is understood, of course, almost, that V-6 FWD cars like the Accord Coupe does not have a prayer of running with the Genesis, right? Well, you said anyway. It seems that the Genesis really no natural competition, nothing that offers the same type of package for the same kind of relationship.

Except, of course, because the used G35 Coupe. Too bad that it is not fair to compare used and new cars. If it was fair, I could compare a beat-up Testarossa the Genesis and declare the winner based on the factor of "Miami Vice Gotta Have It". In the new-car world, I think, the best, most honest competitor to the Genesis, on the track or off, is the six-speed Infiniti G37. It costs about eleven thousand dollars more than the Hyundai. Thus, not much faster, if at all. Does not too much more in the way of intrinsic quality, visual stimuli or – sad to say – brand prestige. I could not recommend this G37 Genesis, who was not a complete Nissan or Infiniti fanatics.

The loose track rat will be satisfied by the Genesis Coupe. If you are more hardcore than that, you have a five-liter Mustang for a few dollars. If you do not so much worry about lap times would be the Accord Coupe fit the bill. Within its narrow range, but the Genesis 3.8 track is a solid winner.