I'm so glad my dad is once again working at a car company that sells a car I lust for. Please excuse the half-assed pictures, I took them with my phone.
Apparently this is a display car Hyundai Sweden is keeping at the moment. It just came back from repairs after some dealer crashed it, and the entire driver's side is new (including the door and all the body panels). Fortunately, it can't have been too serious a crash because it drove like new (even when I pushed it a little).
This is the second time I've driven a Genesis Coupe (last year I drove a 2012 3.8 slushbox, but was still too inexperienced a driver to get to push it even a little), and I've got to say I really like it. My dad isn't as enthusiastic about it (as in the 2.0T 6-speed stick, he thinks the 3.8 8-speed slushbox is pretty good as a GT) and kept comparing it to our '91 NA MX-5, which is a quite unfair comparison if you ask me. Sure, by that comparison both the car itself and the clutch feel a bit heavy and it has a tendency to oversteer when you lay on the boost mid-corner (to be honest, what RWD turbo car doesn't oversteer when the boost kicks in?), but I can't help but like it regardless. Hyundai made a Toyobaru before it was cool, and they had the decency to give it a turbo 4-banger (or a big V6, but it's slushbox-only here in Europe).
The front might be uglier since they facelifted it in 2012, but the rear still looks good to me.
The gearbox had quite short throws, which was really nice, and although the clutch was quite heavy (as mentioned) and took a bit of getting used to (I've been forced to drive slushbox a lot lately), it was really nice once I got the hang of it. Power delivery was surprisingly smooth, with plenty of torque and surprisingly little turbo lag. Revving it to the limit, the turbo kicked in at around 4,000 RPM and supported it all the way to the rather low 6,200(-ish?) redline. Come to think about it, I'd never personally driven a performance-focused turbocharged (as compared to economy-focused, see the new-ish VW Golf I drove in driver's ed.) car before this, and it had a really nice feel to it (not to mention the whine at around 4.5-6k RPM and the audible spool-down when decelerating again).
Me boosta! Gotta love having a boost gauge. A USB port, audio port and lighter are hiding behind that panel.
Three pedals fo' lyfe, yo (small clarification: my right food is covering the gas pedal).
I'm not too fond of the color of these seats, but otherwise I liked it. I'm generally not too picky about interiors though, as long as they are black (Henry Ford would have loved me).
Thanks for not hiding the engine under a ton of plastic, Hyundai. The snail is hiding on the other side of the block. This engine, designated the Theta 2.0 TCi (or GDi, sources seem to differ), is actually extremely similar to the 4B11T in the 2008-present Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, to the point where parts will interchange between them (or at least according to Wikipedia):
The Theta block used is very similar to the Mitsubishi Evolution X 4B11T, as core components like pistons and rods are said should move freely between them, however, the two engines are not identical.
This, consequently, means that there are already aftermarket parts around for it, so tuning it beyond the current 271 hp and 275 lb·ft should be quite easy. I'm definitely getting a 2009-2011 2.0T for this very purpose once they start dropping in price on the used market in a few years.
I only drove it for about 30 minutes, and I really want to spend more time with it. Fortunately, my dad said he'll probably get to borrow it more times since it's a display car. That might change, however, since they're apparently going to cease importing the Genesis Coupe to Europe altogether now due to poor sales...
Please don't go away so soon, we only just met!