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Old 07-25-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drive Event

Today I went to a special event for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It was very similar to the ones Ford has had and GM had back in 2005 where they went around the US allowing customers to experience their products on a closed course. I was extremely impressed with the event. I wish the track was longer, but what can you do lol. Anyway, it was exclusively for the new Genesis Coupe and I was excited to test out this new performance coupe from Hyundai, especially after hearing so many great things about it and personally blogging about it for months. The event was small, but had plenty to offer, even more then I thought. First off, they had the Red Bull Drift Competition Genesis Race car that has been used for drifting, and that placed 1st in its 2wd class at this passed weekends Pikes Peak Hill Climb. So first thing you see when you walk into the tent is this and good job on their part for showing what the Genesis is really about. As an enthusiast I fully support and applaud them for marketing this car as a performance drivers car, and stepping in to include it in as many race programs as possible. I did not have a chance to register online so I wasnt sure if they'd let me in, but they had no problem at all and welcomed me and my mom...yes I went with my mom, and she drove too lol. She drives a Santa Fe after all. Anyway, waiting in line was very short. I tried out both the 2.0L Turbo and the 3.8L V6, unfortunately since I don't drive stick they only had a base model Turbo there without the track pack. So I wasnt able to see the full potential of the turbo but still for a base car, it still was a good ride and you could have plenty of fun in it. Turbo noise is basically no-resistant and I really didn't notice lag at all. In both models, the automatics shifted nicely and quickly, I didnt feel that it was horrible and slow to shift, especially in the turns. I tried out the sport mode manual shift as well, and it worked nicely. Its not as fast as some others out there, but it was not slow at all and I could tell it was tuned for performance. The 3.8L with the track pack was a different animal though, it was great, it was very quick and it handle much better then the 2.0L Turbo, although I'm sure if it was a track pack turbo it would of handled better because of the lighter front end. A track turbo was on site but it was a stick. BTW, traction control was turned off on all of the cars lol....Awesome. The 3.8L was a great ride and definitely something to look at if you weren't planning on modding.

The Track pack is truly a great deal, for the money I can't think of a better bargin. You get 4 pot brembo brakes, 19inch alloys with bridgestone pontenza's summer tires, limited slip diff, sport suspension, aero kit, HID headlights and a few other options. For 2000 dollars more on the 3.8 and 2500 on the 2.0L Turbo, that is one hell of a deal, especially since the first 3 things on the options list, brembos, suspension and lsd would probably cost that much if not more. Of course you get the other list of standard features that Hyundai puts on their products, especially safety. Traction control, ESC, ABS and brake assist all come standard. I almost forgot, the seats were awesome. Amazing sport seats from the factory, very supportive on both the bottom and the sides. No sliding at all.

Ok so the part of the event that I didnt expect. Only a select few get to go and I was lucky enough to be one of them. One of the instructors take you out and you can either go in the donut circle or around the track. No you don't get to drive but its something different that I never experienced before, especially at one of these driving events. Gm certainly didnt have this, both Ford and them had mph signs and told you not to go over a certain speed...not to mention non of them turned of traction control lol. So I was taken out in the 3.8L V6 Track and the instructor did a bunch of donuts. Maybe nothing too special, but at this event it was, and since it was my first donut ever. Instead of going back, he drove to the start of the track, which he wasnt suppose to do but I guess I got lucky. He lit up the tires and gunned it down the straight and then drifted around the rest of the track. It was awesome. I felt like I was in that commercial, only difference was that I was in a blue one instead of a yellow one. Which the blue color is awesome.

Again I have been very impressed with Hyundai and their progress over the years, and the Genesis Coupe and what they have done with it in such a short time just tops it off. The event was great, and more then I expected it to be. The staff were knowledgeable and very friendly. I was very happy the Hyundai stuck to what this car is about and didn't water down the experience by having a half ass track and telling you to slow down or anything. A few people actually spun out, and they were totally ok with that, but of course they were...they turned off the traction control lol. The donuts and the drifting just made the experience even better. I know a lot of people on this forum and out there amongst the general public still look at Hyundai as a bottom of the tier brand and not worth anyone's time. But as I've been saying for the past year, they have truly come along way, and I think they can hang with just about any company now, even the premium luxury brands. The Genesis lineup are great products and I would recommend both to anyone. Not to mention for as much fun as I had in the Genesis coupe...their 10 year/100,000 Mile warranty sounds pretty good.

Its a new Hyundai...go out and experience it yourself.

http://www.drivegenesis.com/


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Old 07-25-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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They do offer reasonable price with alot of standard features, and the warranty.
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Yeah they're decent cars, but i'd still rather get a Mustang GT over them. just my opinion though.
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Instead of going back, he drove to the start of the track, which he wasnt suppose to do but I guess I got lucky. He lit up the tires and gunned it down the straight and then drifted around the rest of the track. It was awesome. I felt like I was in that commercial, only difference was that I was in a blue one instead of a yellow one.
That sounds like fun.

How did you hear about this event?
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Yeah they're decent cars, but i'd still rather get a Mustang GT over them. just my opinion though.
As a die hard mustang fan, I probably would too, especially since the new one is so great and with the track pack it handles amazingly for a car with a live rear axle.

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That sounds like fun.

How did you hear about this event?
Since my parents own a Santa Fe we got a invitation in the mail. Head down to LA for the event dude, not sure how far that is from you, but its a lot of fun. When you go there immediately ask one of the instructors about going out with an instructor and doing donuts and drifting. They said they only do it every hour.

Something I also forgot to mention. I didnt even really think about it today, I just saw a car designed for performance and a great sound. But now that I'm thinking about it, the exhaust sound from the 3.8L V6 was awesome. When I think of the sound I don't think v6. It was deep and throaty, it wasn't light sounding, or high rev sounding, or Japanese v6 sounding like the 6's from Nissan. It reminded me of a v8 and I thought that was awesome. They really did a lot of things right with this car. The only thing I found wrong with it was that there is no head room in the back, you gotta be like 5.5 or less.

But who buys this kind of car to haul people in the back anyway
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Yeah that's like an 8 hour drive... one way. I don't think I want to test drive the Genesis that bad, why no San Francisco? Maybe they already had it.
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Yeah that's like an 8 hour drive... one way. I don't think I want to test drive the Genesis that bad, why no San Francisco? Maybe they already had it.
That is a long way...I only had to go 20 mins from my house lol. If I had to go buy a car right now, the Genesis would be on my list and it might be in my driveway. Of course thats mainly b/c I got it on the brain today, tomorrow or sometime next week I'll be thinking about something else lol. The 2.0 Track model is a great buy, I'd definitely have to get a standard transmission in that one. But since I really don't need a premium sound system or a sun roof, which again the sun roof cuts down on rear head room, I would probably wait for the R-spec model, which gets rid of these options and then some while retaining the track pack. Basically your true enthusiasts car. I know they coming out with an R-spec for the 2.0 but I hope they come out with it for the 3.8 as well.
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The Genisus, would def be a choice for a new car fro me right now. Im waiting to see what the aftermarket comes up with for the 2.5T.
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