Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets Hyundai Assurance, powertrain upgrades

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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe press photo

(Photo courtesy Hyundai)

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has always been attractive to me — and that’s probably the idea, aiming a sporty coupe squarely at a late-twentysomething male — but incremental improvements like these are making it even more attractive.

In a press release, the automaker said the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets powertrain upgrades in addition to Hyundai Assurance telematics services. At the top of the powertrain list: The available eight-speed automatic transmission will rev-match its downshifts so you sound like someone who is not only driving a stick — which you aren’t — but also someone who knows how to drive a stick well — which, let’s be honest, you probably don’t.

If you opt for the six-speed manual transmission, first of all, bully for you, picking the correct transmission in a sports car, and secondly, Hyundai said the synchronizer rings have been changed from the previous units to carbon-coated high-performance ones. That should make shifts more precise and enhance the synchros’ durability, according to Hyundai. The stick-shift Hyundai Genesis also gets standard hill-start assist for 2014, the release said.

To help the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder make a better impression with those seeking a visceral audio experience, Hyundai said the Hyundai Genesis Coupe equipped with that engine gets an engine intake sound induction pipe. I’ve heard of this strategy on Fords in the past — the basic idea being to pipe engine noise into the cabin at the most favorable harmonic levels.

Other than the powertrain enhancements, Hyundai Genesis Coupe owners who opt for BlueLink telematics will get a reassuring round of features: Hyundai Assurance Connected Care telematics standard for three years, automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, a monthly vehicle health report, a maintenance alert, automatic diagnostics trouble code notifications, recall adviser, and in-vehicle maintenance scheduling.

Having driven a couple of Hyundais last year, I’d by lying if I said I didn’t hope the Genesis Coupe found its way into my hands in 2014.

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