Although the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is offered with an optional V6, it's likely that the turbocharged 2.0T version is destined to be the more popular choice. It's less expensive and lighter, plus it's got a happy spinny thing under the hood known as a turbo. And when it comes to tuning potential, a turbo is hard to beat.
We tested a bone stock Genesis Coupe 2.0T on MD Automotive's Dynojet chassis dyno located in Westminster, CA. Hyundai says its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generates 210 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque at the flywheel, and like most factory ratings for turbo cars, those numbers are a bit on the conservative side.
Peak torque arrives at 2500 rpm and then peters out all the way to redline. Clearly, Hyundai's prioritiy in crafting this type of power delivery was to ensure the Genesis Coupe 2.0T felt responsive around town.
This run was performed in fourth gear. Third gear produced a lower peak torque value since the engine would "outrun" the turbo--the engine revved through 2500 rpm quicker than the turbo could provide the requisite boost.
Here's something to help prop up that torque curve at higher engine speeds. When we were strapping the car down to the dyno rollers, we saw this:
As if the Genesis 2.0T's two catalysts bricks and dual mufflers weren't providing enough exhaust backpressure, the company's engineers went ahead and smashed the exhaust down for good measure. Okay, it's that way to provide miles of clearance for the chassis brace underneath, but that it further reduces dangerous horsepower is like a gimmie for tuners.