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Hyundai’s Genesis coupe has emerged as a true player in the sports coupe segment of the automotive marketplace. Recently redrawn with a more muscular exterior, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate M/T is everything its name purports to be. It’s got the big engine, all the goodies Hyundai could stuff within its bodylines and a manual transmission.

A two-door, rear-wheel-drive formal coupe with trunk, the Genesis in Tsukuba red with black leather interior is purposeful, elegant, highway patrol inducing and buckets of fun to drive. It was an easy car to find in the designated pick-up spot at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with the bright red paint and the fetch-me attitude.

The doors open with a slight dip to the windows and seal perfectly. Build quality on this coupe is superb. The V-6 direct-injected 3.8-liter engine fires up with an audible growl (even with windows closed) from its double pipes that presages 348 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 5100. Redline is 6750 rpm. This Hyundai’s six-speed manual transmission shifts like vanilla ice cream: sweet, smooth to the taste and easy to digest. Gear ratios are perfect for in-town cut-and-thrust and over-the-road driving.
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Suspension is MacPherson strut and multi-link with stabilizer bars at each end; Brembo brakes provide instant stoppage with zero fade and grab, exactly what you’d expect from a company that provides stopping power for all major players in modern motorsports. Speed-sensing hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering is precise and effective. With variegated 19-inch Bridgestone rubber of 225/40R front and 245/40R rear on gorgeous twinned five-spoke rims, this 3503-pound machine sits, stays and runs like a sleek greyhound.

There’s space for four standard-sized adults in the 2014 Hyundai Genesis coupe – whether ordered with this engine or the 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged unit – and they’ll all be comfortable with truly supportive seats front and rear. Front seats offer two levels of heating, both front windows have one-touch operation, there’s a small, one-touch sunroof to let the sunshine in. Rearward vision, normally a problem on coupes of this type is quite good, which is essential because the one thing this Hyundai lacks is a rear camera. It does beep warnings.

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate M/T has a list price, including freight of $34,295. There were no options on this vehicle. It has navigation, satellite radio within the Infinity 360-watt, 10-speaker audio system, easy phone sync, proximity key with pushbutton start, an excellent trip computer, temperature gauge, fog lights. There are auxiliary gauges on the center stack that give info on fuel consumption, torque and oil temperature.

The central storage/armrest has a single 12-volt and is nicely finished. Secondary covered storage at the base of the center stack has space for the phone, another 12-volt plug, auxiliary and USB to keep all devices humming. Real people can sit in the rear and it’s easily accessibly with pulls to the outside of each front seat. Cargo space is a usable 10 cubic feet.

With an EPA rating of 16/24/19 from the 17.2-gallon tank, one would think this a thirsty beast, but we managed to put close to 250 miles on the Hyundai – not driving with economy on the mind – and still had about half a tank in reserve. Premium fuel is required. While this vehicle wasn’t rated for front and side crashes, it does have five-star ratings in case of a rollover, which tells us just how good that build quality is! There are four head cushion airbags.
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Illinois is known for its toll roads and we visited quite a few of them. To a person, every single toll-taker remarked on how neat the car is as they separated us from our hard-earned money. They’re right. It is neat – an outstanding and rewarding sport coupe for the money that can easily be a daily driver bringing smiles to the driver every day!

Fun to drive, great to admire from a distance or close-up, purposeful with even a rear wing that’s unobtrusive and still aids downforce, this 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Ultimate M/T sounds and looks menacing, yet is a great partner for any driver that enjoys the open road. I’d have one in a heartbeat.

Words and photos by Anne Proffit