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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hyundai Axed the Turbo Four in the 2015 Genesis Coupe

 

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The report comes from The Korean Car Blog, which reveals that all three 2.0-liter options (Base, R-Spec, and Premium) of the 2015 Genesis Coupe have been cut, along with the Grand Touring trim on the 3.8-liter V6 model. However, a new 3.8 Base trim has been added to account for the lack of a smaller engine, which includes the six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission.
 
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The move appears rather late in the current Genesis Coupe’s lifespan, however it does help support two important shifts in the model. Hyundai seems to be closing the gap between the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, the latter of which starts at $35,200 – nearly $7,000 more than the two-door. Secondly, it seems Hyundai is scaling down options for the current model with its sights set on debuting the next-gen Coupe in 2016.

The decision to chase Infiniti’s coattails in the luxury market won’t likely appease the vast tuning crowd that absolutely loves these four-cylinder engines and their ability to handle higher boost, but it does grant the Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS a much larger share of the rear-drive coupe marketplace.