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by Tim Beissmann

Hyundai has confirmed the details of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe at the vehicle’s domestic market launch at the Korea Speed Festival 2011 in Yeongam.

We’ve already seen the significant exterior design enhancements in a series of teaser photos, but the big news from the Korean unveiling is the powertrain upgrades.

The entry-level four-cylinder Genesis Coupe gets an uprated version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged Theta engine. Thanks to a new twin-scroll turbo and a larger radiator intercooler, the engine’s performance increases from 160kW/294Nm to a brutal 202kW of power and 373Nm of torque.

The larger 3.8-litre Lambda V6 has also been enhanced. It now produces 257kW of power and 400Nm of torque, up considerably from the old model’s 228kW/361Nm output.

Both engines are teamed to a six-speed manual transmission, and an eight-speed automatic is now available as an option on both models. The auto is designed to be more fuel efficient, produce smoother shifts and encourage more dynamic performance.

Hyundai hasn’t officially announced the vehicles’ performance specs yet, but both are expected to improve dramatically over the previous 0-100km/h sprint times of 6.8 seconds for the 2.0-litre and 5.7 seconds for the V6.

Along with the exterior, the cabin has undergone a subtle makeover for the mid-life model refresh. The new model sports higher quality materials, metal highlights and multi-gauge in the centre console to provide instant driver feedback and heighten the high-tech feel.

More details are expected to be revealed in the lead-up to the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s US debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Earlier this year, Hyundai Australia confirmed the Genesis Coupe would go on sale in Australia, although we will have to wait for the all-new model to arrive, which won’t be until at least 2013.




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