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We Hear: 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drops Turbo 2.0-liter

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/31/2014 Jason Udy

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will no longer offer the 274-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, reports Automotive News. That move would leave the currently optional 348-hp 3.8-liter V-6 as the Genesis Coupe’s sole powertrain.

By only offering the more powerful V-6, it is “going to allow us to reposition the coupe with a more premium performance buyer,” Derek Joyce, Hyundai spokesman, told Automotive News.

The automaker has already pushed the second-generation 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan upmarket with refined styling, more luxurious interior, and improved driving dynamics. Currently, there is a $3000 spread between the base 2014 Genesis Coupe 2.0T and base 2014 Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec model ($27,245 and $30,245, respectively). However, the automaker doesn’t intend to alienate its buyers by hiking up the base price.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

“We will accommodate the full range of Genesis Coupe buyers by repackaging equipment to meet everything from an entry-level buyer to a fully-loaded buyer,” Joyce said. Hyundai hasn’t revealed pricing for the 2015 model.

If that happens, the entry-level 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the 3.8-liter V-6 could be priced lower than the 2014 Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, though the car would likely have less standard equipment. A lower entry price would be a V-6 only lineup could help sales from dipping as sales of the Genesis Coupe are split nearly evenly between turbo I-4 and V-6 models. Both engines are backed by a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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