If you’re like me, the first thing that came to mind when Hyundai announced a new 429 horsepower V8 for the Genesis sedan was a hotter version of the Genesis Coupe. Who wouldn’t want an R-Spec Genesis Coupe with that much horsepower and a six speed manual gearbox? It would be the ultimate track day terror for those of us on a budget, but it looks like Hyundai isn’t thinking along the same lines. Even worse, the Genesis Coupe won’t be getting the same upgraded 3.8 liter V6 as the sedan, which now puts out 333 horsepower and 291 ft lb of torque. The Coupe stays the course with the 3.8 liter V6 putting out a mere 306 horsepower.
Autoblog broke the news on this, based on their conversation with Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor. When asked point blank if the Coupe would get the same 3.8 liter V6 as the sedan, Trainor replied, “you won’t see any difference to the Genesis Coupe powertrain for a little while.” A little while is more than vaguely ambiguous, so it probably means one of two things: either Hyundai wants to run down dealer inventory of the current V6 Genesis Coupes before announcing the upgraded engine, or Hyundai won’t make any changes at all to the Genesis Coupe until a facelift comes in 2012 or 2013. That’s a shame, because the Genesis Coupe could be very competitive in the segment with a few minor changes. Drop in the V8, and it could be more than competitive.