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Hyundai Genesis: coupe's conundrum

Clutch pedal-feel is just about perfect. It offers a little resistance to let you know that you're piloting a serious sports car but nothing more, and definitely nothing that would ever threaten to tire-out the left leg muscles.

Brembo brakes on all four corners provide more than adequate stopping power even from ice-cold. The front measure in at 13.4 inches, while the rear make due with an even 13. Both employ a monobloc four-piston set-up.

The Genesis Coupe incorporates an identical flexible rear-wheel drive architecture that was originally developed for the Genesis sports sedan. The coupe makes use of a MacPherson strut, dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension setup.

At 3450 pounds, in standard form, the Genesis coupe cannot be called a light sports car. The standard-equipment list includes a six-speed manual transmission, power locks and windows, cruise control, stability control, a trip computer, and stereo auxiliary jacks. Additionally, our test car came equipped with satellite radio, sat-nav, leather and a moonroof -- all of which obviously tipped the scale upwards, as well as the price to just about $29k.

Pushing and shoving this car to its boundaries is an absolute joy. The amount of therapy that can be had by finding its outer limits can only be described as sinister. And yes, in order to fully exploit one must first switch off the traction control.

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