In 2009, Hyundai launched an aggressive marketing campaign for the new release of the Genesis sedan with Rhys Millen drifting the car to music by Billy Corgan during a Super Bowl advertisement. The Hyundai Genesis was a step in the right direction for the Korean manufacturer that once prided itself on producing cheap, economical vehicles in the late ’80s. The debut of the sleek and sporty-looking Genesis sedan raised plenty of eyebrows and curiosity among auto manufacturers and sport compact enthusiasts alike with Hyundai offering both a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.8L V-6 versions.
The Genesis coupe is no slouch when it comes to vehicle performance. The DOHC 3.8L V-6 engine pumps out a factory rated 306 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with its nimble handling and eye-catching looks begs to be driven and driven hard.
Drawing vehicle comparisons among many cars, including the BMW 1 Series, Infiniti G37 coupe, or the Nissan 370Z, the Genesis coupe’s overall sales have been lackluster since its debut in the spring of 2009. The most talked about drawback being the 3,389-pound curb weight for the V-6 and 3,294 pounds for the four-cylinder model in comparison to the more lightweight 3,254-pound all-wheel-drive EVO IX GSR.
Before strapping the Genesis on the dyno, we performed routine maintenance, including an oil change and spark plug check/replacement. In stock trim, the V-6 delivered 253.3 hp and 235.1 lb-ft of torque to the wheels.
DC Sports DTS (Dual Tip System) Exhaust
Exhaust, X-pipe, mid-piping, gaskets, mounting hardware, instructions
10, 12, and 14mm sockets; 10, 12, and 14mm open-end wrenches; ratchet; extension; crescent wrench; and WD-40
The DC Sports DTS exhaust system features dual 2.5-inch mandrel piping, and a high-flow muffler for optimum flow. Constructed out of polished stainless steel and finished with dual 3-inch polished 304 stainless tips, the DC Sports DTS exhaust system replaces the factory Y-pipe with a performance X-pipe to help scavenge exhaust pulses from one bank as the opposite exhaust pulse passes through the X, delivering horsepower throughout the rpm range with an emphasis on high rpm power.
Due to the DC Sports exhausts four-piece design, we suggest asking for assistance to help speed up the installation process.
Dyno testing the exhaust revealed an increase in power and torque throughout the powerband, with gains of 8 hp and 6 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm over our previous run, along with plenty of gains in the midrange to the top end.
AEM Cold Air Intake System
Intake, filter, hose clamps, hoses, mounting hardware, license plate frame, and stickers
12, 14, 16, and 17mm sockets, swivels, ratchet, open-end wrenches, exten- sions, breaker bar, antiseize, WD-40, screwdriver, and pliers
The AEM cold air intake uses a man-drel-bent 6061-aluminum inlet pipe attached to a one-piece, four-layer, cotton gauze air filter for improved airflow. AEM engineered the inlet pipe to specific length and diameter to match the engine’s resonance, help-ing to move more air to the cylinders. Monitoring fuel trim correction factors and all OBD II sensors during R&D created a product that won’t lean out the engine and/or throw a check engine light.
Installing the AEM cold air system requires removal of the passenger fender liner and access panels. Although the process is time-consuming, we found this setback to be of minor inconvenience, knowing our intake would be ingesting healthy dosages of cold air.
The AEM intake system increased both horsepower and torque throughout the powerband as our Genesis recorded the largest gains in the top end from 6,000 rpm to redline with a gain of 15 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque.