The Rear-Drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe Is Dead

Now that Genesis is Hyundai's luxury brand, there's seemingly no room for a stick-shift, rear-drive performance coupe.

<p>At six model years old, the big Genesis coupe wasn't exactly a young whippersnapper, but it seems younger that that, doesn't it? The Korean coupe represented a bright light at a time when the auto market is increasingly devoid of affordable rear-wheel-drive, stick-shift cars, but the writing had been on the wall for the Genesis coupe since at least the 2015 model year, when Hyundai axed the base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the lineup, leaving only the big 348-hp 3.8-liter V-6. While recent concepts such as&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Vision G coupe</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Genesis New York</a>&nbsp;give us hope that Hyundai will once again bring both a coupe and a sportier model to its Genesis luxury brand, we're less optimistic that any future Genesis vehicle will offer a manual transmission to accompany its rear-wheel-drive chassis.&nbsp;<em data-redactor-tag="em">—Greg Fink</em><span data-redactor-tag="span"></span></p>

After eight years in production, the rear-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe is no more. It's a move that was inevitable, given that Hyundai now has a new luxury brand called Genesis, and selling cars called "Genesis" under two different brands would be bizarre. Hyundai's first (and so far only) sports car doesn't have an immediate replacement, but a more luxurious coupe from the Genesis brand will eventually hit the market.

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The news of the Genesis Coupe's cancellation was first , which reports that a new Genesis luxury coupe could arrive by 2021. We previously reported that people within Hyundai want Genesis to make a halo sports car, though the company doesn't have a definitive timeline for such a vehicle.

"A new, more sophisticated and luxurious coupe appropriate for the new Genesis brand is currently under development," a Hyundai spokesperson . A BMW M4-rivaling luxury coupe tuned by Hyundai's "N" performance division is said to be in the works, but it's unclear if this is the Genesis Coupe replacement alluded to.

Despite checking all the right boxes–inexpensive, rear-wheel drive, stick shift, 348-hp V6–the Genesis Coupe never captured car enthusiast hearts the way that its competitors did. Hopefully the tepid response to the Genesis Coupe hasn't turned Hyundai/Genesis away from building more performance cars in the future, because we'd love to see what the company has up its sleeve.

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