Hyundai Genesis Coupe vs. Scion FR-S vs. Subaru BRZ: The Winner?September 18th, 2012 by Armaan Almeida
The new-for-2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ performance coupe twins are making waves with the press and car-buying public, who have fallen in love with a winning blend of low cost of entry, true sports car handling and smooth power delivery. But Hyundai USA will not be outdone, its thrilling Genesis Coupe 2.0T receiving 73 more horsepower for 2013 along with refreshed exterior and interior styling. Which four-seat adrenaline rush is worth your approximately $25k? For that we turn to Winding Road magazine for a complete comparison test.
The FR-S and BRZ, sharing a platform and 2.0-liter 200-horsepower Subaru-designed boxer engine with port and direct injection, are more similar than they are different. While your decision will likely come down to styling, you should know that the two cars do have subtle handling differences. The Scion is sprung more tightly in the rear, leading to more-direct road feel but less high-speed stability, Winding Road says. The Hyundai now comes with 274 horsepower from its turbo 2.0 inline-four. Despite around 600 lbs. extra heft, the Genesis Coupe is simply quicker and faster, at least in a straight line.
Get to the track and things get a little harder to judge. The FR-S and BRZ have a more direct connection to the road, their higher cornering limits and confidence-inspiring shifter outshining the Hyundai. That said, we suspect track times will be similar, owing to the Genesis Coupe’s big horsepower advantage.
The Verdict: The Genesis Coupe is a fine vehicle that will please even the most discerning driver, but the BRZ and FR-S win in the end thanks to raw driving excitement unmatched anywhere near this price point. In the last decade. Our pick? The BRZ, its simpler classic styling and more-cohesive interior subjectively pushing it over the top.