Named for its founder, Christian von Koenigsegg, the Koenigsegg marque is not well known, even among automotive enthusiasts. The Swedish-based automaker hand builds a small number of so-called supercars each year that post incredible performance numbers with equally unbelievable sticker prices.
Nissan’s luxury division introduced what was then called the Infiniti G35 mid-size sports coupe in 2004 as a racier companion to its similarly named sedan. As with the four-door version that preceded it, the coupe was part of the brand’s efforts to move its entire line of autos onto sportier-handling rear-wheel-drive platforms.
While the Genesis Coupe shares names and is mechanically related to Hyundai’s near-luxury rear-drive sedan, it’s far from being just a two-door version of that model. The Coupe is more-dramatically styled, offers an exclusive range of powertrains, carries a far sportier demeanor and costs less than the comparatively sedate sedan.
Most consumers consider hybrid gas/electric vehicles solely for their ability to consume as little fuel as possible. Honda, however, is reminding the car-buying public that they can also be fun to drive (provided you’re not expecting exotic-car performance) with its new-for-2011 CR-Z hybrid sports coupe.