Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Subaru BRZ or Toyota 86?

Mar 31, 2012
Hi, Botchi! 

I've been reading your replies to other readers for quite some time now and I really like the advice you give--short, direct, and concise--so I thought of finally dropping you a note on what I've been thinking about over the past few weeks. I hope you'll help me finally make up my mind.

I've been fond of cars since I started driving at 16--a good 12 years ago.

Since coming back to the Philippines and starting to work here again last year, I've started on saving up to buy my own car. This will be my first-ever car purchase so I'm looking for a nice sports coupe, which I can take to the track (with my friends who drive Subaru Imprezas) every once in a while. I'd also want to tune it and tinker with it, and keep it (for sentimental reasons) until hopefully long after I retire.


My budget now is P1.4 million, which is right where the entry-level Hyundai Genesis Coupe falls so that's the easiest to get. But since I've been hearing news about the Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 and even the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe arriving this year, I've been dilly-dallying on whether or not it's better to wait (and for how long?) and stretch my budget a little bit (for which car?). I'm also wondering if it's better to just get it over with and get the Genesis Coupe at P1.4 million or stretch it still and get the 3.8 V6 for P1.75 million.

I hope you can help me find the perfect car.

Thanks in advance!


Hi, Justin!

Thanks for your email. This is definitely one enviable list of cars you're contemplating on getting!

One problem facing our country is that we are such a small market with a small demand for these premium products so we are usually the last to get an allocation in the production schedule from factories abroad. Bigger markets such as the US, Europe and Japan get dibs on the newest, latest sports cars. With this in mind, it's hard to say when exactly we will be getting the cars you've mentioned.

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I asked around some of the big bosses and here's the feedback I got.

The Subaru BRZ will arrive supposedly in the Philippine market by the third quarter of 2013. The Toyota 86's supposed schedule, on the other hand, is end-2012 at the soonest--if we're lucky. The Genesis facelift will hopefully be introduced in the middle of 2012 with a new line of direct injection gasoline engines that make far more power, lower emission and have better fuel efficiency.

My best bet is the Genesis in V6 form with the direct injection engine. It would be hard to beat 345hp out of the box and it's already on sale in other markets so we're bound to get it really soon.

Happy motoring! Be safe and God bless!

Botchi Santos
Consumer editor

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