Back in the day, the Mustangs and Camaros fought off challenges from upstart American cars. In order to do battle properly in the pony car wars, you had to have a V8 engine under the hood. Fewer than eight cylinders didn’t deliver the horsepower or the cred.

Things sure are different these days. The current crop of pony cars changes the game, if not the perception, and the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is case in point.

Ford and Chevy are going all out in the pony car battle, on both the V8 and V6 fronts. Marketing campaigns for the latest V6 models tout fuel efficiency right along with horsepower. The Genesis Coupe might appear to be undergunned, as it enters the battle with less power and lower fuel economy than the leader of the pack.

Cue up that Gomer Pyle sound byte, and get ready for a surprise, surprise

Resource: Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review