Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe will be available as an R-Spec model that's stripped down and ready to race.
Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe has some impressive performance credentials; it's hard to go wrong with a choice of 210-horsepower four-cylinder or 300-horsepower 3.8 liter V6 directing power to the rear wheels, after all. Just after announcing pricing for the new Genesis Coupe at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the version that the enthusiasts were no doubt hoping for; the Genesis Coupe R-Spec.
The Genesis Coupe is already available with an optional "Track" package, with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, bigger wheels, a limited-slip rear differential and a stiffer suspension. The R-Spec adds to this package with a diet, removing all of the unnecessary options to leave a "blank slate" for performance enthusiasts to modify.
The Genesis R-Spec is equipped with the 2.0T engine and a six-speed manual transmission, a lowered suspension and 19-inch wheels. Want an automatic transmission? It's not offered on the R-Spec. Performance tires and Brembo brakes front and rear improve the car's grip and response, and the Torsen limited-slip differential is shared with the Track model. The R-Spec improves on that by tossing out nonessentials like the cruise control, Bluetooth connectors, automatic headlights and trip computer. The R-Spec stickers for about $3000 less than the Track model, with prices starting at $23,750.
Note: Spec-R photos will be added as soon as they become available.