Your Ride: 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec
In 2008, Hyundai hit the market hard and fast with newfound quality, looks and overall better judgement. The Genesis coupe- the very first new model to be rolled out by the South Korean company- soon to be followed by a Genesis sedan and a hoard of other new models. All of which sold like hot cakes. The Genesis sedan, was Hyundai's answer to the BMWs and Audis of the world. Normally soaking the American market, the Korean group hoped to do away with buyers previous notions and love for all things German. Thankfully, the Genesis has been well received. Racking up some impressive sales numbers and many new amenities, the Germans have seemed to fall a step behind. One of our readers, Jeff, saw this handsome Korean people mover and knew he had to have one (or two). A fan of all things automotive, Jeff has had over 40 rides to account for. From Novas to Camaros to Grand Caravans, been there done that. But his most recent ride- a 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec- has soon grown to become one of his favorites and, of course, most practical.
How did you acquire your ride? I saw the Hyundai Equus at the NY auto Show in 2012, and was interested in buying one. I went to a NJ dealer to look more closely and found the Genesis R-Spec. What drew you to it when you bought it? Initially, it was the 429hp Tau 5.0 V8 and the 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. I had just recently sold my 72 Nova SS and thought it would be nice to have something as a daily driver with real horsepower. The fact that I can pull 27mpg highway with it didn’t hurt either (It’s rated at 25, but I consistently average higher). Looking more closely, I also found boat load of toys; Heated front and rear seats, Ventilated driver’s seat, Lane departure warning, Intelligent cruise control, 8 speed auto trans, and much more. I liked the styling more than the Equus, and I was hooked. Does it have a name? Genny What do you feel like when you drive it? Empowered (as opposed to M-Powered)
What you would change about your car, if anything? Minor suspension tweaks What have you done to make it a bolder ride? So far, just tint, and rebadging. I’m looking at detail paint work by Lux Motor works. These are the same guys who put together Sema cars for Hyundai. Replacing chrome trim with matt grey or black. Dream accessory for it and why? ECM Tuning. I’d like to pull another 20-30hp without any other major work Thanks to Jeff for letting us share his ride? Want us to feature your ride? Click here to find out how