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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., oct. 27, 2009 – The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, the perfect blank canvas for tuners, priced at $23,750 is beginning to arrive at dealerships across the country. R-Spec takes the core performance equipment from the 2.0T Track model and eliminates non-essential convenience equipment to reduce both cost and weight. The Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec – the first production R-Spec model to arrive in the U.S. – will make its world debut at the Hyundai booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 3 – 6 (Booth # 24387).

The R-Spec allows enthusiasts to tune their own car to their desired specifications. R-Spec provides genuine track-readiness and powertrain scalability in an affordable model. The R-Spec adds core Track model performance equipment to the most affordable 2.0T model, such as: Track-tuned suspension, 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels with performance Summer tires, Brembo® braking system, Torsen® limited-slip differential and R-Spec badging.

In a special nod to tuners, R-Spec will also receive a set of front strut camber adjustment bolts (dealer installation - optional for customer to install) to further enhance initial turn-in and handling response. To reduce both cost and weight, the R-Spec eliminates some non-essential convenience equipment such as: Bluetooth®, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents and steering wheel audio controls. Genesis Coupe R-Spec is priced $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model, leaving tuners with extra cash for their own choice of aftermarket performance upgrades. Appropriately, R-Spec will be available in three exteriors colors most common among international racing teams: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red. R-Spec comes with manual transmission only.

R-Spec equipment includes:

· 2.0-liter low-pressure turbocharged intercooled four-cylinder engine with dual continuously variable valve timing delivering 210 hp, 30 mpg EPA highway rating and a top speed of 137 mph

· 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission

· Electronic Stability Control with Traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Brake Assist

· 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels with staggered-width high-performance summer-compound Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires (225/40YR19 front, 245/40YR19 rear)

· Brembo® braking system with 13.4-inch ventilated front rotors, 42mm four-piston fixed front calipers (red), 13.0-inch ventilated rear rotors, 32mm+28mm four-piston fixed rear calipers (red)

· Track-tuned suspension (higher-rate coil springs, higher-control shock absorbers, 25mm front stabilizer bar, 22mm rear stabilizer bar, front strut brace)

· Torsen-type limited-slip differential
· R-Spec badging
· Tire Pressure Monitoring System
· Front, side, side curtain air bags
· Active front head restraints
· Driver's lumbar support
· Air conditioning
· Remote keyless entry system
· Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
· Power windows (one-touch up and down), door locks and mirrors
· AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers
· iPod/USB/Aux jack connectivity
· Projector beam headlamps
· Lightweight temporary spare with aluminum wheel (T135/80D18)
· Note: Automatic transmission not available with R-Spec


As you can see in the image, before the R-spec was released, to get the big brakes, stiffer suspension, and limited slip differential, you had to move from the $22,000 base model all the way up to the $26,750 track model (which added all sorts of useless shit as well). Now they've added the enthusiast model, no radio controls on the wheel, bluetooth, auto headlights, blah blah blah. Only a $1,750 price tag over the base to get a factory-installed big brake kit, limited slip diff, and track-tuned suspension /w front camber adjustment?!?!

Just add up what it costs us to slap a BBK, AGX's, lowering springs, a torsen lsd, and upgraded wheels/tires on a supra....

Damn that was a smooth move, and you're going to see the R-spec rolling off the sales floor much faster than the base model!

--billyM
 

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Yesterday, my biggest complaint with the genesis coupe was that it cost $4,750 to get the parts of the "track package" that interest me (wheels/brakes/suspension/lsd) and it came with all sorts of "stuff" that I don't need.

Today, my biggest complaint is that I don't work for a company who supplies a vehicle/lease budget. I'm not naturally a "new car" type, but if work provided me the option today, I'd be in a Genesis R-spec by tomorrow (not literally, as they've not shipped yet, but I would have the paperwork signed and ready).

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Impressive. I'd even consider this car over a GTI if I needed a daily driver (which I don't).

Can't beat what you get for the price. All you need is a chip for more boost and you are ready to roll.
 

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maybe I'll consider this as a new winter car when the corolla dies! (since the supra has already signed a contract to be my summer car for the rest of my life)
 

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I've been interested in this car since I saw it reviewed on "Motor Week." Saw one in person this summer (with all badging removed), and it was pretty impressive. Best looking Hyundai ever - IMO. Possibly one in my future.
 

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I'd sure hope you can option cruise control back in. I think that one is a neccesity for me. Ironically I haven't seen too many of the Genesis coupes or sedans on the road yet.
 

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I've seen many coupe in the Montreal area (more than 10) but only 2 sedans.
 

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Friend of mine test drove the 2.0T, said he wasn't very impressed. He thought the suspension was rough and the turbo a bit laggy.

The v6 is probably a whole 'nother animal though.
 

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Gotta replace the 'Rolla sooner or later. Wonder if Loris Wheelchair would fit? :naughty:
 

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I'm very impressed with the genesis program as well, no I haven't driven one. But, it is pulling away from the economy cars, which turn into economy racecars with all the people tuning anything that they can get their hands on. Turns out to be the ugliest, worst investment.

I love that Hyundai of all companies, came out with a rwd 4-6cyl turbo 2 door. Good call, compared to all the hatchback 4cyl fwd cars. Going out of the stream, and definetly trying to bring back their name, from the past years of embarassment, remember back from as far as I can remember. Haha, hyundai, sucks to be that guy. Or whatever.

I love the car.
 
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