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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec live from Chicago

Hyundai has been one of the few companies keeping us busy at the Chicago Auto Show. Besides showing the Rhys Millen drift car and announcing pricing for the Genesis Coupe, the automaker trotted out the R-spec enthusiast model.

While the car they brought to the show is basically a concept, the R-Spec package will be available through dealers and will give performance junkies more in some areas and less in others. The full list of equipment is in the press release after the jump, but the highlights are a 210-hp turbo'd inline-four that returns 30 mpg and a top speed of 137 mph. Available only with the six-speed manual, it comes with stability control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, 19-inch wheels, Brembos, a Torsen limited-slip differential, a beefier suspension and summer-only Potenzas. To reduce cost and weight, the R-Spec doesn't include Bluetooth, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents and steering wheel audio controls. Basically, the R-spec is packing all the heavy-hitting hardware from the Track model and ditches the frippery that drivers and customizers aren't interested in.

The Genesis Coupe R-Spec will be available mid-2010 with a base price of $23,750, or $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model. That should allow a lot of extra cash for some tuner bits. Besides the performance tweaks, the R-Spec will only be available in three colors: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red. Good names, good colors, good kit and a good price. We're sold. Check out the press release after the jump and the live gallery below.


Live photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.


PRESS RELEASE

Hyundai Debuts a HIGH–PERFOMANCE BLANK canvas for tuners: Genesis Coupe R-Spec

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009 – When the colors of your new turbocharged rear-wheel-drive sport coupe are named after international racing circuits, you'd better have the performance and confidence to back it up. Now, Hyundai is upping the ante by announcing an R-Spec version of the all-new 2010 Genesis Coupe, designed to appeal to true enthusiasts who want a low starting price and the ability to tune their car to their own specifications. R-Spec will be available as a mid-2010 model year introduction.

R-Spec provides genuine track-readiness in an affordable model. The R-Spec adds core 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. To further reduce cost and weight, it also eliminates some non-essential convenience equipment such as: Bluetooth®, automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents and steering wheel audio controls. The Genesis Coupe R-Spec will be priced at $23,750 and $3,000 less than the 2.0T Track model, leaving tuners with extra cash for their own choice of aftermarket performance upgrades. Appropriately, the R-Spec will be available in three performance oriented exteriors colors: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red.

R-Spec equipment includes:
  • 2.0-liter low-pressure turbocharged intercooled four-cylinder engine with dual continuously variable valve timing delivering 210-hp, an estimated 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
  • Quick-ratio hydraulic steering (2.7 turns lock-to-lock)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front, side, side air 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/MP3/CD 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


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid Nissan... this is basically a modern day Silvia. I wonder who's bright idea it was not to bring the S15 to the US... especially back when turbo'd four bangers like the SRT4, MS3, Evo and WRX were selling like hot cakes...

      The only thing that may prevent this car from selling very well is the whole economic mess. IMO, Hyundai got it spot on... good job.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. The 370Z is wayyy too expensive. The Altima Coupe is not really a sports car...heck I'd say the Accord Coupe is better in that regard.

        • 6 Years Ago
        "you get the track pack z for 32k on the dealer site, which is well below the cost of the v6 genesis coupe."

        On what planet is $32,000 < $25,000? The V6 starts at $25,000. Did you mean some special version Hyundai hasn't announced pricing for that only you're privy to?
      • 6 Years Ago
      a tiburon with some fancy bodywork and big wheels and expensive brakes is still a tiberon, i'll never buy a korean car, that is all
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap! The numbers are amazing. Especially the one with the dollar sign in front.

      This is my fear though - and a realistic one at that - Hyundai is going to sell these like donuts at a cosplay convention and a good chunk of the buying audience is looking at the Genesis and fantasizing about drifting up and down circular on- and off-ramps all night long. Or living out their time attack dreams. On public streets. How long until the insurance companies get tired of this and raise premiums on the Genesis? Look at some of the most expensive cars to insure: Evo, WRX, Neon SRT-4, RSX.
      Unfortunately the Genesis will quickly belong to that list.

      But on the bright side, it's inexpensive enough to compensate for higher premiums! So bring it on!
      • 6 Years Ago
      V6 Coupe weighs in around 3400 LBS, not 3600.

      Also, the I4 is rated at 210 on regular, on premium it jumps to around 220.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the sort of thing Mazda should be doing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interested in what the warranty is like on this, being its a "tuner" oriented vehicle. I would expected most "tuners" would through the warranty right out the window shortly after purchase. I wonder if that plays into the decrease in the price as well since it would be logic to assume that most owners would void the warranty, hence resulting in less warranty repair costs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a good move by Hyundai. This R Spec should sell very well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All hail Hyundai as new drift king!
        • 6 Years Ago
        For those of you who want to learn more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe

        Please join us at Hyundai Genesis Coupe forums...

        http://GenCoupe.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, a car for the rest of us! This car is sounding like it will be a ton of fun to drive. Those looking for power, fun, and affordability can find all of that in the new Genesis Coupe. To kick it off, we've created website for Genesis Coupe enthusiasts at http://www.genesisdriven.com
      kskywalk3
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is cool for Hyundai this is exactly what i was hoping they would do, but the Camaro has 300hp and is cheaper... have to wait for a comparison and hope the tuning company does'nt make the bits super expensive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the Excel to this. Hyundai's rise to excellence has been really impressive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW. That car looks amazing in black. The other colors really make the grille look too small. But in black...wow. And with all the windows tinted (including the windshield!) it looks so sinister. On a side note though, they should have included BlueTooth and HIDs on the R-model. A couple of ballasts and a microphone do not add any weight, and are items that would enhance the driving experience. If not only to allow talking on the phone to be legal in many states. Yes this is the driver-oriented package and "true enthusiasts" don't talk on the phone while they drive right? Yeahhhh....rightttttt. I usually don't, but on a occasion I have to take a call. I wonder if they will be options on the R-model.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, but it's not just weight they were trying to cut. They wanted to make a noticeable difference in cost as well, so that enthusiasts can upgrade on more important things -- like power.
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