• Nov 4th 2009 at 1:40PM
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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec - Click above for high-res image gallery

If someone hadn't reread the Hyundai press release, we might have totally missed seeing the Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec. Compared to the RM460 and other tuned Coupes in the booth, the R-Spec just didn't sparkle enough for us to pursue it. And perhaps that's the point.

The 2.0T R-Spec launches a tuner-friendly line of Hyundai automobiles that have all of the best performance bits without some of the frills that add weight and expense. We saw the car previewed at the Chicago Auto Show back in February, but fittingly, this was the official debut here at tuner-friendly SEMA.

With a base price of $23,750 the R-Spec is basically a 2.0T Track model with a few options deleted. It still has the track-tuned suspension, 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels with performance summer tires, Brembo brakes and Torsen limited-slip differential, but it also gets front strut camber adjustment bolts to sharpen initial turn-in and overall responsiveness. The best thing about the R-Spec is the fact that it's showing up in dealerships across the country as we speak.

UPDATE: Hyundai has informed us that the R-Spec is 68 pounds lighter than the 2.0T Track model of the Genesis Coupe.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I used to sell Hondas for a living and thought I would never buy another make... until I drove my daughter's new Accent. It truly challenged my beliefs about Hyundai. They may soon have a convert... In the meantime I will be looking for a reliable St. Louis Hyundai Dealer.


      Anyone had experience with these guys?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the words of Chris Berman, "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner." This is exactly the type of car that I would love to buy-- cheap, small, fast, and fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand what people see in this car....it's got no soul or presence. It's a car that simply blends into traffic. I must admit it is better than the last generation but then again in a couple of years it will just fade away. It has no history or iconic flavour to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a great price for a car like this, Hyundai is really being smart making cars like these. Great tuning platform at an affordable price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another example of why Hyundai is growing at such an alarming rate. They are willing to perfectly cater to the enthusiast not by selling them some expensive hopped up version of their econobox but with offerings such as this Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec which is affordable, good looking, and the perfect canvas for each owner to build the car they want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if I could get one for my 14 yo son, and drive it myself until he can take the wheel?

      Nice that Popular Mechanics picked it too - http://netcarmarket.com/2009/11/genesis-coupe-earns-popular-mechanics-2010-automotive-excellence-award/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope this is the start of new trend in performance focused cars. Luxury and performance don't need to be in the same checkbox.
        • 5 Years Ago

        This is what the FT-86 should aim at
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heard with a nice after market turbo kit this has potential to make 300 and up horses. But for a real enthusiast car, they should have taken out the back seat and alot of the sound cancellation things to make it lighter and faster. but besides that this is a winner in my book.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing on that spec sheet is the R-Spec does NOT include cruise control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai has a hit on their hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do post the spec sheet on the R-spec
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well well well, looks like I may have found something nice to hold me over until electrics get affordable.
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