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2009-02-12 09:26
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Hyundai
Model Genesis Coupe R-Spec
Engine 2l, turbo
Power 156kW
Hyundai has shown the R-Spec road-racing version of its forthcoming rear-wheel Genesis Coupe.

Shown at the Chicago auto show yesterday, the Coupe R-Spec version is essentially a stripped out, lightweight track-day toy.

With the provisional Genesis range already including ‘Track’ trim cars - and a 228kW range-topping 3.8l V6 engine - when it arrives at dealers later this year stateside, the R-Spec is a surprising addition.

Lightweight Korean?

Built on the rear-wheel architecture of the Genesis platform, Coupe R-Spec retains the Track trim 2.0 T models limited-slip rear differential yet does without an onboard computer, Bluetooth, cruise control, steering-wheel satellite controls and chrome interior trim.

Hyundai is mum to admit how much weight is saves – probably not much in reality – but the principle is laudable none the less.

Thanks to the amount of interior features which have been junked, the cost-benefit has been used to include track-day goodies such as 19-inch Bridgestone Potenza RE050As in 225/40 trim on the front wheels and 245/40 size at the rear. R-Spec will ride on revised sports suspension, stabilised with 25mm sway bars on the front axle and 22mm jobbies at the rear.

One could never really do this with a Tiburon...Or any of the local front-wheel drive hot hatches either - naughty Hyundai.

No V6 in R-trim

Although R-Spec will not include the Genesis Coupe’s range-topping 228kW V6, the 2l turbocharged in-line four produces an entirely respectable 156kW and drives through a close ratio six-speed gearbox.

Regarding deceleration, the Brembo brake system should stand up well against track-day abuse too. Featuring ventilated discs all-round – 340mm front, 330mm diameter rear - with four-piston callipers engaging the system.

Comfort and convenience features which remain onboard the R-Spec still constitute an entirely reasonable blend for day-to-day driveability. You keep power windows, keyless entry and air-conditioning, plus a six-speaker audio system with a dedicated iPod hook-up and leather-trim steering wheel.

With a projected launch price of only $23 750, Genesis Coupe R-Spec offers an awful lot of rear-wheel drive dynamism at the price. "I got my Hyundai so sideways at the track this weekend," would have been a laughable utterance until very recently - not anymore.

Chances of the Coupe range being offered outside of the North American market are very slim.


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