A new core version of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe - the 2.0T R-Spec - makes its debut at next week's SEMA Show as the first models enter showrooms in the US. Taking away non-essential equipment and leaving 'a blank canvas' for tuners, the R-Spec reduces both cost and weight and is boosted by a range of performance upgrades.
R-Spec owners are treated to Track model performance equipment for 'genuine' track-readiness straight out of the showroom. The package includes track-tuned suspension, a Brembo braking system, Torsen limited-slip differential as well as Summer performance tires on 19-inch gunmetal-finished alloys. The Genesis Coupe R-Spec features a turbocharged intercooled 2.0-liter four-pot capable of delivering 210 hp and a top speed of 137 mph.
Carrying just a $1,750 premium over the base 2.0T at $23,750, the 2.0T R-Spec forgoes a number of non-essential comfort features to achieve weight reductions and track performance. Bluetooth, cruise control, trip computer, chrome accents and multifunction steering wheel are all ditched in favour of leaving owners with some $3,000 for their own aftermarket additions. R-Spec badging as well as leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo system are specced on this model and is available in the three colours most commonly applied to international racing teams: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red.