Speedy Genesis loses extras

  • 01-May-2009 12:05 EDT
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There are seven basic configurations of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (shown on the track at Nevada's Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch). The R-Spec enters the marketplace in the fall of 2009.

When the R-Spec Genesis Coupe goes on sale this fall, the Hyundai sports car won't have a premium audio system, a power sunroof, or several other features.

"We had two goals with the R-Spec: weight reduction and cost reduction," Derek Joyce, Manager of Product Development for Hyundai Motor America, said about the upcoming high-performance version of the automaker's first rear-wheel-drive coupe.

The Genesis coupe and sedan use a five-link independent rear suspension, but the coupe and sedan have unique underpinnings. "We didn't make the coupe a two-door version of the Genesis sedan," John Krafcik, Acting President and COO of Hyundai Motor America, said during a March ride-and-drive event in southern Nevada.

Although R-Spec is heavy with performance items, it is bare with regard to nonessentials. R-Spec shares technical specifications of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track model, but the R-Spec will delete the 2.0T Track model's aluminum pedals, aero-wiper blades, rear spoiler, Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps, power driver's seat, 360-W Infinity premium audio system, fog lamps, proximity key/button start, power sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio/cruise controls, trip computer, auto dimming rearview mirror, as well as a few other items.

"The R-Spec keeps core essentials that can be difficult to duplicate in the aftermarket. Items like a Torsen limited slip differential, staggered width Bridgestone-brand Potenza tires, and Brembo brakes are standard equipment on the R-Spec because the base criteria for retention was true performance," said Joyce.

Hyundai selected the Genesis Coupe as its first vehicle to offer Brembo brakes. Those brakes feature monoblock four-piston calipers made via a patented process that uses aluminum castings rather than billet parts. The brakes have "significant weight and caliper stiffness advantages over conventional iron sliding calipers, and that unsprung weight savings helps with vehicle driving dynamics, especially during track conditions, while the caliper stiffness helps to give a consistent brake pedal feel to the driver," said Brian Burke, a mechanical engineer and Brembo North America Original Equipment Sales Manager.

Hyundai officials expect the R-Spec will appeal to the tuner crowd. "The bottom line with tuners is they spend their money on modifying their car for performance," said Joyce. "Like any model, we're going to continue to enhance the package every year by bringing out new offerings. We'll probably look at altering the suspension and powertrain in the future, but right now it's weight reduction and price reduction of factory-performance equipment."

The Genesis Coupe R-Spec, powered by a 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder producing 210 hp (157 kW) at 6000 rpm and 223 lb·ft (302 N·m) at 2000 rpm, will carry an MSRP of $23,750, $3000 less than the 2.0T Track model.

The R-Spec likely will be close to the 2.0T Track model's 3294-lb (1494-kg) curb weight.

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