We knew that a stripped down version of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T was coming. We knew that it would be dubbed "R-Spec." Now, we know that it's going to cost $23,750, $3,000 cheaper than the fully loaded 2.0T Track model.
The R-Spec features all of the performance of the Track model. Under its hood is a 210-horsepower turbocharged engine that puts power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and Torsen limited-slip differential. (Hyundai's five-speed automatic transmission is not available on the R-Spec.) The R-Spec also features the same Brembo brakes, track-tuned suspension, and 19-inch wheels (probably not the best wheels for a track car) as the 2.0T Track model.
Specific to the R-Spec Coupe are a set of front strut camber adjustment bolts allow a little bit of customization right off of the showroom floor.
However, at a savings of $3,000, you can guess that there are going to be some sacrifices. In the name of weight savings, Hyundai has dropped some of the creature comforts, such as the automatic headlights, cruise control, trip computer, chrome interior accents, steering wheel audio controls, and Bluetooth hands-free calling system. We're thinking this is more of a cost-saving measure, because none of these components really seem to weigh all that much.
Meanwhile, the stripped-out Genesis still retains heavier creature comforts such as air conditioning, power steering, a six-speaker audio system with iPod compatibility, and power windows.
The R-Spec is available only in red, black, and white and should start hitting dealerships this month. Is a V-6 R-Spec model around the corner? Hyundai isn't telling, but we certainly hope so.