It may be devoid of advanced cabin tech, but the new Genesis Coupe R-Spec delights my inner Luddite with its blend of track-ready performance and value.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec
The 2013-model-year update for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe could have been as simple as a face-lift and a power bump. Actually, it is that simple, but the degree to which Hyundai took the revisions is rather dramatic.
The R-Spec trim level is supposed to be Hyundai's track-focused option. You get all of the go-faster goodies of the Track model, but with much less tech, fewer creature comforts, and for much less money. However, you still get some features like MP3 player connectivity and hands-free calling.
The Genesis Coupe's interior is largely unchanged from last year's model. Expect lots of rubbery soft-touch material covering the upper dashboard. It feels cheap, but it doesn't look cheap, which counts for something.
The Coupe's cabin does seem to benefit from a healthy dose of sound deadening (either that or the 3.8-liter engine has quieted down). I could barely hear the engine at low revs with the music playing at a moderate volume.
Red sport seats are trimmed with leather but have grippy fabric seating surfaces. They're very comfortable, and I particularly liked the headrests, which were positioned perfectly for actually resting my head upon.
Halfway down the center stack is where you'll find this second cluster of gauges for instantaneous fuel economy, torque, and oil temperature. They're all nearly impossible to watch while driving due to their low placement in the cabin. If you opt for a 2.0T R-Spec, the torque meter is replaced with a boost gauge.
Like nearly every Hyundai/Kia on the road today, the Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec comes standard with USB and auxiliary inputs. iPod and iPhone users can bridge these connections with a $35 cable to gain full-speed control of the media stored on their devices.
A monochromatic LCD sits at the top of the center stack. You interact with it by twisting and tapping a pair of small knobs just below this display. Navigation is not available without an upgrade to the Track or Grand Touring trim levels.