Just so it’s clear, this car won’t be coming to Australia, but we wish it would. Why? Because the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec is the perfect car to really pound home Hyundai’s competitive edge when it comes to making decent products, and it really expresses their concern for making exciting cars that are reasonably priced.
The new Genesis R-Spec is powered by the same, 228kW, 3.8-litre V6 that’s in the normal Genesis Coupe, but the power is sent to the rear wheels via a proper Torsen-clutch limited-slip differential. The car also sees the addition of new 19 inch wheels, 13.4 inch Brembo brakes and stiffened suspension with adjustable camber settings.
Inside, there’s new bucket seats covered in black leather with optional red cloth inserts. There’s also a tyre pressure monitoring system, six airbags, iPod-ready audio package and a six-speed gearbox as per usual Genesis Coupe specification. The R-Spec doesn’t come with cruise control, automatic headlights or wood/metalgrain interior inserts though as these items are said to increase unnecessary weight.
With a power-to-ratio that betters a BMW 335i’s, it truly could be an affordable performance car. We can only hope Hyundai Australia one day announces a down under release, but unfortunately there has been no plans for any right-hand drive versions to be made.