The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is classified as a rear-wheel drive sports coupe from Hyundai Motor Company and was initially released in October of 2008. Sales of the Genesis Coupe first started in February 2009 as the 2010 model in the United States, and it is this carmaker’s first rear-wheel drive sports coupe, sharing the same basic platform with the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan. The first photos of the Genesis Coupe prototype were released onto the internet in early May of 2007, adding to the speculation and anticipation that quickly built up around this new vehicle. These photos strongly suggested that Hyundai’s new coupe was going to be in a rear-wheel drive style with a 4-cylinder engine that included a heat-wrapped turbocharger.
The production version of the Genesis Coupe was initially displayed to the public in 2008 at the New York International Auto Show, displaying a red and silver model. This introduction was followed by a demonstration of this vehicle’s abilities with regards to powerslides and burnouts. Models of this vehicle went on sale in 2009 as the 2010 model in North America. There are a total of eight different mode for the Coupe based around two different engine choices, and the trim levels including the 2.0T Base, the 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Track, 3.8 Base, 3.8 R-Spec, and 3.8 Grand Touring.
The R-Spec 2.0T trim level features Stability Control as well as ABS, 19” wheels, electronic brake force distribution, and a much stiffer suspension along with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires. In an effort to reduce costs as well as the overall weight of this vehicle, the R-Spec trim level does not come with automatic headlights, a trip computer, cruise control, or chrome interior accidents. The Genesis Coupe R-Spec is available for $3,00 less than the 2.0T Track model.
The R-Spec models received a significant update in 2011 with the 3.8 R-Spec. The 2.0T and 3.8 R-Spec models do not come with automatic headlights, a navigation system, cruise control, leather seating surfaces, or xenon HID headlights in an effort to save money. There is, however, a 6.5” touchscreen as well as XM NavTraffic available with a 90-day trial. Some of the other features that do not come standard with this vehicle include heated front seats, electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic temperature control.
Although the Genesis Coupe that was released in North America looks the same as the Korean market version, the one difference is the suspension setup which is significantly stiffer. Hyundai Canada offers a proximity key for all of the V6 Genesis Coupe models as well as push-button start or side-mirror marker lights on all of the 3.8 liter models with no spoiler on the 2.0T and 3.8 liter V6. In certain countries, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is sold as the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, which is available with the 3.8 liter and 2.0T engine along with various sport-oriented options.
The RMR Genesis is a version of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T and comes with an RMR turbo kit as well as HKS sequential transmission, K&W coil over suspension, RMR wide body kit, carbon fiber wing, functional hood scoop, Enkei racing wheels, Sparco steering wheel and seats, and an RMR carbon fiber dashboard. The R-Spec 2.0T is another version of the Genesis Coupe 2.0T Track but comes with fewer factory options and is 68 pounds lighter than the 2.0T Base/Premium models. This vehicle was initially introduced to the public at SEMA 2009. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is definitely one of the more popular models from this carmaker and features a number of innovative design features which has made it a success with consumers in a variety of markets.