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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec Is Built For Track Day Flogging

Posted in Corner Carvers, Drifting, General, Hyundai, New Cars, Track Events by Kurt Ernst | September 17th, 2010 | 7 Responses |
2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 38 R-Spec

The Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec in Karoussel White. Photo: Hyundai

Good news, HPDE fans: there’s a new version of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe for 2011, and it looks to be built with track days in mind. Dubbed the 3.8 R-Spec, the new model gives you everything you need for maximum performance, while leaving out the luxury bits to save a few dollars. The 3.8 R-Spec stickers at $27,550 including destination charge, which makes it $4,000 less expensive than the top of the line 3.8 Track with the manual gearbox.

So what do you give up in the 3.8 R-Spec? Features like automatic headlights, leather seats, a sunroof, automatic climate control, cruise control, the rear spoiler and some trim. Instead, you get everything you need to go fast, including the 306 horsepower V6, a six speed manual transmission, 19 inch wheels with summer-only tires, Brembo brakes, stiffer suspension, limited slip differential and front camber adjustment bolts. Thanks to de-contenting, the R-Spec is also some 68 pounds lighter than the 3.8 Track model, and we all know that adding lightness increases speed and handling.

The 3.8 R-Spec should begin showing up at Hyundai dealers this fall. Color choices will be limited to Karussell White, Bathurst Black, Interlagos Yellow and Tsukuba Red, so plan your graphics accordingly.

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7 Responses

  1. Set says:

    Want. Seriously. This car seems to be the culmination of everything I like about Hyundai. Bravo.

  2. Kurt says:

    Set, I hear ‘ya. Hyundai is building some amazing products these days, and they seem to be addressing parts of the industry that other companies are ignoring.

    My want-but-can’t-have car right now is the 2011 Mustang GT. It really is as good as everyone says, but I just don’t have the income for a $36k car these days.

  3. Set says:

    How does the Genesis stack up against the Stang? I know it’s kind of Apples and Oranges, but you’d be able to give me a better perspective than I could draw on my own.

  4. Kurt says:

    Set, unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to drive the 2010 Genesis Coupe and I’m waiting for the 2011 to hit the press fleet. I’m hoping it will be the 3.8 Track, since they usually add top of the line vehicles to the press fleet.

    From what I know, the Genesis Coupe and the 2011 Mustang V6 are pretty evenly matched. One weak point of the ‘Stang, especially for track duty, is the 112 MPH speed limit on the V6. I asked Ford about this, and their answer was “due to cooling limitiations”, which doesn’t bode well for an EcoBoost V6 Mustang. Personally, I hope they find a way around the cooling issues, as a turbo’d V6 Mustang would be the ideal track day car.

  5. eddie_357 says:

    kurt when do you think they are going to ditch the leaf springs oh i mean the solid rear axle for a independent rear end for the mustang -let us know.as for the 112 speed limiter time to tweek the pcm

    • Kurt says:

      eddie, the solid rear axle really isn’t a limiting factor on the 2011 Mustangs. Sure, you need to be careful when dropping the hammer mid-corner on rough pavement, but there’s a HUGE difference between new and old Mustangs. If Ford were to go to an independent rear suspension, it would add significant cost without making a huge difference in handling. It’s just not worth it.

      You’re right about the PCM reflash to remove the rev limiter, but if cooling really is the issue that would only make things worse. Ford tends to be fairly extreme in testing, so my guess is that the V6 overheated when run WFO in 120 degree temps for extended periods. Besides, you know someone’s already working on a larger radiator, higer flow fan, etc.

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