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Hyundai’s factory-built tuner car


Hyundai is chasing the US tuner car buyer with a mildly stripped-out version of its rear-wheel drive Genesis coupe unveiled at this week’s Chicago Auto Show

And to build the Coupe R-Spec’s street cred, Hyundai is backing Rhys Millen’s drift campaign in a highly modified 372kW-plus version.

The road-going Coupe R-Spec has a 157kW four-cylinder turbo motor, a six-speed manual transmission (no auto is offered), Brembo brakes with four piston callipers on all wheels and a limited-slip differential. The front disc rotors are 335mm, the rears 325mm.

The car gets 19-inch alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres (225/40R19 front, 245/40R19 rear), sports suspension and a strut tower brace.

Top speed is 220km/h, and Hyundai says the car is good for more than 9.4 litres/100km on the highway cycle. The R-Spec is expected to prove popular with buyers who want to use it as the basis for an aftermarket tuner car.

Hyundai has strpped the car of the trip computer, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, and chrome interior trim.

The R-Spec still has power windows, keyless entry, air-conditioning, and a six-speaker sound system.


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