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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Considering the price—always considering the price—Hyundai has bull’s-eyed the target, starting with specs that are right for enthusiasts.
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more crucial to the R-Spec package is not what was added, but rather what was deleted
The perforated leather seats are a plus, and the climate and audio controls are especially easy to reach and use.
Adding the Track Package with sport suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels and sport seats turns the Genesis Coupe into a bargain performance car
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis, as most Hyundai models, includes a lot of standard features, with a surprisingly low base sticker price. Six trims are offered, including three for each engine type, which are designated 2.0T, 2.0T Premium, 2.0T R-Spec, 3.8 R-Spec, 3.8 Grand Touring, and 3.8 Track, and while they all come well-equipped, the key differences are mostly a matter of performance and appearance.
USB and iPod connectivity, as well as Bluetooth, come standard, while at the top end, the Genesis Coupe can be kitted out with luxury-caliber extras like full leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, fog lamps, heated side mirrors, and an Infinity premium audio system.
The standard audio system for Genesis Coupe models includes iPod jacks, a USB input, and Bluetooth connectivity. A 300-watt Infinity audio system is available, as are heated seats.
The R-Spec is particularly interesting, as it provides genuine track-readiness in an affordable package just waiting for enthusiasts to modify. Track models are the way to go for weekend racers and include a firmer suspension, upgraded four-piston brakes (ventilated in front), a limited-slip diff, and other upgrades. And to save weight, R-Spec models delete cruise control automatic headlights, and some interior trim. Meanwhile at the top of the line, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring lives up to its name, adding xenon headlamps, an Infinity premium audio system, fog lamps, heated side mirrors, heated seats, and full leather upholstery.
Last year, in addition to new soft-touch surfaces and upgraded trims throughout the cabin, the Genesis Coupe got a new standard navigation system and automatic climate control for the 2.0T Premium, plus new multi-information display graphics throughout the lineup.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis has most of the features and options of a premium sports coupe--at a lower price.