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Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe has been a hit with enthusiasts since it first launched in 2009, and in order to give the aftermarket-tuner crowd even more reason to take a look at this car, Hyundai has introduced an R-Spec model that sheds some content—and therefore some weight—in the hopes of improving performance and giving tuners a better canvas to work with.

The starting point for the R-Spec is a pretty good one. Available on the 2.0T model, which comes with a 210-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, the R-Spec offers 19-inch alloy wheels, traction control, an antiskid system, high-performance Brembo brakes, a Torsen limited-slip differential, quick-ratio steering, and a lightweight spare tire and wheel assembly. The R-Spec also has a track-oriented suspension that includes higher-rate coil springs, higher-control shocks, a 25-millimeter front stabilizer bar, a 22-millimeter rear stabilizer bar, a front strut brace, plus front strut camber adjustment bolts. The only transmission available with the R-Spec is a 6-speed manual.

Despite its weight-saving mission, the R-Spec still has air conditioning, side-curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, an AM/FM/XM/MP3 audio system, projector beam headlights, an auxiliary jack, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and lumbar support for the driver.

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