Already a significant force in the enthusiast two-door segment, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe promises to become even more formidable for the coming season thanks to the addition of a V6-powered 2011 Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec model. While this potent newcomer is destined to grab most of the headlines among the enthusiast set, Hyundai also has graced all versions of its chic rear-drive 2+2 with an assortment of appeal-enhancing interior upgrades.

A logical step-up from the existing 2.0T R-Spec, the new 3.8 R-Spec packs Hyundai's naturally aspirated 306-horsepower/3.8-liter V6 in place of the 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four found in the 2.0T R-Spec. What doesn't change are all of the existing R-Spec (and 3.8 Track) dynamic enhancements, from a full "track-tuned" sport suspension, quicker-ratio steering and bigger Brembo brakes to a Torsen limited-slip differential, front strut brace, front camber adjustment bolt and 19-inch gunmetal-finish alloy wheels mounting high-performance summer-compound Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires -- 225/40s up front and 245/40s in the rear.

Like its turbo-four kin, the 3.8 R-Spec is only available with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and is fitted with the distinctive sport buckets that match black leather side bolstering with high-grip red cloth inserts. While retaining a lengthy roster of comfort/convenience items, to reduce weight and trim dollars from its as-yet-unannounced sticker, the 2011 Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec does dispense with several bits found on the more luxo-oriented 3.8 Grand Touring model, including a power sunroof, cruise control, automatic headlights and a rear spoiler.

Creating a warmer welcome for all

Highlighting the across-the-board enhancements to the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe's cabin are new soft-touch, matte finish surfaces on the dash, door panels and center speaker grille complemented by padded armrests and softer premium leather on the steering wheel rim. Other refinements include cloth-covered A-pillars, more stylish multi-information display graphics, new dark metal and chrome trim accents and thoughtful convenience touches like rear coat hooks and a decklid grab handle.

The new 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and all other members of the lineup will rolling into dealer during early fall. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.

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