While a lot of automakers these days have been struggling and scrambling to get their footing back in the industry, Hyundai has been one of the few bright exceptions. Continuing on its rapid ascent to the top of the industry, Hyundai’s momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down - and probably won’t anytime soon.

At the Chicago Auto Show, the Korean automaker will be bringing a couple of new vehicles, including the new Genesis R-Spec version. As a 2012MY, the Genesis R-Spec is the latest in a long line of new variants of Hyundai’s Genesis family.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec comes baring a few aesthetic modifications, as well as a choice of three exterior colors: Black Noir, Platinum Metallic, and Titanium Gray. Being a sportier version of the Genesis, the new model should be available towards the tail end of March 2011 at a price that we are guessing will be similar - albeit a bit higher - to the current base model.

UPDATE 08/08/2011: Check out our review of the 2012 HYundai Genesis R-Spec by clicking here!

Details on the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec after the jump.

  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec
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  • Engine:
    5.0-liter Tau V8 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    429 horsepower @ 6,400 RPM
  • Torque @ RPM:
    376 lb/ft of torque @ 5,000 RPM
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Exterior and Interior

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec High Resolution Interior
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Representing a subtle restyled aesthetic body, the Genesis R-Spec comes with a more aggressive grille and front fascia design, a new headlight design with LED accents and daytime running lights, dark chrome headlamp inserts, folding mirrors with integrated puddle lamps, a brushed aluminum finish window surround, a redesigned rear fascia with integrated dual asymmetrical exhaust tips, redesigned rear taillights, and a new set of 19” alloy wheels with premium machined finish. Likewise, the Genesis R-Spec will be offered in a choice of three colors, including Black Noir, Platinum Metallic, and Titanium Gray. Over at the interior, the Genesis R-Spec receives a choice of new interior woodgrain colors for Black, Beige, and Saddle leather interiors with a unique all-black leather steering wheel.


2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec High Resolution Drivetrain
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Powering the Genesis R-Spec model is a 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine that produces 429 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 376 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 RPM and mated to the company’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. This particular engine represents the most powerful Hyundai engine in the company’s history and has been named as one of the Ward’s Ten Best Engines for the third successive year.

Fuel economy for the R-Spec is only a tad bit lower than the 4.6L V8 engine found in the Genesis. The R-Spec will be pulling 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway compared to the 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway of the base Genesis.


2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec High Resolution Exterior
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Safety features are always a necessity for vehicles, but more so when a bigger engine is outfitted under the hood. The Genesis R-Spec will carry electronic stability control, eight airbags, electronic active head restraints, a lane departure warning system, parking sensors, and a backup camera to keep everyone safe and sound.


2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec High Resolution Exterior
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There’s no word yet on pricing, but if you use the price for the 2010 Genesis as a peg - $33,800 - then you can guesstimate that the 5.0-liter R-Spec version will go for somewhere around $40,000, give or take a few grand.


2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec High Resolution Exterior
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With the release of the Genesis 5.0-liter R-Spec, the car now jumps ahead of the pack in the upscale sedan market against its competitors in the performance department. Among the rivals the Genesis R-Spec will have include the Lexus GS460 (4.6-liter V8), the Infiniti M56 (5.6-liter V8), and the Mercedes-Benz E550 (5.5-liter V8).

Genesis 5.0 Competitive Set Genesis 5.0 R-Spec (5.0-liter V8) Lexus GS460 4.6-liter V8 Infiniti M56 (5.6-liter V8) M-B E550 (5.5-liter V8)
Normally-aspirated V8 Specific Output (HP/liter) 85.8 74.3 75 69.5

Despite the bigger engines of the M56 and the E550, the Genesis R-Spec still comes with a higher performance output compared to its competitors. The Genesis’ performance figures translate to 85.8 horsepower per liter, compared to 74.3 hp/l for the GS460, 75.0 hp/l for the M56, and 69.5 hp/l for the E550.

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    • Not too many interior upgrades
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  (777) posted on 12.21.2011

Too bad they didn’t upgrade much the interior of this Genesis. However, I must say that it still looks very appealing, especially on its exterior decent look. Moreover, it’s a good thing that it has an impressive engine.

  (504) posted on 10.20.2011

It only looks so ordinary and simple for me, but I must say that it’s still had an appeal despite of having that platform, but I’m quite curious on what will be the interior of this one, looks like.

  (378) posted on 05.23.2011

Nice, they have really gone a long way with the Genesis. This is probably one of the best looking versions that I have seen of the car. And quite powerful too.

  (559) posted on 05.13.2011

Looking at the exterior of this car, Well, I have to say that its not that great! However, aside from that, it also has an awesome power output which is far better than Nissan 370z!

  (444) posted on 05.4.2011

Hyundai appearance looks similar to Mercedes that has a appealing qualities that suits so well, It has its own safety features that are always a necessity for vehicles.

  (228) posted on 04.28.2011

Well, I don’t really consider this car as sporty looking though the performance is awesome for a sedan car but I think the Equus looks great compared to this.

  (592) posted on 04.20.2011

Korean Automaker brings a new version of automobile industry of its good cost of value. With has a very refine and metallic color that suits its momentum and a bit higher current based model.

  (504) posted on 03.18.2011

The interior looks quite simple. But that one is actually the plus factor with this car. It makes it easy for the driver to move around and is very comfortable.

  (559) posted on 03.9.2011

It has a better engine compare to BMW and Audi. Hence, the car is amazing in terms of design,
performance and durability. And its worthy to be an alternative for those whose considering E5 class.

  (399) posted on 02.28.2011

I’d like to see the new sonata 2.0t in place of the current one and then the Genesis V8 in place of the current v6 or a version of it

  (402) posted on 02.28.2011

Aside from thinking about the differences of Genesis and Coupes, and differences on their price and performance . Lets do not forget that they made this version as "Do-it-yourself tuners, therefore we have also to look down on the cost of the tuning.

  (151) posted on 02.18.2011

This looks like Mercedes and Lexus hooked up and resulted this. The fuel economy is bad!

  (692) posted on 02.14.2011

Even the speaking portions seem a bit dark. Maybe it’s a hi-tech future thing with the Steve Jobs black turtle neck things...

  (427) posted on 02.14.2011

Excellent upgrades for the existing mills, but the 5.0 just looks like a "mines bigger" attraction.

  (6) posted on 02.14.2011

It would be an awsome coupe, but all i see is pics of a sedan.

  (447) posted on 02.13.2011

I am not really commenting on any of the products you mentioned (nor the Genesis), but a car doesn’t need "sports" suspension and nor brakes if the suspension and brakes were sorted correctly in the first place.

  (683) posted on 02.13.2011

I hate to admit it, but this a a nice sports coupe at a reasonable price. However, you could also opt for an entry level 370Z or Mustang 3.7 Liter V6 at even less money, but neither will come with a sports suspension, brake package, and limited slip that this Genesis offers.

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