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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec - Next Gen

Is this the sickest street-driven Hyundai ever built?

Sep 25, 2014
Photographer: Stephen Brooks

We don't often showcase the Hyundai brand here at Super Street. For years, the Korean automaker was never associated with anything that cool or performance-oriented... That is, until the Hyundai Genesis Coupe hit dealerships in 2009. The rear-wheel drive, sporty and sleek Hyundai got our gears turning and over the last five years we've seen the number of modified examples growing at shows across the nation. But after walking the halls at SEMA last November, we may have discovered the baddest Genesis Coupe to grace the planet yet—John Pangilinan's R-Spec model.

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John's no stranger to SS and to the scene for that matter. This is in fact his 12th SEMA build and third project car built for Hyundai Motor America. He started off with a 2.0L turbo R-Spec model. Having driven one of these things before, we know they love to go! The R-Spec already comes with a few cooler features from the standard model such as firmer springs and dampers, larger sway bars, 19-inch wheels and a Torsen LSD. Along with factory Brembos and 274 hp, it's a good real-world performance car, which steered John toward creating a car that balanced its factory performance with some showstopping looks.

John's Genesis Coupe received nothing but the best with a custom widebody that wouldn't take too much away from the original design of the car, a killer Atlantis blue paintjob and top-shelf parts all around. We'll leave the rest up to John as we ask him a few key questions about his creation:

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What was your goal with this car?

The goal was to build a vehicle that was aspirational, yet obtainable for the modern car enthusiast's lifestyle, where he can drive his car daily and still turn heads at a show. I decided to use only high-quality products for the build and keep it simple.

What part of the car do you admire the most?

I would say it's the interior. Normally, the R-Spec comes in an all-red interior, but I wanted to simplify the colors and elected to use a mix of black leather and suede from Katzkin to re-wrap the Recaros that were also color-matched to the exterior. The harness bar came out amazing, and the Takata harnesses bring it all together nicely. The Alpine head unit also was a nice touch and looks like it came direct from the factory.

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Finally, what was the hardest part of the build?

The most difficult part was the tight time frame, given only about three months to complete the car in time for SEMA. Organization and having great relationships are key, along with selecting the right people to help work on the project. I'm really lucky to work with many talented friends such as designer Jon Sibal, Topo "the widebody king," Ivan and the team at BP Autosound. Seeing the finished product at the SEMA show within the Hyundai booth makes it all worth it!

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Tuning Menu

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec

Owner John Pangilinan

Location Long Beach, CA

Occupation PR and marketing specialist; photographer

Instagram @john_pangilinan

Engine AEM intake; ARK Performance exhaust and downpipe

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Footwork & Chassis KW Variant3 coilovers; Whiteline front and rear sway bars; ARK Performance strut bar

Brakes Brembo Gran Turismo 15-inch big brake kit

Wheels & Tires 19x10" front, 19x12" rear MORR MonoForged VS52 wheels; 285/30R19 front, 325/30R19 rear Toyo Proxes T1R tires; Muteki S35 lug nuts

Exterior TS Designs metal fender flares designed by Jon Sibal; APR carbon-fiber splitter; Seibon carbon-fiber side and rear lip kit; The Retrofit Source and Retrofit House custom headlights with VLEDs; S&A Design graphics; BASF Atlantis Blue Metallic paint

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Interior Recaro Cross Sportster seats with painted backs; Katzkin leather and suede upholstery; Takata Drift III harnesses; custom harness bar; Alpine INE-W927HD head unit, SPR-60C components, two SWR-T10 10-inch subwoofers, MRX-M55 and MRX-F35 amps; Scosche Electronics sound deadening, interconnects, wiring, power kit and ground distribution block; Kinetic power supply and battery

Thanks You Lucas Oil, Brembo, Recaro, Alpine, Toyo Tires, BASF, Auto Explosion, KW, MORR, ARK Performance, Takata, V-LEDS, The Retrofit Source, Whiteline, Scosche Electronics, Seibon, APR Performance, AEM, TS Designs, BP Auto Sound, Alpinestars, Mophie, Electric, GoPro, Illest

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Veloster Raptor

The Genesis is John's third Hyundai project. Last year, we featured his Veloster that sported Rays wheels, KW coilovers, TS Designs flares and that minty fresh BASF paint.

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