2012 Hyundai Genesis / R-Spec 5.0 First Drive – Review – Car and Driver

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2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 / 5.0

More power for the V-6 and a more-powerful V-8 2012 look like a year for the Genesis.

Hyundai has said it would not#x2014; #x2014; put a V-8 in the Genesis coupe, but the Genesis sedan presents the reason yet for the company to do so (even if it had to put it in the like Rhys Millen did). With Hyundai#x2019;s new V-8 between its fenders, the coupe be a liter-for-liter Korean response to the Mustang GT 5.0, and the Vanilla Ice could turn into Rice jokes. Hyundai has yet to interest in this sort of

Stay Focused

Although the 5.0 is the item on the upgrade list, the important is the tweaked suspension. As it was the Genesis paired a flinty with floppy, blas#xE9; The balance is vastly improved for with the ride smoothing out and the car a bit flatter in hard cornering, in part to a 1-mm-larger rear bar (18 vs. 17).

Additionally, last year#x2019;s propensity to slam over big and lumps and bottom out as though it Slinkys as springs is gone, far fewer imperfections making way into the cabin.

The 15-percent increase in the 3.8 (333 hp) moves it to the 385-hp, 4.6-liter V-8, now surpasses the six#x2019;s output by 52 fewer than last The base motor yanks the car with even more and does so with a seasoned The 5.0 will replace the 4.6-liter as the engine in the Equus for 2012, and we be surprised to see the 4.6 fade from the list of the Genesis as well.

The is really a 4.6 with a larger mm versus 92#x2014;so Hyundai throwing away a bunch of RD by discontinuing the smaller engine.

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But you want to read the R-Spec, we know. As mentioned the 5.0 and the 4.6 are closely related. Compared its smaller ancestor, the R-Spec V-8 direct fuel injection, enables a higher compression of 11.5:1 instead of the 4.6#x2019;s That#x2019;s it. Otherwise, it#x2019;s the engine, carrying over the variable timing for both and exhaust cams.

Mileage is slightly affected, with the 5.0 16 mpg city and 25 highway ratings the EPA, 1 mpg down on the 4.6 in both

The 5.0 is a bit peaky, needing 6400 rpm and gas to produce all 429 hp and 5000 rpm to hit its max torque of 376 At part throttle and right off the it doesn#x2019;t feel much than the 4.6. But at higher road and engine#x2014;the car pulls Germany#x2019;s best executive

Hyundai expects 0 to 60 mph to take 5.1 we predict a 4.8-second sprint. the working-class associations of #x201C;5.0#x201D; had us for a bit more Woodward growl the tailpipes, this engine#x2019;s voice falls short of its Teutonic targets#x2019;.

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Aside from the bigger the R-Spec differentiates itself lesser Genesis models various suspension and brake A further 1-mm bump in diameter supposedly cinches it a bit more, but we didn#x2019;t get a chance to the car into any aggressive hairpins to this.

What we were to discern is that the moderately spring rates somewhat the other 2012 Genesis#x2019;s in the ride-and-handling arena, rediscovering of the flintiness that other thankfully left behind. wheels#x2014;19 inches on the R-Spec#x2014;might be partly to blame. We#x2019;d be happier with just the

Well, and the larger brakes. cars upgrade to the 13.0-inch rotors from last 4.6 model; both V-8 cars now 13.6-inch front discs. the Genesis doesn#x2019;t get the same color palette as does other big 2012 intro, the so we#x2019;d like to see the R-Spec in hues other than less black, and gray Noir Pearl, Titanium Metallic, Platinum Metallic).

Eight Can Be Great

Regardless of every 2012 Genesis have an eight-speed automatic. As to many other automakers use transmissions from outside Hyundai chose to design its own Maybe it shouldn#x2019;t have.

speeds allow for a fine of economy and zest, but the transmission is Up- and downshifts drag, and we were to count off full seconds getting what we wanted stomping through the kickdown All cars have a gate for actuation, but when the transmission longer to respond than an fourth wife, it#x2019;s to care.

On the other hand, who buy a Genesis for its highway serenity#x2014;so all of including R-Spec buyers#x2014;might not and they#x2019;ll appreciate the slight benefit. Cars with the V-6 are at 19 mpg city and 29 highway (up from last year); those the 4.6 are 17/26 (up from 17/25); and the is 16/25.

With all the new stuff, the base Genesis sees a $1200 in starting price from year#x2019;s $33,850 to $35,050.

the improved ride and increased that#x2019;s reasonable. And as before, a tremendous list of standard leather seats, keyless and start, heated power seats, a seven-speaker stereo satellite radio and USB and 3.5-mm input jacks, and a spacious seat.

The 4.6 pops the sticker up to (an increase of $1500 over year#x2019;s) and includes $8800 of packages that are optional on the a sunroof, a power tilting-and-telescoping wheel, a rear sunshade, a Lexicon stereo, navigation, a camera, adaptive cruise a (refreshingly inoffensive) lane-departure-warning a cooled driver#x2019;s seat, and rear seats. For another two buyers can find their way an R-Spec. They#x2019;d better want the power, because cues of the R-Spec#x2019;s specialness are unique headlamps with inserts, 19-inch wheels, a badge, and floor mats.

As we found when we pitted the against its competition, the cars should fear it the most German thoroughbreds but are instead mid-premium cars, which it routs. Like before, much about the Genesis to it is far more expensive than it is. though, Hyundai#x2019;s full-size car doesn#x2019;t look rich on paper: It feels more it from behind the wheel,

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