2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Test Drive – Hyundai Genesis Sedan Review – Popular Mechanics

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Price: $39,850 $47,350

Competitors: Mercedes E-Class, Infiniti M series, GS, BMW 5-Series, Chrysler 300, CTS

Powertrains: 3.8-liter V6, 333 hp, 291 lb-ft; V8 385 hp, 333 lb-ft; 5.0-liter V8, 429 hp, 376 lb-ft; automatic with manual RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy):

What’s New: The Genesis sport sedan#151;the cream of the Genesis crop#151;gets Hyundai’s engine ever, a gasoline (GDI) 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 429 hp, to an all-new, proprietary 8-speed transmission. Versions of the transmission throughout the Genesis sedan this is the second time been freshened up in only years on the market.

The base V6 gets GDI as well, and even a 15 percent gain in power to a 333 hp, the car’s fuel economy improves by 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway. planner Ricky Lao says the previous 4.6-liter Tau V8 continues in the sedans, though it has previously for only 20 percent of sales, and the new version with GDI will cut that further.

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Tech Tidbit: The 8-speed that Hyundai developed carries 130 patented technologies, direct-control solenoid valves. yield smoother shifts a 40 percent reduction in pressure compared with previous control systems, and they the functions formerly served by body control valves.

The can skip shifts as the electronics necessary, has an enhanced torque lock-up strategy and employs to let the driver shift manually. And car in the line has its own specially tweaked with gear ratios to each engine’s power characteristics.

Driving Character: The R-Spec we over two-lane roads and highways outside Las Vegas the Valley of Fire) was a real reminding us of German autobahn with its abundant power and overdrive, which lets it quietly across the countryside. more than 300 lb-ft of on tap beginning at 1500 rpm and a maximum weight under 4200 the Genesis doesn’t really 8 speeds#151;it gets up and runs in any

The R-Spec also gets suspension with stiffer and shocks as well as a larger antiroll bar. The steering and are tuned for crisper response. In even the uprated 3.8-liter V6 we also sampled on the same has ample power, and the added in the transmission improve fuel without compromising performance.

Detail: Among other exterior upgrades, Hyundai LED accents to the headlamps. Unlike automakers that expose LEDs as if to boast about the itself, Hyundai uses a panel to create a distinctive

Driver’s Grievance: Hyundai has shifters behind the steering in the Genesis coupe, but they’re to be found in the sedan. The sporty version of the sedan should at offer them. While grousing, the dashboard indicator that shows you what you’ve selected with the shifter could be larger or a color to make it easier to out at a glance.

The Bottom Line: It seems during the economic downturn, in the near-luxury segment have more willing to give up a prestige brand than to a smaller or less powerful That’s helped Hyundai’s car break in: Genesis sales are up 33 between 2010 and 2011.

Adding power and technology improving fuel efficiency for Hyundai still wields a price advantage when with those prestige the Genesis 3.8 liter is $12,000 than an Infiniti M37, and the is more than $17,000 than a less powerful BMW Genesis has been gaining share for 23 consecutive months, but two significant engineering upgrades mere facelifts) in 2010 and on a car introduced only in 2009, clear Hyundai is not content to on its laurels.

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