2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec: Review notes

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The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

By: Andrew Stoy on 12/07/2011

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DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: After my knowledge in our primary Hyundai Genesis sedan, I was hoping the hopped-up replica counting exorcise a number of of the handling demons in the bottom sedan. Sure enough, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec is considerably improved on the highway supposed the non-R model, by means of not any of the tire squirm or instability so as to plagued so as to car. Chalk it up to dissimilar suspension tuning or better tires, but petroleum Genesis was a perfectly pleasant highway tourer by means of outstanding damping and sound isolation. The engine is a delight, physically powerful and torquey--Hyundai actually has a world-class powertrain on its by means of no trouble here.

The devil, again, is in the details: The center resources overall are exceptional but the car smells inexpensive. Crazy, perhaps, but at what time I get in the Genesis, I see Mercedes-Benz and stink 1987 Excel. It matters. Similarly, a pair of random touchpoints reveal cost-cutting. The board investment the electric steering-wheel adjuster is complete of the the majority sensibly priced artificial I've still felt, complete additional clear by its placement neighboring to a lavishness feature. The pedals motionless sense flexible and plasticky underfoot, and screw holes on the rear of the steering wheel drop now at the spot the driver's center fingers relax at what time investment the wheel.

My overall impression is so as to the R-spec Genesis sedan is come again? the usual Genesis sedan be hypothetical to sense like. There's no violent tuning leaving on here; it just brings the Genesis up to a height approximating the German midsize-sedan offerings.

Those charitable for a BMW M or a Mercedes-Benz AMG contestant determination discover nothing of attention in the Genesis sedan R-Spec. But persons seeking a capable near-luxury car for fewer supposed $50,000 strength discover petroleum car construct a forceful case.

SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: This is probably the the majority excellent Hyundai, overall, I've seen or driven. Sharp German-esque styling (I see a small Infiniti in a number of of the particulars as well), a low stance, 19-inch Bridgestones filling the wheel arches, and nice lavishness particulars genuine as the illuminated "Genesis" logo on the kick plates create for a sharp-looking midsize sedan so as to moderator by means of a physically powerful catalog of normal equipment. Good luck annoying to discover a similarly outfitted BMW or Mercedes for fewer supposed $50,000.

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

The Genesis is comfortable, by means of a high-quality heavy place and well-designed seats. The center plan is healthy conceived (and obviously display as of Mercedes), and the execution lacks in places. Some of the controls and switches, particularly the rotary knob so as to controls the multimedia interface, sense fairly flimsy and inexpensive, and a number of of the leather trim large additional similar to pleather supposed cowhide.

The real driving? Rather mundane, frankly. Don't let the "R-Spec" designation and come again? it implies lift by means of prospect eager on the sport-sedan realm, since you'll be disappointed. As Andy mentioned, all Genesis heavy be hypothetical to be set up petroleum way, and I'm disappointed so as to Hyundai elected to squander an "R" badge on a setup so as to is just pedestrian. The ride and handling wrap up doesn't do no substance which to scream "dynamic," and present is a boatload of bodyroll at what time you attack curves. I hustled the car approximately a freeway ramp and its performance complete me say out loud, "Oh, I see you don't similar to that, Genesis . . . OK."

I'm not throwing the R-Spec's responses beneath the bus, since it's perfectly well-sorted for "normal" driving. It now doesn't bring a sport-sedan knowledge or sense anywhere close to as tight as its upscale competition.

The engine is a physically powerful point, by means of imposing authority and torque; I'm not a fan of its "whiny" sound, though. This fake not fairly bring the noise you probably stay for as of a V8, but the car accelerates physically powerful and cruises quietly, two dangerous thought for a real-world lavishness experience. The transmission, however, is slow to react to throttle input throughout "kickdown" situations; Hyundai's powertrain populace require to get better this.

The irresistible theme at petroleum time is so as to the Genesis R-Spec rapidly a hell of a lot to like, together in,within and out. Just don't get eager on it expecting BMW-like reflexes.

2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Base Price: $47,350

As-Tested Price: $47,385

Drivetrain: 5.0-liter V8; RWD, eight-speed automatic

Output: 429 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 376 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,154 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 19/18.3 mpg

Options: iPod cable ($35)



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