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Hyundai Announces 2012 Genesis Sedan Pricing

Hyundai Motor America headquarters in Fountain Valley, California announced new pricing for its 2012 Genesis Sedan to reflect the chassis, engine and transmission refinements announced in February.

Designed to compete with the Lexus ES 350, Cadillac CTS Sedan and the Lincoln MKS, the Genesis is a rear-wheel drive, full size, four door sedan. The Genesis is also available as a two-door coupe. Both the sedan and coupe are assembled in Ulsan, South Korea.

The 2012 sedan will be offered in three trim levels. The 3.8 is the base model which features a 3.8 liter Lambda V6 engine, priced at $34,200. The 4.6 is the premium model with a 4.6 liter Tau V8, priced at 44,500, and the sporty R-Spec is powered by an all new 5.0 liter Tau V8, priced at $46,500. Prices for the 2012 coupe have yet to be announced, but the 2011 model starts at $22,250 for the 2.0T, which features a 2.0 liter intercooled, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine.

All three engines for the sedan feature aluminum block and heads with dual overhead cams, variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust, and direct gasoline injection. All sedan models come standard with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which has been internally tested to increase power transfer efficiency by 6%. The new transmission features “Shiftronic”, allowing the driver to override the automatic function with manual up and down shifting. The suspension has tuning enhancements to its five-link front and five-link independent rear set-up, including refined damping and larger front and rear sway bars, depending on trim level. Braking improvements to the 3.8 and 4.6 models include larger rotors and new 4-piston calipers.

Hyundai considers the R-Spec sedan to be its “flagship” car, with its most powerful engine ever. The 5.0 Tau V8 produces 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. The Tau V8 has been named one of Ward's Ten Best Engines for the third consecutive year.

Hyundai has been selling cars in the US for 25 years and is continuing its presence stateside with a manufacturing facility in Alabama, engineering facilities in Michigan, and design, research, and testing grounds in California.