2012 Hyundai Genesis To Get 5.0-liter V8

The Hyundai Genesis was the first attempt by the automaker to create a luxury sedan and although this attempt was pretty good, Hyundai isn’t just going to sit by and watch their prized vehicle age ungracefully.

For the 2012 Hyundai Genesis, the automaker is introducing an all-new R-Spec trim level that will feature a 5.0-liter V8. Eventually, the engine will also find its way into the Equus, but for now, it lives inside the Genesis. The V8 has an output of around 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That is a monumental amount of power and blows away any similar engine from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

The new V8 in the Genesis will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that will help the sedan achieve a remarkable 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. On top of the new motor, the R-Spec will also get a revised suspension setup, steering unit and new 19-inch wheels.

If the massive 5.0-liter V8 isn’t for you, Hyundai will also be offering revised versions of the 4.6-liter V8 and the 3.8-liter V6. The former will now produce 385 horsepower, while achieving 26 mpg on the highway. The latter of the two engines, the 3.8-liter, will put out 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, which is a rise of 43 horses and 27 pound-feet of earth moving torque from the previous 3.8-liter.

For the new 2012 Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai didn’t just focus on the engines, as the Korean automaker has revised the car’s exterior and interior. To keep the sedan’s design fresh, Hyundai added a reworked grille and a new front fascia with new headlights that incorporate LED accents. Around back, the Genesis will get new taillights and dual exhaust tips.

Inside, the 2012 Genesis will get a host of new updates and the new 3.8 Premium technology package that will add a DVD navigation system, a rearview camera and 18-inch wheels.


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