• Feb 9th 2011 at 2:51PM
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2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery

The current Hyundai Genesis 4.6 sedan, with its 385 horsepower V8, is hardly a slouch. In fact, according to most road tests, the luxury four-door reportedly hits 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds. In an effort to raise the vehicle's performance bar and snuff out those who have complained about the four-door's lack of "sport," Hyundai has pulled the covers of its new 2012 Genesis R-Spec sedan.

Under the hood is a new 5.0-liter V8. The engine – the most powerful Hyundai has ever fitted to a street vehicle – is rated at 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a standard eight-speed automatic (with manual shift mode), the new powertrain should shave more than a few tenths off its sprint... and go some way toward adding the 'sport' prefix in front of 'sedan.'

Other performance goodies backing up the new engine include unique R-Spec transmission tuning, suspension upgrades, larger brakes and recalibrated sport steering. Wheels have been bumped up to 19-inch alloys wearing 235/45R19 tires (sticky Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Summer Tires are optional). Cosmetically, the sport sedan is differentiated by dark chrome headlight inserts, and new badging inside and out. The Genesis R-Spec sedan will be offered in Black Noir, Titanium Gray, and Platinum Metallic exterior paint, with black leather inside as standard-fit.

Photos copyright ©2011 Michael Harley / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      From spyshot, I thought the current Genesis will be a better choice.When I saw this lights on,I changed my mind right away...and with that engine....perfect match.....
      Wheels make the genesis look much different and it does look like a sports sedan.
      I found a video of it too.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvBHI6h2Z9s

      P.S. people are not interested or didn't see my comment??
      last time I'm uploading Chevrolet Orlando's debut video from youtube taken in Korea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WOW my whole post blew away in the other article!!!!
        Would you guys be so nice after blowing up your comments with effort???
      • 4 Years Ago
      goodness. This is something I am interested in hahahaha. Very nice :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car that should be worried is the Jaguar XF Supercharged. Similar HP ratings, RWD only, similar feature set, but this will probably undercut the Jag by $20K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone will be cross-shopping this with a Jag, but I'd take the Genesis over the Jag in a heartbeat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dunno guys, Hyundai have made some neat cars lately but this one kinda feels like the engineers thought.... hmm that bit from the lexus looks cool, take that
      Merc make a cool looking grill... take that
      Audi's lights look mean... grab a bit of that
      ... Presto our lexus/merc/audi/bmw blended through to make a luxury car
      • 4 Years Ago
      If someone told me 10 years ago that Hyundai would be building a 429 horsepower sedan I would have laughed till my left nut dropped off...what's next? A $300,000 Toyota? oh wait....
      • 4 Years Ago

      Rio is Portuguese for river, It's also the name of a Duran Duran album. I don't know where you get "intestinal disorder" (sic) from that.

      The Ford Aspire, the US market Kia Avella, was the entry level model, subplanting the Festiva and slotting under the Escort. Given its price point, it would likely be cross-shopped with used cars. A new car, as a purchase, would be broadly regarded in a better light than the purchase of a used car, an aspirational milestone, like buying a house. Hence Aspire.

      The Nissan Moco, a JDM only OEM relabel of the Suzuki MR Wagon, was sold only in the Japanese market. Most people in Japan don't speak Spanish, FYI. In Japanese (which to reiterate, most people in Japan speak) it's a contraction of the endearing term "Moco-Moco" or "warm and fuzzy," an appropriate name for a cute Kei car. The JDM rule also applies to the Laputa, which is a literary reference.

      The Pajero is indeed slang for wanker in some places, but it hasn't stood in its way in general. I don't know of any cases of MMC changing the name of the Shogun/Pajero/Montero mid-cycle in any market.

      Where in Europe are you supposed to be from? Certainly not a country that speaks French. Lacrosse, in French and in English refers to the sport. The controversy surrounding that car refers to the possible confusion with the Quebec specific slang "La Crosse," which does mean "self love." This is the reason the car was originally called the Buick Allure in Canada, but they have since returned to the LaCrosse name. I'm not sure where you added teenagers, but I'll leave you to deal with your issues.

      The Ford F-150 is a half ton capacity pickup truck. The F250 is 3/4 ton and the F350 is 1 ton. This can be equated to the fact that Audi's A8 is bigger than the A6, which in turn is bigger than the A4. Follow me so far?

      The 300 is a reference to the original 300 letter series cars. I will explain the rhyme and reason there as soon as you explain the Audi 80, 90, 100, and 200, and how those correlate.

      Finally, much like Audi, Mercedes designations meant even less than they do now prior to 1993, when the W202 C-class introduced the current letter-number convention. Prior to this, you could buy a 190E 2.6, which in the current scheme would be a C260.

      BMW has been more consistent, but we can't neglect the 2.3 liter 4 in some 325is.

      Careful who you're calling ignorant, sir.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Didn't expect a real answer, didn't get one.

        Clearly I don't think about diarrhea, teenagers having sex, and wanking as much as you do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, good morning to you too. Since you directed a post at me in reply to something not directed at you, I'll give you a quick answer before I head off to the office. Go play with yourself you wanker.

        Waste of time to even answer half the gibberish you posted, any monkey can Google this info, I was making light of car names, a list which I read from some humorous car magazine.

        And since you're too dense to figure it out for yourself, I'll also spell this one out for you:

        Kia Rio rhymes with DIARRHEA

        Maybe you're not ignorant but you truly are a wanker for not figuring that out.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The front looks a little too angular in my opinion compared to the rest of the car, while the rear looks way too generic; the current car's rear end at least is easy to spot with the clear reflectors on top of the red taillights. But those are minor issues; I'm excited about the new engines!
      • 4 Years Ago
      send this junk back to korea, It should not be allowed on US highways, If you buy one, move to korea, and drive it on there dirt roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So can I expect a 5.0 v8 in next years coupe????

      Me hopes. My 3.8 is lagging a bit :-/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rollin, in my 5.0.

      Sick car. I wonder how that baby will sound with a nice exhaust.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I trade my 2006 300SRT8 in for a 2011 300 SRT8, the new Genesis special ed is going to be THE FIRST car I add to my list of "cars I've blown away".
        • 4 Years Ago

        I wouldn't get all to excited about beating a car with over 1L less of displacement.

      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW! Wonderful news... looks like a nice machine.
      Excellent upgrades for the existing mills, but the 5.0 just looks like a "mines bigger" attraction.

      Now my OT pet peeve are the crap pictures we've been getting from these autoshows lately. It's just not the quality I'm accustomed to from AB.. buy the guy a camera or send him to a workshop PLEASE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai is really kicking a$$ and taking names lately.
      My father loves the Genesis and that will most likely be his next car and I am considering one also a commuter car, and my brother loves the Sonata.
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