• Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
  • Hyundai Genesis Sedan
2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan is hitting dealer lots as you read this, and pricing has officially been set at $34,200, not including $850 for destination and delivery. The facelifted Genesis four-door was unveiled at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, and though it received a minor facelift and some other small interior changes, the big news for the 2012 model year is what's under the hood.

That $34,200 price point corresponds to the base Genesis 3.8 sedan, which now uses a direct-injected 3.8-liter V6, rated at 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque – gains of 43 and 27, respectively, versus the 2011 model. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is also on tap, meaning the Genesis 3.8 will achieve up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

Moving up in the range, the Genesis 4.6 – $44,500 – also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, though its V8 engine remains largely unchanged. Power ratings carry over from 2011 – 385 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque.

The 4.6 used to be the range-topping Genesis, but for 2012, Hyundai has introduced the new 5.0 R-Spec model, which, as its name suggests, is fitted with the automaker's brand new 5.0-liter direct-injected V8. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Tau 5.0 is good for 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, while still returning 16/25 mpg city/highway. The R-Spec model also features unique 19-inch wheels, sportier suspension tuning and more aggressive appearance updates. The top-shelf Genesis retails for $46,500.

Follow the jump for the full details in Hyundai's press blast.
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New 5.0-liter V8 R-Spec Model, Enhanced Direct Injection V6 Engine and New Eight-Speed Transmission Improve Driving Dynamics and Refinement


Hyundai Motor America has announced prices for its refreshed 2012 Genesis sports sedan, starting at $34,200 for a well-equipped 333-horsepower V6 and $46,500 for the new 429-horsepower 5.0 R-Spec model. The 2012 Genesis is on sale now.


Genesis 3.8
3.8-liter GDI V6
8-speed A/T with SHIFTRONIC

Genesis 4.6
4.6-liter V8
8-speed A/T with SHIFTRONIC

Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
5.0-liter V8
8-speed A/T with SHIFTRONIC
$850 freight charge not included

The 2012 Genesis is highlighted by exterior design improvements, new direct injection technology for its Lambda V6 engine, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and enhanced chassis tuning. In addition, a new 5.0-liter direct injection V8 engine is now available exclusively with the 5.0 R-Spec model, which includes unique 19-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, optional Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position summer performance tires, and sport-tuned transmission, suspension and steering calibrations for exhilarating vehicle dynamics.

While these powertrain upgrades are meaner, the Genesis is also greener in an era of uncertain gas prices. For example, the heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is a new Tau V8 engine, producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This new Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. Even with this impressive power increase, fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, nearly matching the 4.6-liter V8 (17 mpg city/26 mpg highway). In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine will receive direct injection (GDI) technology, boosting its output 15 percent from 290 to 333 horsepower, an impressive gain of 43 horsepower with no increase in displacement. In addition, peak torque rises from 264 lb.-ft. to 291 lb.-ft., a generous increase of 27 lb.-ft. from the same 3.8 liters. This new direct-injected Lambda V6 produces a higher specific output (87.6 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated mid-luxury competitors, while 3.8-liter GDI fuel economy increases more than seven percent from 27 mpg to 29 mpg on the highway.

All Genesis models are now coupled with a new in-house eight-speed transmission. This new Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability. This new eight-speed transmission is the first offered by a non-luxury branded manufacturer.


Always seeking to enhance the Genesis driving experience, Hyundai engineers have made further refinements to the 3.8 and 4.6 model suspension damping calibrations. These precise adjustments serve to minimize the traditional compromises between handling precision and ride comfort. In addition, body roll control for the 3.8 model is enhanced, with the rear stabilizer bar diameter increasing from 17 mm to 18 mm.


Not content to rest on its laurels, Hyundai's design team has sought to make a great Genesis exterior design even better for 2012. For the front view, the grille has been enhanced, a more aggressive front fascia with larger intake openings was developed, and the headlights have been redesigned, adding LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs). From the side view, the standard 17-inch alloy wheel design has been freshened and the rocker panels have been refined. In addition, the mirrors now incorporate optional puddle lamps, while the side window surround now receives a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, the taillights have been redesigned and new dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are more cleanly integrated with a new bumper fascia.


For 2012, Genesis adds daytime running lamps to all models. Further, Genesis offers a newly developed Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), available on the 3.8 Technology package, 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec models. Braking is also improved on both the 3.8 and 4.6 models. The 3.8 model front rotor size increases from 12.6 inches to 13.0 inches, while adding higher performance 4-piston brake calipers, and the 4.6 model front brake rotors increase from 13.0 inches to 13.6 inches for greater fade resistance.


Genesis 3.8 Standard Equipment

2012 Genesis will also increase its impressive list of standard equipment, adding headlight LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs) and outside mirror puddle lamps.

Genesis 3.8 Premium Package

The 3.8 Premium Package will now offer newly developed power-folding outside mirrors. For 2012, the 3.8 Premium package will also include rearview camera, DVD navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen, XM NavTraffic, and 18-inch Hyper Silver split-spoke alloy wheels.

Genesis 3.8 Technology Package

The 3.8 Technology package will continue to satisfy tech-savvy buyers, adding a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), thin-film-transistor LCD gauge cluster readout and heated rear seats.

Genesis 3.8 Standard Features

3.8-liter GDI DOHC V6 with Dual CVVT with 333HP
Eight-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
Front & rear independent five-link suspension
SACHS® Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) shock absorbers
17-inch alloy wheels with P225/55R17 tires
Four-wheel disc brakes with Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags
Electronic active front head restraints
Automatic headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Headlight LED accents / Fog lights
Acoustic laminated windshield and front windows
Heated dual power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lamps
Leather seating surfaces with Power and heated front seats
Power windows with front auto-down/up with pinch protection
Electroluminescent gauge cluster
Proximity key with push-button start
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt
Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and Audio controls
Dual automatic temperature control
Electrochromic auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass
HomeLink® integrated transceiver
AM/FM/XM®/CD/MP3 audio system with 7 speakers
iPod®/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks
Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
Carpeted floor mats

3.8 Premium Package (02) MSRP: $4,800

Power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof
Tailored leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts
Integrated memory system (IMS)
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
Power rear sunshade
Rain-sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield
Lexicon® 14-speaker surround sound audio
DVD Navigation system with7-inch touchscreen display
XM NavTraffic® with 90-day trial
18-inch Hyper Silver split-spoke alloy wheels with 235/50R18 V-Let Michelin tires
Rearview camera
Power-folding outside mirrors
3.8 Technology Package (03) MSRP: $4,000
REQUIRES Premium Package

Lexicon® 17-speaker 7.1 Discrete audio system w/HD Radio®
Ultimate Navigation system with8-inch display
Six-disc DVD changer
Driver Information System (DIS) with multimedia controller
Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with integrated display
Smart cruise control
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
TFT LCD Cluster Display
Electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold
HID Xenon, adaptive (auto-cornering) headlights
Ultra-premium leather seating surfaces
Front and rear parking assistance system
Cooled driver seat
Heated Rear Seats
Genesis 4.6
(In addition to or in place of Genesis 3.8 TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE equipment):

4.6-liter DOHC V8 with 385HP (premium fuel) / 378HP (regular)

Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS)
Chrome lower bodyside moldings
Electrochromic auto-dimming outside mirrors
Illuminated door sill plates
Woodgrain-trimmed leather steering wheel
Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
(In addition to or in place of Genesis 4.6 equipment):

5.0-liter GDI DOHC V8 with 429HP

19-inch Premium Machined Finish alloy wheels with P235/45R19 tires
Unique headlamps w/dark chrome inserts
Sport-tuned suspension calibration
Unique R-Spec embroidered floor mats
R-Spec rear deck lid badging
Delete: Woodgrain from leather steering wheel

Port Installed Options Suggested Retail
iPod® cable $35
Emergency roadside kit $40
Wheel locks $50
Sunroof wind deflector $95
Composite cargo tray $100
Bridgestone® performance tires $1,400

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Davis Levon
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol somebody is going in through multiple accounts disliking everybody's positive comments about the Genesis its too funny!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A $50k hyundai makes about as much sense as an $80k VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Believe me, I like Hyundai and their products, but asking 46,500 for one of them in the US is just... just a little bit pushing it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $46500 for a 429hp luxury car?.......i think not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Option up a front wheel drive 4 cylinder Audi A4 which shares a lot of its DNA with the Golf and you could pay just as much. so $47k for one of these vehicles doesn't make sense, and IMHO it's not the Hyundai. The Germans are completely out of control with pricing. Their whole business model is based on juiced resale values to prop up cheap leases for expensive cars. In fact, last year BMW actually brought CPO cars to the NY Auto Show to promote their program. GM tried this around 2000 with SUVs...you can go back and look up how that turned out for them.
          • 4 Years Ago
          The A3 shares a lot of its DNA with the Golf, not the A4. Totally different platform. But, using the same comparison, the $46k Hyundai Genesis shares it's DNA with the $22k Genesis Coupe. So?
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing people buying a luxury car don't wanna sit next to poor people at the dealership, am i rite?
          • 4 Years Ago
          IF they were poor, they wouldn't be at any dealership. Last time I checked, you don't have to be rich to afford $46,000 car.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Yes, you do have to be rich to afford a $46,000 car.
          • 4 Years Ago
          I see Escalades parked in front of low rent apartments and trailers. It's all in where you put your priorities.
          • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Calling it R spec is a little embarrassing. Nice car, but there's no 'R'acing here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      333HP with an EIGHT SPEED transmission for $34K??? WOW!!!!
      Jon Norman
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler SRT8 2012 blows this car away. I'd never spend that kind of money on a Hyundai, but, an SRT8, more luxurious than the one I own is a definite winner. Genesis is a failure. It's sales were strong initially but over time, it doesn't move in comparison to slightly more expensive E classes and 5 series. That's cause Rich people don't care about "value". They care about name and true luxury material.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        Do you think "rich people" are clamoring a Chrysler?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        I like the SRT8 Chryslers but they are aimed at a different buyer than the T
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta say, that is a screamin' deal for a car that looks and performs as it does, nice work slanted H!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally. Desirable. Sport Sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
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          • 4 Years Ago
          I'd say 5.0 R-Spec is... on the spec sheet, that thing should be faster than IS350
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gawd, 333hp from a 3.8l NA v6? Sheesh. That's more than double what my 5.0 V8 from 1977 had, and probably gets better than double the gas mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Hyundai must be giving the product planners at other manufacturers many long, sleepness nights. The pace of their product improvement is relentless and their value is inescapable. Seriously, a loaded, roomy, high quality 333HP sedan with an 8 speed auto and 29MPG highway for well under $40K is a smoking deal if you don't care about badge value and you're not looking for a sports car. Anyone doubting Hyundai's arrival on the world stage a serious threat to mainstream manufacturers and, over time, luxury manufacturers is not paying attention. Don't sleep on Hyundai. As I see it, here's how the mainstream manufacturers break down: Toyota -- Struggling to recover from image problems, some deserved, some not. It's going to take years for them to get back on their feet, though I don't doubt they will. But where is the passion? The LX-A took 10 years, so it arrived at the wrong time with the wrong price. Toyota needs more than the new Toyobaru to re-establish their credentials. Honda -- Dangerously close to falling into Volvo/Saab status over the long haul if they don't start innovating again. Honda has always stood for efficiency, but when Ford, GM and Hyundai start beating you at your own game and your cars become bland and forgettable, what are you left with? Honda needs to figure out what their comopetitive differentiator is going to be for the next 20 years and get moving on it quickly. Nissan -- Rarely top of the heap and rarely bottom of the pile. Seems like slow steady growth and good corporate management genrally serves them well. Chrysler -- TBD, but 2 out of 3 8 balls agree, "outlook hazy." VW -- Another big unknown. Their play for volume and value sounds smart on paper, but they risk alienating their most loyal customers, so it's very risky. I worry that the new Jetta and Passat hold very little appeal to traditional VW customers, but will they be able to offset those people wil enough new customers? TBD. GM -- Gradually coming back from hard times, but you still get this sense that there are a lot of GM employees itching to return to their failed ways of doing things. I fear the company is reinventing itself in some corners, but that the stench of old GM might take a long time to wear off. It feels generational. Ford -- They got started on reinventing themselves before the big financial crisis and it shows. It looks like Ford is finally serious about building true world cars after several botched attempts in the past. Ford's US cars will definitely benefit from Ford's European cars. As I see it, Ford has fewer weaknesses in their product range than GM, but they also compete in fewer segments.
        • 4 Years Ago
          • 4 Years Ago
          Thanks. I'm a serious car nut but I try to balance that with an understanding of the auto industry because it's still a business in the end. And a very competitive business at that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai is surely legitimizing itself as a viable competitor in the luxury market... way faster than Honda could ever do with the Acura brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just an FYI, not defending Acura in any way, shape, or form, but the TL SH-AWD with the manual will run 0-60 in 5.2.
          • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Got it -- your original post was confusing because Acura already established itself as a viable competitor long ago, but they lost their way in the last 10+ years. Acura and Lexus charted the path that Hyundai is taking.
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