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When the second-generation Hyundai Genesis arrives in dealers, customers looking for the new all-wheel-drive variant will need to settle for the 3.8-liter V6. This is no bad thing, as the V6 is a sound engine, but what if you want that brawny, 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8? For now, you're stuck spinning the rear wheels.

A report from AutoGuide, though, claims that the new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system could be mated up to the Genny Sedan's optional V8 engine at a later date, as part of a new performance version. According to spokesman Miles Johnson, a performance-minded Genesis, perhaps in the same vein as the first-generation R-Spec, is being looked at by the powers that be at Hyundai and that there "may be a market demand for such a model."

Whether it'd add on to the V8's 429 ponies, or simply shore up other parts of the car while adding the AWD system remains to be seen. Of course, if we hear any more on an AWD, V8-powered, performance version of the new Genesis Sedan, we'll be sure to let you know.


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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn, another Chevy SS "ME-TOO" moment.... We get it... the V8 sedan performance segment is about to blow up. Enough me-too's already.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        The Genesis has been out a lot longer than the SS.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
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      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      yawwwn
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, Hyundai! This car looks great but PLEASE get rid of the ugly plastic shield on the grille!
        Mike J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        i agree with your sentiment, but a lot of cars have the same trouble hiding that bit of tech. Personally I like the Impala solution
        Elyria Hyundai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        that's the radar for the adaptive cruise.
      Charles Adrian Happy
      so we who live in the N.E. and snowbelt who want a V/8 with Awd will have to do without . If you are going to follow Mercedes and BMW and Even Lexus go all the way . make AWD an option at least . Some of us won't pay that kind of money foe a Detuned V/6 with AWD . DUMB MOVE !!!
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      While the first gen wasn't a super model it was conservatively handsome. This new Genesis is just a bit awkward looking. The grill sort of Mazda-ish but with horizontal bars. The rear 3/4 kind of Audi A7-ish but with different taillights. I don't think it will be as successful.
      Mike J
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Hyundai can you put the AWD on the Optima
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the original model, this doenst appeal to me, most Hyundai's do.
      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course there's a fricken' market for a big luxury sedan with a V8 engine and AWD. Just look at Audi.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kal_elkal
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      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      model s esque....
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the current 5.0L V8 direct injected? If not then I could easily see a 500hp motor with the current one outputting 429hp.
      Air Freshh23
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they going to do a R-spec, they need to do a LITTLE exterior change like how AMG or M does it with their cars. Simply make it more sporty!
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