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Hyundai Genesis R-Spec: 5.Whoa!

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On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 1:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Hyundai Genesis R-Spec:  5.Whoa!

Have you heard about that new car with the 5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 in that bargain priced car? Yup, the one that produces well over 400-horsepower and accelerates like a bat out of hell? Oh, you have? It's amazing that a five-passenger sedan can make that kind of power, isn't it? Wait, what? You thought I meant some Pony Car? Oh no, no! This is the newest big bad... Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai—No, I'm serious.  

It seems that the Korean automaker is very intent on becoming a serious competitor to high-end automakers, as well as... well, everyone else. Quietly, we are seeing the emergence of a sport line called R-Spec. First, with the Genesis Coupe and now comes the 2012 Genesis R-Spec Sedan. This seductive sedan is equal parts luxury looker and boulevard bruiser, albeit in a much more tame manner than anything wearing an M badge from Germany or F badge from Japan.

For an extra $2000 over the base 4.6 liter V8's $45,350 you get substantially higher front and rear spring rates as well as higher damping rates (up 30%) on the Sachs ASD shocks. Also, Hyundai adds a 19-mm rear stabilizer bar. Steering has also been tweaked a bit to offer better feel and feedback. Then there's the extra 44 horsepower and 43 pound feet of torque (totaling 429 and 376 respectively, for those keeping score at home). Thanks in no small part to its eight speed automatic, the R-Spec Genesis loses only 1-mpg in economy compared to the standard Genesis. Although at 16/25 city/highway, you would never think that was a low figure by any stretch of the imagination for a 4000-pound 400-horse sedan.

Not coincidentally is the timing of the R-Spec Genesis. Hyundai is unveiling it concurrently with the new updated Genesis sedan that has a bit more of an Equus look about it with a new front bumper, power-folding side mirrors, new tail lights, LED accent lights, new dual exhaust system, improved rocker panels, heated rear seats, a lane-departure system, a new LCD instrument cluster. The R-Spec gets new 19-inch wheels, while the V6 gets a new set of 17-inchers to show off.

So for all of fun and excitement of the R-Spec, the big question is, of course, "What'll she do?" According to Hyundai, this 5.0-liter is not very far off another famous 5.0 with a 0-60 mph time of just 5.1 seconds. In fact, this 5.0 Hyundai can actually outrun almost every one of those 5.0-liter Mustangs of the 1990s. Think about that; a Hyundai sedan pulling away from the hot-rodding poster child of the grunge era. How the world changes, huh?

The new R-Spec is on sale now, so pack up the kids and go test drive one around town, on the highway, or even lined up at a traffic light next to an aging Mustang. The look on his face when you tell him that you too have a 5.0 will be almost as much fun as owning the R-Spec itself.

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RoadKill | 1:08PM (Sat, Jul 2, 2011)

I want a Hyundai. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?


NEWZPHLASH | 7:23PM (Mon, Jul 4, 2011)

400 Horsepower and a 5.0L Dual Overhead Cam, I wanna test drive one of these!


RoadKill | 4:16PM (Thu, Jul 7, 2011)

This Hyundai is Bad Ass!


DipStick | 4:20PM (Thu, Jul 7, 2011)

I concur!

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