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As you read this, the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan is coming a lots to dealers, and the korean automaker announces officially pricings, starting at $34,200 (not include $850 for destination and delivery). Presented at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show the facelifted Genesis four-door sedan it received a minor facelift and some other small interior changes, the big changes for the 2012 model year is what’s under the hood.

That $34,200 price point corresponds to the base version of the Genesis 3.8 GDi 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.

2011 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec

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The 4.6 used to be the range-topping Genesis, but for 2012, Hyundai has introduced the new Genesis R-Spec 5.0 GDi 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.


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[/DDET]

Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Kia & Hyundai. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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