2012 Hyundai Genesis facelift review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 10 February 2011 , 17:02:16 byAngela

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Hyundai Genesis facelift

The segment sedan leadership is continued by Hyundai's award-winning Genesis which offers an improved design, new eight-speed automatic transmissions, new direct injection technology with the new 5.0-liter direct injection V8 engine, as well as an enhanced chassis tuning. The most powerful engine ever stays at the base of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model, a new Tau V8 which delivers no more than 429 HP at 6,400 rpm together with 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This new V8 further incorporates Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, rings, tappets, a tuned variable induction system as well as low-friction diamond-like coatings on piston skirts. This engine is mated to a new in-house eight-speed transmission, which enhances acceleration by two additional ratios and compared to the former six-speed, it provides a better transmission efficiency by six per cent.
Besides the more aggressive styling cues, the R-Spec model is mainly defined by a more distinct front appearance due to the unique headlights with dark chrome inserts, an R-Spec trim designation badge added to the rear deck as well as black R-Spec floor mats. The Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine is going to receive direct injection technology, obtaining a power boost by 15 per cent, from 290 to 333 HP, while peak torque was increased from from 264 lb.-ft. to 291 lb.-ft. An in-house-developed eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC will be coupled to all 3.8-liter engines, offering also an improved efficiency by six per cent thanks to two additional ratios. The 3.8 and 4.6 model suspension damping calibrations were refined by Hyundai engineers, thus managing to minimise the old compromises between ride comfort and handling precision. The exterior design of the Genesis makes it even greater by the enhanced front grille, larger intake openings, redesigned headlights, daytime running lights together with a more aggressive front fascia. World-calss active and passive safety features maximize the well-being of the driver and passengers in the event of a collision and maintain Hyundai's leading safety technology.
Heated rear seats with console controls an newly-developed power-folding outside mirrors are offered by the 3.8 Premium Package, while the 3.8 Technology Package adds newly-developed Lane Departure Warning System and thin-film-transistor LCD gauge cluster readout.