For 2013, the fast, sporty and fully loaded 5.0 R-Spec model becomes the lone V8 alternative to the standard 3.8 V6. There is also a new 8-inch display with enhanced multi-media controller, and Blue Link telematics now accompany the navigation system (both standard on 5.0, optional on 3.8).
The big news for the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan is the introduction of the 429-horsepower 5.0 R-Spec sport sedan. The Genesis R-Spec features a sport suspension, transmission and steering calibrations, as well as unique 19-inch alloy wheels and dark chrome headlamp inserts. Also new is an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all trims. All Genesis sedans receive a mild exterior freshening. The 3.8-liter V6 engine gains direct fuel injection, which helps give it 333 horsepower, up from last year's 290.
Changes for 2011 are limited to the 4.6 model, which gains an additional 10 horsepower, a faster zero to 60 time (5.3 seconds vs. 5.7 seconds) and the addition of last year's Technology Package – navigation, Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround sound audio, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps, heated and cooled front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera – as standard equipment.
Smart Cruise Control and an electronic parking brake with automatic hill hold are added to the Technology Package, while a new 7-inch navigation system is made available on 3.8 and standard on 4.6 trims. Ultra-premium leather seats are added to 3.8 Premium, Premium Navigation and Technology Packages.
That the 2014 Hyundai Genesis has garnered so much attention is no mystery. How the Koreans are able to build a sedan that can nip at the heels of a Mercedes or Lexus for so little money, however, still has some scratching their heads in wonder. Powerful, feature filled and equally comfortable on the highway as it is winding back roads, the Genesis proves you don't have to pay a lot to get a lot. Although Hyundai likes to pit the Genesis against such names as the Audi A6 and Lexus GS, it is priced more in line with the Volkswagen CC and Chrysler 300. However, although the Genesis offers a choice between a frugal V6 and potent V8, it doesn't offer an all-wheel-drive platform or a diesel engine – features increasingly popular among the big luxury players.