2011 Chicago Auto Show: 2012 Hyundai Genesis Facelift

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Making its debut today at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show is the facelifted 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan, which is set to go on sale in late March with a new range-topping V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai has managed to make its multi-award winning luxury sedan even better, with exterior design improvements, new direct injection technology for its base Lambda V-6 engine, enhanced chassis tuning and the addition of the sporty 5.0 R-Spec model.

Hyundai’s most powerful engine ever
The heart of the new Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is a 5.0-liter ‘Tau’ V-8 engine with direct injection technology producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Even with its extra displacement and performance, the 5.0-liter mill nearly matches the current 4.6 V-8 in fuel economy, returning an estimated 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway versus the 4.6’s 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Sending drive to the rear wheels is Hyundai’s new in-house developed eight-speed automatic transmission. The two additional ratios help to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by 6.0 percent over the former six-speed. The advanced transmission also gets paddle-shifters for pseudo manual control and is standard across the 2012 Hyundai Genesis range.

Eight-speed automatic standard on Genesis and Equus
Note that the 5.0-liter, eight-speed automatic drivetrain combo will be fitted as standard on the 2012 Hyundai Equus flagship sedan on sale this summer.

The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, meanwhile, also gets more aggressive chassis tuning, with thicker stabilizer bars front and rear, custom 19 inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 summer performance tires, uprated brakes and sports calibrated steering.

To further differentiate the 5.0 R-Spec from the regular 4.6-liter Genesis are unique headlights with dark chrome inserts, R-Spec badging and custom floor mats.

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