The prototype comes out of the gates hard and continues through the first corner with tires and engine screaming. It later shows incredible pace through the various carousels and even exhibits some sideways action at points.
The sharper handling and dynamics is necessary to compete with German rivals such as the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E Class, but at the same it also helps differentiate the Genesis from the more luxurious Equus, which is tuned more for comfort.
Underpinning the car is believed to be a revised version of the outgoing model’s rear-wheel-drive platform, though with upgrades to support an all-wheel-drive system (an Audi allroad model is seen testing alongside it) and new eight-speed automatic transmission. Engines should once again include V-6 and V-8 options, with output ranging between 333 and 429 horsepower.
Inside, expect the usual array of premium materials, climate control air-conditioning, and the latest in infotainment and connectivity. Hyundai recently previewed its next-generation Blue Link telematics and infotainment system, complete with Apple Siri voice-activation and Eyes Free as well as Google Maps navigation services.
The 2014 Hyundai Genesis is expected to debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next January, with sales commencing shortly after. A new generation of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe should follow roughly two years down the track and has already been previewed in concept form.