2013 Hyundai Genesis Learns From The Beatles, Simplifies Things

By Matthew Askari | August 15, 2012
Are Hyundai engineers and designers listening to The Beatles "Getting Better" on repeat? It seems each year, the Genesis is—we have to admit—getting better, a little better all the time. Last year Hyundai introduced a performance inspired, top of the line R-Spec model powered by a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, capable of 429 hp, the most yet seen on a Hyundai. We drove the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, and suffice it to say, with all the goodies Hyundai loaded onto this $46,000 sedan, we were impressed. It outshines anything comparably priced, and to find the same content and features on say, a BMW 550i, you'd have to shell out $15k-20k more. The BMW 550i is a much better driver's car, but Hyundai seems to be taking some initial steps to make the 2013 Genesis a better car. For one, it's ditching the older, mid-level 4.6-liter V-8 engine. It's also got a new, upgraded navigation system. The 2013 Hyundai Genesis still offers the entry level 3.8-liter V-6 good for 333-hp, and the aforementioned 5.0-liter V-8 good for 429-hp, but gone is the less efficient, 4.6-liter, 385-hp V-8. The two remaining engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. And with technology a growing point of interest among buyers, Hyundai says its BlueLink media and navigation system is more intuitive, boasts a new joystick to scroll through media options, and a new, bigger, eight-inch screen. The new system has a 64 GB drive, too. Ditching an older engine and upgrading the nav isn't dramatic, but you have to admit, it's better. Source: Hyundai