2013 Hyundai Genesis Learns From The Beatles, Simplifies Things
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
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