2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec: Up Close

2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Looking at the Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, you might not think there's a 429-horsepower V-8 under the hood, and that's what I like about it. It's a full-size sedan that promises stout performance in a package that will go unnoticed by most radar gun-wielding police officers. It's even more of a sleeper than the Audi S4 or the dearly departed Pontiac G8 GXP.


That's not to say the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec doesn't have some flair. I particularly like the new headlights, which gain wave-like lighting elements that remind me of the ones from the Sonata Hybrid. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of the 19-inch alloy wheels; the black-painted highlights on them look a little gaudy.


The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec has some subtle styling cues on the inside, like a black leather steering wheel. But otherwise, the spacious cabin carries over mostly unchanged.


Official pricing for the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, which hits dealerships this spring, hasn't been announced, but Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik said the car should start around $45,000. That's around $1,000 more than the current Genesis 4.6, which seems like a performance bargain.




no optional 6 speed manual? bummer...


the steering wheel looks like it was lifted from an old camry.


You really thought that the Genesis sedan would have a manual? LOL


Steering wheel is more like that off an Avalon and is a big detractor from an otherwise great looking car. The wheels are a bit too closed off but that's because I prefer 5 and 6 spoke wheels.


I agree with all the comments above. I'll wait to see the next generation Genesis. From what I've read they got a lot of stuff right on this car but the sum total doesn't match the big boys. From Hyundai's recent history, you can bet they'll correct the deficiencies next time around.


the taillights look so much like the ones in the Infiniti M!!

Troy S.

A 5.0L 429 HP engine from Hyundai is very impressive.


Put that engine in the coupe and I will worship Hyundai.


Did they fix the ox-cart suspension?

John Madden

The steering wheel looks out of place. Other than that, I love it.


A $45,000 Hyundai? No one will buy it!!!

David mackey

Why do you guys even look at things if you don't like it? stick to your fords or what ever and quit bitch'n about hyundai...they are kick'n ass and will be nunber 3 in the world soon.


We sell more that you know of the 4.6l and we have gobs of people looking to trade up to the 5.0 or the Equus with its price tag of around $60,000


Oh and the thing about the v8 in a coup is that they believe the 8 is luxury only... also the coup would no longer be front engine rear wheel drive. It would have to be mid engine rear wheel drive. I have seen one it puts the firewall to close for comfort


front headlights look like Lexus LS and rear tail lights look like Infinit M. I think the perforance for a Hyundai is stellar! good car but will any one buy it? I say for 50 grand.. hello BMW M3

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