2011 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The refreshed 2012 Hyundai Genesis, including a new 429-horsepower 5.0-liter R-Spec model, debuted at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
- All three variants in the 2012 Genesis lineup now get an eight-speed automatic transmission, an upgrade over the old six-speed transmissions offered in the 2011 Genesis.
- The 2012 Genesis goes on sale in April.
CHICAGO — The refreshed 2012 Hyundai Genesis, including a new 429-horsepower 5.0-liter R-Spec model, debuted on Wednesday at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Although pricing was not announced on the R-Spec model, expect it to be the most expensive Genesis ever, priced between $45,000 and $50,000, Hyundai told Edmunds.com.
The R-Spec is proving to be a study in how Hyundai continues its upward creep into the luxury segment, in terms of pricing, hardware and horsepower. In comparison, the top-of-the-line 2011 Genesis 4.6 model starts at $43,800, including shipping. The R-Spec churns out 44 more hp than the 4.6-liter V8 in the 2011 Genesis.
"No pricing yet, but (R-Spec) will be between $45,000 and $50,000," said James P. Trainor, Hyundai Motor America spokesman in a phone conversation with Inside Line.
The 2012 Genesis goes on sale in April.
The top-of-the-line 5.0-liter R-Spec gets a new 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 engine, which the automaker describes as the "most powerful Hyundai engine ever." Hyundai said it is targeting the Lexus GS 460, the Infiniti M56 and the Mercedes-Benz E550 with the R-Spec. Other details on the R-Spec include unique 19-inch alloy wheels with premium machined finish, dark chrome headlamp inserts, and unique R-Spec sport transmission, suspension and steering calibrations.
The R-Spec will be offered in three "sport-oriented exterior colors," said Hyundai. They include Black Noir, Titanium Gray and Platinum Metallic. The cabin gets outfitted in black leather with a black leather steering wheel.
Although the EPA has yet to rate the 2012 Genesis, Hyundai said the fuel economy in the R-Spec model will "nearly match" that of the 2011 Genesis 4.6. That version of the Genesis delivers 17 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.
The base 3.8-liter V6 in the 2012 Genesis gets a 15 percent improvement in output from 290 hp to 333. The 4.6-liter V8 in the 2012 Genesis is carried over from the 2011 model.
All three variants in the 2012 Genesis lineup get an eight-speed automatic transmission — an upgrade from the two different six-speed transmissions offered in the 2011 Genesis.
The Genesis gets a modest face-lift for the 2012 model year. Changes include what Hyundai calls a "more aggressive front fascia," redesigned headlights with LED accents, redesigned taillights, and brushed aluminum finish on the side window surrounds. All models now get daytime running lights.
The Genesis 3.8 Premium package will offer new power-folding side mirrors and heated rear seats, as well as a rearview camera, DVD navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, XM NavTraffic and 18-inch Hyper Silver split-spoke alloy wheels.
A formal pricing announcement will be made closer to launch.
Edmunds.com says: Hyundai makes further inroads into the luxury segment with the redesigned Genesis, with an eye toward high-performance aficionados and those with deep pockets. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent