Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8 Weeklong Road Test

Although Hyundai just recently introduced a new 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan with a more powerful 5.0 liter V-8 engine and 8-speed automatic, thereare still plenty of 2011 Genesis models on dealer lots with the very capable 4.6 liter V8 and ZF 6-speed automatic. In fact, given the eminent launch of the 2012 model, now might just be the best time ever to get a terrific deal on a brand new Hyundai Genesis sedan with a mighty impressive 385 horsepower/333 lb. feet of torque V8 motor that returned a very impressive 18.4 miles per gallon given the power on hand.

Now, the 2012 version of the Genesis is going to be offered with the same basic 3.8 liter 333 horsepower/291 lb. feet of torque V6 along with the same 4.6 liter V8 tested here. But the new range topper (known as the 5.0R) tops the power charts with 429 horsepower/376 lb. feet of torque. Both V8 engines require premium fuel but the V6 motor does not so consider that in your budgeting for the lifetime cost of your new Genesis. And remember, the 3.8 liter V6 engine isn't exactly low on power despite its "base model" billing.

From a styling perspective, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis I tested in a scrumptious burgundy hue with high quality taupe leather seats was very, very appealing. Some have said the Genesis sedan looks generic but I think it is the most elegant and handsome vehicle that they make. But if you prefer your Hyundai look like something out of a Science Fiction movie by all means buy a Sonata.

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