2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec car review: Subtle hotrod

2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, prices and key specifications, as tested

Base price: $46,500

Features: HID Xenon adaptive headlights, headlight LED accents, fog lights, power-folding heated outside mirrors w/ turn signals, acoustic windshield/front side windows, rain-sensing wipers, auto windshield defogger, dual automatic climate control, leather seating, 8-way power driver seat w/ memory, 4-way power passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, cooled driver seat, leather-wrapped dash and door panel trim, aluminum interior trim, woodgrain-trimmed leather steering wheel, power tilt/telescoping wheel, Bluetooth, intelligent cruise control, power rear sunshade, trip computer, power windows w/ front auto up/down, proximity key w/ pushbutton start, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, front,/front and rear side/side curtain airbags, AM/FM/XM/HD/iPod/USB/AUX 6-CD changer/MP3 Lexicon 7.3 surround sound w/ 17 speakers, 11-channel digital external amplifier, navigation w/ 8-inch touch screen/nav traffic : std

  • Bridgestone performance tires:  $1,400
  • Destination: $850

Total: $48,750

Body style/layout: 4-door sedan, front engine/rear-wheel drive


  • Type: 5.0-liter 32-valve DOHC V-8
  • Displacement, cc: 5038
  • Block/head material: aluminum/aluminum
  • Horsepower: 429 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque: 376 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
  • Recommended fuel: unleaded premium
  • Fuel economy, EPA est.: 16/25 mpg city/highway
  • Fuel economy, observed: n.a.

Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/ paddle shift


  • Suspension, front/rear: 5-link / 5-link-link
  • Wheels: 19-inch alloy
  • Tires: 245/45R19
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc; 13.6-inch dia. front/12.4-inch dia. rear
  • Steering: electro-hydraulic power rack-and-pinion
  • Turning circle: 36.0 ft.


  • Wheelbase: 115.6 in.
  • Length: 196.3 in.
  • Height: 58.1 in.
  • Width: 74.4 in.
  • Curb weight: 4,024-4,132 lbs
  • Trunk volume: 15.9 cu. ft.
  • Fuel tank: 20.3 gal.

Warranty: 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain, 5-year roadside assistance

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John is a veteran auto writer, first published in Custom Rodder magazine in 1980. Since then, he has been published in all the big car magazines, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Auto Week, Automobile, plus a variety of others, including but certainly not limited to Automobile Quarterly, Collectible Automobile, and Special Interest Automobiles. John’s work has also been featured in a number of consumer and general interest magazines such as Consumers Digest, Popular Science and others. John has written four books, including a history of the Mazda RX-7 (selling for more out-of-print than it did new), buyers’ guides for Mazda, Datsun/Nissan and Volvo cars, and is co-author of 365 Cars You Must Drive with Motor Trend editor Matt Stone, and his work has been translated into Italian, Estonian, Portuguese, Russian, and Bulgarian. John is recipient of the prestigious Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, awarded by the International Motor Press Association, and the Golden Quill from the Washington Automotive Press Association. John has three adult daughters and has been married for more that four decades to Mary Ann, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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