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By Andrew Bornhop June 17,

Seoul, South Korea Can a large rear-drive sedan with the likes of. and ?

That’s the question.

And that’s precisely Hyundai has set out to answer with its new which is arriving at U.S. this summer.

The Koreans are off to a start, building an exceptionally luxury car with a rigid platform boasting lots of steel and structural adhesives. The is big, only 2.5 in. shorter a. But it doesn’t look that with styling that’s and trim and clearly derivative of marques. Who can’t see a in the Genesis

Or an in its face?

The Genesis clearly the part, a luxury sedan with two good powerplants. The car is powered by the Azera’s 3.8-liter V-6, modified for its new longitudinal and sending 290 bhp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed Aisin automatic More impressive is Hyundai’s proprietary V-8, a dohc powerplant dubbed the Tau that out 375 bhp at 6500 rpm and 333 lb.-ft. of torque at rpm on premium gasoline.

A thoroughly engine four years in the Tau is smoothly powerful, though not as as the Lexus 4.6-liter V-8, near its 6500-rpm redline. But sophisticated, with a …-cast block capped by a 2-stage manifold and cylinder heads continuously variable valve on both the intake and exhaust

Mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic, the Tau V-8 the 4005-lb. sedan to 60 mph in less 6 seconds. Shifts are torque-managed and although manual shifting is via nudging the gear lever, we the car rev-matched on downshifts for a sportier On a positive note, EPA fuel for the V-8 Genesis is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The suspension (coil springs and bars front and rear) lots of aluminum for reduced mass, and although U.S. are roughly 10-percent stiffer their Korean counterparts, the is not too firm. Sachs shock are valved for a plush ride on roads, then increase damping for better wheel on rough roads and in cornering.

The system works well, but pushed hard, the Genesis even with good weight balance — to understeer, evidenced by an outside tire (size 235/50R-18) howled on many of the test tight corners. On the high-speed the Genesis remained quite at triple digits, though not as composed as the BMW 530i on hand for purposes.

That Hyundai even had a 5 on hand for comparison speaks Clearly, Hyundai is proud of the and this shows inside, there are gobs of space and a curving dash that especially rich, dare I say covered with attractively leather. Most people never guess this is a

The ambience is heightened by Hyundai’s Information System, controlled a multifunction knob that the HDD navigation, Voice Recognition, and XM/HD radio with a hard drive.

Strangely, in the Genesis doesn’t have badges. It’s fitted winged Genesis labels, us think that Hyundai is launching a premium brand of its along the lines of or. Well, the has considered doing just only to put the kibosh on the notion now), citing the incredible

So, back to what matters: Can the compete with the Germans and In content, luxury and style, it Dynamically, however, we’d it to be sportier.

And in quality, well, in the ballpark, although we need time with the car.

It down to this: The Genesis is a lot of car for the with the V-6 starting at around and the V-8 at $40,000. That’s significantly than the competition — a that has worked for Hyundai it entered the U.S. in 1986.

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