I think Australian V8 fans are going to have a heart attach if/when this car makes it to Australia. The Hyundai Genesis is Hyundais first venture in V8 Sedan territory. Powered by Hyundai's new 4.6L Tau twin-cam, 32-valve, all-alloy V8 engine, Hyundai has not only made a V8 sedan, but also, dare I say, a good looking one too.
Currently Hyundai intends to release this car next year in left-hand-drive markets only and there is no real confirmation if it will ever be made in right-hand-drive and make its way to Australia.
The Genesis has a weight distribution of 53:47 front/rear for balanced handling as well as more refined steering characteristics. The car also comes with ESP as standard.
Hyundai have changed a great deal in the last few years. They have changed so much that they are now happy to compare themselves to the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Hyundai says that the Genesis will be utilizing ultra high-tensile steel in critical areas in the body shell which will provide the Genesis with a 12-14 percent higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body-in-white weight than the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Not bad!
If we simply just ignore everything else for a moment and try to concentrate on the fact that this is Hyundai's first V8. The ultimate question comes to mind, power. So just how much power does this Tau 4.6-litre V8 engine mated to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control and a limited-slip differential put out?
Well over 300 horsepower (223kW) and 400Nm of torque is the answer. It will surely give this new Hyundai some street cred. 0-100 times are expected to be well under six seconds. Hyundai says that they have built this engine with a Supercharger in mind, who knows, in 5 years time Hyundai might release a 300kW supercharged V8 (HSV take note).
As mentioned, the Hyundai Genesis comes with ESP with traction control. It also comes with eight airbags and active head restraints. ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), the disc front rotors being 12.6-inch (320mm) and the rears 12.4-inch (315mm).
HYUNDAI GENESIS PREMIUM SPORTS SEDAN : SPECIFICATIONS
- Configuration: Front engine rear-wheel-drive sports sedan
- Wheelbase: 2935 mm / 115.6 inches
- Overall length: 5005 mm / 197.0 inches
- Overall width: 1863 mm / 73.3 inches
- Overall height: 1490 mm / 58.7 inches
- Track, f/r: 1575 mm / 62.0 inches, 1580 mm / 62.2 inches
- Wheels: 20” multi-spoke alloy
- Engine type: V8
- Estimated max power: Well over 300HP (+223kW)
- Estimated max torque: Over 300 lb. ft. (+407Nm)
- Displacement: 4,627 cc
- Block material: High pressure die casting aluminium block
- Cylinder head material: Aluminium
- Valvetrain: Dual Over Head Camshafts (DOHC) per bank
- Valve timing: Continuously variable
- Variable induction system
- Fuel delivery: Multi-port fuel injection
- Bore & stroke: 92 x 87
- Estimated 0-60 mph (96km/h): well under 6.0 seconds
- Top speed: 130 mph (209km/h) (restricted)
- Recommended fuel: Unleaded petrol.
- transmission type: ZF 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control
- Suspension: Front: multi-link (5-link) / Rear multi-link (5-link).
- stabilizer bar (front/rear): 26 mm/18 mm
- Weight distribution front to rear: 53:47
- Brakes: Power-assisted 4-wheel disc with ABS,EBD & BA.
- Front brake diameter (mm / in): 320 / 12.6 ventilated disc
- Rear brake diameter (mm / in): 315 / 12.4 solid disc
- Steering type: Speed-sensing rack-and-pinion
- Steering ratio: 14.86
We welcome Hyundai to the world of V8s.