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Genesis is set to launch the Genesis G70 in Australia shortly exclusively with an automatic gearbox, but that could be about to change.

Speaking to media at the 2018 New York motor show, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice that a manual gearbox is still on the cards when asked if we’d see it in right-hand drive trim.

“Yes. I know there are talks right now, so I’ll do my best. I think it’s going to be cool. I drove [the manual G70] and it’s a lot of fun,” Fitzgerald said.

The Genesis G70 is powered by a choice of two engines, headlined by a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque, shooting from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

It will also be available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four that produces 190kW of power and 353Nm of torque. Both models will be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and send torque to the rear wheels in Australia – markets like Korea and the US also get the option of all-wheel drive.

A six-speed manual transmission has been confirmed for the US market in 2.0-litre rear-wheel drive trim, but to date wasn’t going to be made available to right-hand drive markets like Australia.

This latest piece of commentary for a senior Genesis executive is good news and could signal some fun times ahead for the Genesis G70 in Australia.

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