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2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Genesis 5.0 R-Spec a styling winner, but a mixed bag

Hyundai certainly knows what it’s doing as far as styling and creating a quality car these days, that’s why it continues to gain market share.genesis1

But its large Genesis luxury sedan is a mixed bag. Here’s why.

First, the tested Genesis 5.0 R-Spec is a great looking car that reflects a new Mercedes look. Obviously Hyundai designers were heavily influenced by Mercedes styling as its mid-size Sonata also very much borrows from the German car maker’s designs. Where Hyundai one-ups Mercedes is inside the cockpit. Hyundai successfully executes simple, elegant interior design with logical button and control placement and layout.

Likewise, Hyundai has figured out how to create beastly power and silky transmissions to tame it. Case in point, the pearl black test car’s 5.0-liter, V8 with dual CVVT creates a monstrous 429 hp. (R-Spec stands for Race-Spec, thus the prodigious power.) Yet linked with an 8-speed automatic with the Shiftronic feature so that you can manually shift if you so desire, the power is delivered with seamless shifts.

Want to fly up to freeway speeds? Just drop the pedal and the rear-drive Genesis rockets in a well-controlled burst, up to 60 in just a few seconds. Continue reading 2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec