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Hyundai’s 429-hp Genesis R-Spec to Cost $47,350, While Other Genesis Sedans Get Price Bumps

May 25, 2011 at 4:23pm by Alexander Stoklosa

Hyundai has released pricing information on its refreshed 2012 Genesis sedan (read a full rundown of the 2012's cosmetic changes and powertrain updates here), including the brawny 5.0 R-Spec model. The Hyundai with the five-point-oh produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, and is rated at 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. (That’s just one fewer mpg on each cycle than the 4.6-liter Genesis ekes out.) The V-8-powered 5.0 R-Spec will start at $47,350—just $2000 more than the Genesis 4.6, and in addition to the engine has a unique body kit, different rims, and—allegedly—sportier suspension tuning. It should be noted that the 5.0 costs less than a base BMW 535i, while packing 129 more horsepower and more standard equipment, though we acknowledge that few virtually no one will cross shop the two.

Genesis sedans with the other two powertrain configurations on offer, a 3.8-liter V-6 and 4.6-liter V-8, are updated for the 2012 model year, and also carry new price tags. The “base” Genesis sedan 3.8 starts at $35,050—a  $1200 increase over last year’s car—and sports a new 333-hp, direct-injected V-6 engine. The freshened V-6 is really win-win; it pumps out 43 more horsepower and 27 more lb-ft of torque than the outgoing V-6 did, and ups highway fuel economy from 27 mpg to 29 mpg. The Genesis 4.6, which was once the top-of-the-line engine in the sedan (and also served for a whopping 100,000 miles in our long-term test fleet) is now the middle child in the range, and rings in at $45,350, $1500 dearer than last year’s 4.6 model. Its 385-hp (on premium fuel), 4.6-liter V-8 is unchanged from last year. All three engines are paired with Hyundai’s new-for-2012 eight-speed-automatic transmission.

We hope the suspension tweaks being deployed across the Genesis line will quell the harsh ride we experienced in our long-termer, and are psyched to strap on our test gear and see to what extent the new engines improve on the Genesis’s performance stats.

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