Greg says “Looks like a Benz….drives like a Benz.”chicago 2011 2012 hyundai genesis r spec sedan rolls with a 5 011 300x199 2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec

He’s right.

After screwing together Sonatas and Accents that can stand toe-to-toe with Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans ( and some would say “beat”)…Hyundai has taken an up-market turn and decided to take on BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and the rest of the upscale gang.

So….how’s that working out for them?

Just fine. Real fine.

I tested a base-model 6-cylinder Genesis right after they came out in ’09…really liked the car…and didn’t see much room for improvement…and certainly didn’t see any need for a V-8.

I was wrong.

The top-of-line Genesis R-Spec turned out to be one of the best 4-door sedans that I’ve ever driven.

Remember that phrase: “Iron fist in a velvet glove”?

That’s the Genesis R-Spec.2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec interior thumb 607x403 47721 300x199 2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec

Visually attractive with some of the most comfortable seats I’ve ever experienced, the R-Spec can almost lull you into thinking that it’s just another luxury car…until you hit the hammer.

Yes…step hard on the pedal on the right and the Genesis R-Spec will deliver more “GO!” than the average person can handle.

If you’re a one-handed driver (cell phone permanently stuck in your ear) just go with a regular Genesis…and save yourself 10 thousand or so.

But if you enjoy wrapping both hands around the wheel and hitting the hammer when you can….consider the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec. Whole lotta’ fun.

Our Hyundai Genesis R-Spec came with a 429 HP V-8 and an 8-speed automatic…which gave it a mid-20’s highway MPG rating.

In town or at high speeds….figure on something like 20 MPG…or less.

Do an even 70 on I-75 and you could actually get mid to high 20’s.

But that’s not what this car is all about.

It’s about instant gratification.

Hit the gas and GO.r SPEC insig 150x150 2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec

Our R-Spec came with 19-inch alloys, sport-tuned suspension, soft perforated leather with heated and cooled drivers’ seat, rain-sensing wipers, electronic stability and traction control, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking assist with rear parking cam, an almost 16 cubic foot trunk….and all Hyundai’s come with a 5-year, 60,000 mile overall warranty…and a 100,000 mile, 10-year powertrain warranty.

What’s it take to dance?


Something like $10,000 – $15,000 less than a comparable Beemer or BMW.

Too much?

Get the base six-cylinder Genesis.

If you spend most of your time driving one-handed, you probably won’t notice the difference.


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