2019 Genesis G70: Korea's Answer to Germany Comes to America With Available LSD and Sport Package
Considering how the popularity of crossover vehicles resulted in the industry-wide genocide of passenger cars, it is both strange and exciting to discuss a new sedan. While we haven’t reached the point where one could describe the situation as a blending of Children of Men and Disney’s Cars franchise, new models with a low center of gravity are becoming increasingly difficult to come by.
That’s why we’re glad Hyundai’s luxury Genesis division built the G70 and saw fit to allow the ability to option it with a manual transmission. You read that correctly; there is an automaker that builds a competitively priced luxury sedan that can be had with a manual transmission. However, buyers need to actually purchase these vehicles for the brand to rationalize that decision in the years to come.
The idea already looks to be on rather thin ice. Despite sharing a platform with the G70, Kia’s Stinger lacks the manual option for reasons unknown to us. But we can guess it has something to with the company lacking faith that they’ll move many models in a manual configuration.
There’s a little of that going on over at Genesis, too. While the company is happy to offer the sticked version with the base engine, the brawnier twin-turbo V6 is a different story. Fortunately, mating the six-speed manual to the smaller 2.0-liter turbo results in a fewer ponies getting lost along the way. Unlike the base car (equipped with an eight-speed automatic), the manual variant boasts 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
It’s not exactly an engineering miracle, but selecting your own gears also nets you rear-wheel drive, unique sport exhaust, Brembo brakes with enhanced performance pads, and “additional weight reduction measures.” You can also option a limited-slip differential.
That LSD lands in the AWD-equipped cars as well and, if all you care about is performance specs, you’ll probably want to get one of those with torque vectoring. The 3.3-liter V6 may not come with a manual but it does boast a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, thanks to its 365 horsepower and 376 foot-pounds of torque.
Additional options include adaptive sport suspension, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, and Active Sound Design — which pumps in faux exhaust noises paired to the car’s five available drive modes (Sport, Comfort, Smart, Eco and Custom).
The G70 was officially unveiled in September and had its U.S. debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Meanwhile, Hyundai has been trying to figure out a way to get the Genesis brand its own dealer network, or at least ensure existing Hyundai/Kia shops give the luxury models their own area.
You might think separating the G70 and the Kia Stinger would be essential, as they’re basically the same car and eagle-eyed shopper could see through the luxury veneer. But they aren’t the same. While they share a common architecture, the Genesis is noticeably smaller, isn’t a hatchback, and weighs about 100 pounds less in every configuration.
It’s also a more dialed-in package than the Stinger, which wears its development as a grand tourer on its sleeve. That’s not a dig against the Kia, it’s simply a reminder that these two cars are less similar than you might assume. The G70 launches in the United States this summer. While pricing has yet to be announced, we suggest taking a look at similarly quipped Stingers and tacking on a couple grand.
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- Keith Maybe my market's different. but 4.5k whack. Plus mods like his are just donations for the next owner. I'd consider driving it as a fun but practical yet disposable work/airport car if it was priced right. Some VAG's (yep, even Audis) are capable, long lasting reliable cars despite what the haters preach. I can't lie I've done the same as this guy: I had a decently clean 4 Runner V8 with about the same miles- I put it up for sale around the same price as the lower mile examples. I heard crickets chirp until I dropped the price. Folks just don't want NYC cab miles.
- Max So GM will be making TESLAS in the future. YEA They really shouldn’t be taking cues from Elon musk. Tesla is just about to be over.
- Malcolm It's not that commenters attack Tesla, musk has brought it on the company. The delivery of the first semi was half loaded in 70 degree weather hauling potato chips for frito lay. No company underutilizes their loads like this. Musk shouted at the world "look at us". Freightliners e-cascads has been delivering loads for 6-8 months before Tesla delivered one semi. What commenters are asking "What's the actual usable range when in say Leadville when its blowing snow and -20F outside with a full trailer?
- Funky D I despise Google for a whole host of reasons. So why on earth would I willing spend a large amount of $ on a car that will force Google spyware on me.The only connectivity to the world I will put up with is through my phone, which at least gives me the option of turning it off or disconnecting it from the car should I choose to.No CarPlay, no sale.
- William I think it's important to understand the factors that made GM as big as it once was and would like to be today. Let's roll back to 1965, or even before that. GM was the biggest of the Big Three. It's main competition was Ford and Chrysler, as well as it's own 5 brands competing with themselves. The import competition was all but non existent. Volkswagen was the most popular imported cars at the time. So GM had its successful 5 brands, and very little competition compared to today's market. GM was big, huge in fact. It was diversified into many other lines of business, from trains to information data processing (EDS). Again GM was huge. But being huge didn't make it better. There are many examples of GM not building the best cars they could, it's no surprise that they were building cars to maximize their profits, not to be the best built cars on the road, the closest brand to achieve that status was Cadillac. Anyone who owned a Cadillac knew it could have been a much higher level of quality than it was. It had a higher level of engineering and design features compared to it's competition. But as my Godfather used to say "how good is good?" Being as good as your competitors, isn't being as good as you could be. So, today GM does not hold 50% of the automotive market as it once did, and because of a multitude of reasons it never will again. No matter how much it improves it's quality, market value and dealer network, based on competition alone it can't have a 50% market share again. It has only 3 of its original 5 brands, and there are too many strong competitors taking pieces of the market share. So that says it's playing in a different game, therfore there's a whole new normal to use as a baseline than before. GM has to continue downsizing to fit into today's market. It can still be big, but in a different game and scale. The new normal will never be the same scale it once was as compared to the now "worlds" automotive industry. Just like how the US railroad industry had to reinvent its self to meet the changing transportation industry, and IBM has had to reinvent its self to play in the ever changing Information Technology industry it finds it's self in. IBM was once the industry leader, now it has to scale it's self down to remain in the industry it created. GM is in the same place that the railroads, IBM and other big companies like AT&T and Standard Oil have found themselves in. It seems like being the industry leader is always followed by having to reinvent it's self to just remain viable. It's part of the business cycle. GM, it's time you accept your fate, not dead, but not huge either.
As high as a take rate the manual SS had I'm surprised they didn't see fit to make higher trims available with the manual. Not that I would ever buy one, leave the 4s and 6s for the economy duds, put that manual transmission behind a real V8 as God intended.
Currently if I were interested in a sports sedan again , this would be at the top of my list. Not that I'd be interested in voiding a great powertrain warranty but there is a solid 2.0T aftermarket left over from Gen Coupe that I'm sure will be offering tuning support.I just need to get over my 996.2,997.1 infatuation first.