The base engine is a 290-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6; the 'Tau' V-8 engine is available, and this year it gets a 10-hp boost, to 385 hp if you choose to operate it on optional premium fuel. The Genesis is certainly no slouch with the V-6, which provides swift acceleration, but the V-8 is truly quick—especially considering its price that's only slightly higher than rival V-6 models. In either model, a six-speed automatic shifts gears almost invisible, snapping off highly isolated, Lexus-like shift even at full throttle.
Hyundai stated that the V-6 car will run from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while the stronger new V-8 can make it in 5.3 seconds. The V-6 version can reach 130 mph, while the V-8 tops out at 155 mph.
The Genesis' independent suspension has multiple links and lightweight aluminum construction for nimbler response, but these big sedans are tuned more toward the comfort zone. Steering remains a disappointment; the 2011 Genesis doesn't have the crisp response or the taut ride quality of a Benz or BMW.