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The 2011 Hyundai Genesis will hustle, though it lacks the dancing skills that its specs and layout imply.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

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surprisingly fast, if not especially nimble
Road & Track

felt like it was floating through a bucket of marshmallow fluff
Popular Mechanics

quick launches were held back by the transmission's hesitant kickdown

Steering is well weighted, too well weighted for some testers, and precise.
Consumer Guide

We’re not suggesting banishing that 5-series just yet, as the Genesis is tuned more for Lexus-like isolation than BMW-like involvement.
Car and Driver

The 2011 Genesis offers upscale shoppers a choice of two engines, though both share ride and handling that's considerably softer than those of comparable German sedans.

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.


The 2011 Hyundai Genesis will hustle, though it lacks the dancing skills that its specs and layout imply.

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