• 2008 Hyundai Genesis

    2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai aims to shatter premium automobile paradigms with the North American International Auto Show introduction of its new flagship, the all-new Genesis sports sedan on January 13. With capabilities and features comparable to $60,000 premium sedans, Genesis will be offered at a starting price under $30,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

Genesis is built on Hyundai’s all-new, performance-driven rear-wheel-drive architecture. It offers three powertrains, including 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engines, and Hyundai’s all-new 4.6-liter Tau V8. Tau will produce an estimated 368 horsepower on regular fuel, and lead all its competitors in specific output with 80 horsepower per liter. With technology rivaling more expensive luxury sedans, Genesis showcases features such as XM NavTraffic, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Smart Cruise Control, Lexicon® audio systems and electronic active head restraints.

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“While Genesis will compete for customers with cars like Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8, our engineering benchmarks were Mercedes E-Class, Infiniti M, and Lexus GS,” said John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Genesis provides a potent combination of performance, luxury, and value. We think it has the opportunity to be an extremely disruptive force in the large sedan and near-luxury segments.” Genesis ushers in a new era for Hyundai. Its all-new rear-wheel drive architecture will spawn more products in other segments, as suggested by the Concept Genesis Coupe shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2007.


Genesis is built on an all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture, its first application in a U.S. Hyundai model. Genesis boasts a near ideal 53/47 front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics. The rear-wheel-drive layout allowed engineers to position the car’s front wheels farther forward delivering outstanding handling and steering performance. Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the industry’s most important new safety technology, further enhances the vehicle’s driving confidence. Hyundai leads all popular car brands in the standard application of ESC, with more than 70 percent of 2007 Hyundai sales featuring ESC as standard equipment.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis

Genesis reduces interior noise levels and improves ride and handling with a stiffer, lighter body structure. The use of high tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody provides Genesis with 12-14 percent higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight than the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class – despite having a substantially larger cabin than either of those benchmarks. Hyundai Genesis has more interior volume than Mercedes Benz E-Class and BMW 7-Series.


Headlining the Genesis’ performance capabilities is Hyundai’s all-new Tau 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. The Tau V8 delivers an estimated 368 horsepower to fit the demands of performance-oriented consumers. Unlike many competitors and most premium sedans, it achieves this impressive power output using regular unleaded fuel – further demonstration of Hyundai’s commitment to value. This powertrain combination will launch Genesis to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. The Tau produces more horsepower and torque than the powerplants found in Lexus GS450, BMW 750i, Audi A8 and Infiniti M45 and has more horsepower per liter than any of its V8 competitors. The Tau engine is built with flexibility for the future. Future Tau variants may offer larger displacement, forced induction options and other technology enhancements.

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Genesis also delivers spirited performance through its two V6 options — all-aluminum 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engines that deliver an estimated 268 horsepower and 233 lb-ft. of torque and an estimated 290 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively. To maximize the power spread, the engines utilize Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on intake and exhaust cam shafts and a new Variable Intake System (VIS) that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at low and high RPM. The better breathing results in outstanding off-the-line acceleration and passing performance, and remarkable fuel efficiency. The V6 engines use an alloy block and cylinder heads for lighter weight and thermal efficiency, and feature timing chains with no scheduled maintenance. Even with their impressive output, all Genesis engines are also environmentally friendly, with all three achieving Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) certification levels.


Both Genesis V6 engines use an Aisin 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission that features an overdrive lock-up torque converter for improved highway fuel economy. The transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide spread of ratios that ideally suit both engine’s characteristics including a tall-overdrive sixth gear for quiet, efficient highway cruising. Drivers can access the SHIFTRONIC® feature by moving the gear selector into a separate gate. Pushing the selector forward or pulling it rearward will shift the transmission up or down sequentially, adding to driver control. A clear LCD readout on the instrument panel shows the gear that’s in use.

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The Tau V8 Genesis is mated with an enhanced, high-output ZF 6-speed transmission to handle the added horsepower and torque.


Genesis features a suspension design that is among the most sophisticated and refined anywhere, at any price. The front five-link suspension features upper and lower arms linking the front wheels to the chassis. This artfully articulated arrangement creates a virtual king pin axis that dramatically reduces unwanted kickback through the steering wheel as well as improving responsiveness. The five-link independent rear suspension is equally sophisticated, enabling precise suspension geometry for a premium ride and engaging handling prowess. The capabilities of the advanced front and rear-suspension are maximized through Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) allowing tuning flexibility at smaller damper displacements. The ASD suspension provides:

  • Improved ride comfort with more body / wheel control
  • Increase driving comfort without compromised handling
  • Optimizes road surface contact
  • Technology used in Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models


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2009 Hyundai Genesis


Genesis’ design is a progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive sports sedan. To match its dynamic capabilities, Genesis combines strong, sculpted forms which integrate precise details, natural materials and innovative lighting to provide a well-crafted, premium design aesthetic.


The new 2009 Genesis is the most advanced Hyundai ever. From its design and spaciousness to its technology and appointments, it delivers a wealth of features and performance befitting flagship European and Asian brands, but delivers them at a much more accessible price point. Starting with its Lexicon state-of-the-art audio system featuring LOGIC 7® technology, Genesis offers an extraordinary combination of technology, premium appointments, and value. Standard is a soft-touch instrument panel with woodgrain accents, Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone interface, and USB/iPod® auxiliary inputs. A state-of-the-art navigation system with an eight-inch display is available. The navigation unit is accessed by a user-friendly multi-media controller that also controls the radio. Backing out of tight spaces and avoiding mishaps is much easier with the available backup camera that uses the eight-inch display to show the driver a clear view immediately behind the car.

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A leather-wrapped dash, door panels, and console lid surround the driver in a luxurious environment, while heated and cooled driver’s seat provides optimal driving comfort. An automatic windshield defogger with humidity sensor and rain-sensing wipers allow crystal clear sight lines. No other car in the segment offers an ultraviolet reflective leather steering wheel, which keeps the surface cool to the touch, even in scorching sunlight. Genesis also offers the conveniences of power rear sunshade, automatic electronic parking brake, proximity key and push button starter.


Rolls Royce Phantom and Hyundai Genesis are the only automobiles to offer a Lexicon-branded state-of-the-art audio system featuring LOGIC 7® technology. The Lexicon® surround sound audio system includes a 12-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing more than 500 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete audio. Genesis is also the first popular brand to offer the clarity of digital HD Radio technology from the factory. Navigation-equipped Genesis models also include a 30-gigabyte hard drive and XM NavTraffic. Like every 2009 Hyundai, Genesis comes standard with XM Satellite Radio. Auxiliary USB and iPod® inputs allow drivers to fully control and charge iPods directly from the head unit.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis


The 2009 Genesis offers Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. The advantages of HID headlamps include greater lighting power, daylight-type lighting and reduced power consumption. In addition, the cut lines of the new HID headlights are extremely precise, providing maximum nighttime visibility without distracting other drivers. The lamps also feature an auto-leveling function which keeps the headlights level regardless of how the vehicle is loaded with passengers or cargo. Genesis also offers an Automatic Front Lighting System that allows the headlamps to automatically swivel for better visibility when cornering.


Maintaining Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help both prevent accidents, and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. The Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints.

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Genesis’ total of eight airbags include advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

An electronic active head restraint system will debut on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. Hyundai is the first popular brand to offer electronic active front head restraints, an improvement over mechanically based active head restraint systems. Until now, electronic active head restraints could only be found on select Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus models. Active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.

Genesis has a total of 8 ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors along with the rear backup camera help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warning tone.

Forward-looking radar is used in Genesis’ Smart Cruise Control system. Smart Cruise Control adjusts vehicle speed to maintain distance from the vehicle ahead in the same lane.

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Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 12.6-inch front rotors have single-piston floating calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4-inch rotors with single-pistons on V6 models. Twin-pistons and larger rotors are featured on V8 models.

Alina Moore
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  (5990) posted on 03.25.2008

i think that it is amazing how in just a few years this car company is being recognized. this car is worth every cent looks hot and has some high quality design. a lot of time was thrown behind this car and i have no doubt that it will do well. i mean realistically it took lexus a substantially longer time to be recognised as a luxury performance brand....this company is doing it in a much smaaler time frame. i dont own a hyundai(as yet) but i do own a 2005 e class mercedes...and dare i say it...it is a bit more appealing interior wise..and it costs much less...so i see no reason why some car enthusiasts would not appreciate this car. i do.

  (5990) posted on 03.23.2008

Thsi car is worth every cent it costs.unlike some of the overpriced junk.

  (5990) posted on 03.23.2008

Ive been poor and Now im rich a car is a car,
I own a 2007 750 bmw and i own a 2007 hyundai sonata you talk about style and supra, buy a car with a good payment as like my bmw @ 800mth and maintain it until it is paid off then you guys can talk about cars
my 750 goes 0-60 4.5sec my sonata
spec edition dual exaust v6, goes 0-60 in 5sec and honestly i think hyundai has come a long way and they are coninuing to prove themselves
so i bought stock in the company and continue to support them i have guys around my way that own 86 and up
time to grow up and get a real car
HMM let see supra or bmw which one would the women pick........
i think you know

  (133) posted on 01.18.2008

need for speed?? need for speed?? i can tell you that i aint got no need for speed supra.that comment was directed at that idiot kingtiger who apparently thinks he is the car god but aint got the slightest idea wat a car is really about.I can see how you can doubt me having a supra without any proof. No scene.But i’m not even from england..

  (29) posted on 01.18.2008

i had mad respect when you mentioned the supra and the 170 mph but i lost it all when you told us to respect you. Surely thats up to us not you? there needs to be a list of what people drive cos i know badestofthebad isnt over 21 yet, i think! Id have some ridiculous powered car but we have MOT’s in England to check cars are safe for the road and im sure id get screwed on some emissions or something, plus my insurance has only just gone under £1000 or $2000 of your dollars. For all i know your supra is on need for speed or something, hell if i had that car id have it as my little pic on here...

  (607) posted on 01.17.2008

yo kingtiger you are a know nothin loser why do u even com on this site u don’t know a thing about cars and are just another lame ricer why don’t u jus go back to ya moma’s house and knit yourself a sweater or sumthin considering thats the only thing your probably good at

  (133) posted on 01.17.2008

check this punk, have respect for a man who has a 690hp 1998 toyota supra and has driven at speeds exceeding 170mph on street drags. and i also happen to be a med ical student.I’ll not be insulted by some punk who has probably never broken the speed limit in his life and cant afford a decent car. Have respect for my opinion cause i have more gas brains than you do.

  (29) posted on 01.14.2008

hahahahahaha you boys are tossers

  (133) posted on 01.13.2008

it was a mistake to imitate the benz front

  (133) posted on 01.13.2008

the way kingtiger does talk u swear dat he does drive a ferrari f50 or aston martin but he probably drive a daihatsu or som .dat being said it does look too much like a benz and they should not have used this design but the concept that they had put forward earlierin 2007. has a gr8 interior and back but front could be less benz-ish.however the brand has gone far in elevating themselves from the cars thy built in the 90s so best u lay off, soldier, and let the reel car people have their say.

  (111) posted on 01.12.2008

damn badest destroyed king lol say he is a unloved house wife lol wow that was off the chainz.....nice one baddest can’t lie he got sum good punchlines

  (607) posted on 01.12.2008

lol kid u make me laugh u sound jus like an unloved house wife.....next u’ll be blabbing ya mouth about how guys shud watch life time and wash dishes more...give me a break ur a broken down record sayin the same lame crap every day play a different tune lame boi

  (607) posted on 01.11.2008

yo king u said that same thing last time u posted a comment.....if u hadn’t noticed nobody cares if they copied a design from another car so stop runnin on

  (29) posted on 01.11.2008

thats bollocks my friend, the car looks a hell of a lot better in the new pics than the original but its still a munter, i admit alot of cars share common parts etc but this one is trying to look like all the other prestige brands to claim some credibility for itself and gain sales based on the name of the others. Its not a car for smart people, i think its a car for people that arent into cars that much, if you want everything thats on this but dont want a hyundai then buy a 2nd hand beemer or merc or audi not a cheap fake

  (1) posted on 01.11.2008

Yeah So Hyundai copied other people with looks and features, so what every car on the market has copied something from someone else. There is very little original thoughts left. Besides that this car is for SMART people who do not think they should have to pay 60K to get the features they want or buy a Name to show off. Mercedes, BMW, Lexes and Infinity are all bought for status symbols and to be arrogant. This new car is going to prove that all those other cars are over prices for no reason but profit and show that you can get everything you want on a luxury car for half the price as long as its not a name your buying.

  (1) posted on 01.8.2008

Body looks similar to C-class

  (4) posted on 01.8.2008

this is very good but in this price only C class!

  (607) posted on 12.6.2007

nice looks like hyundai wants to actually start puttin sum horses in their engines

  (29) posted on 12.5.2007

well the car is!!!

  (133) posted on 12.5.2007

goddamit why the hell they didnt use the same concept version and convert it into a production car? concept version is hot this is ’ok’

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