Tag - Genesis

Long Haulin’ — Audi A6 3.0T vs. Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Interior photos courtesy of Hyundai and Audi.

Last week, in my review of the 2012 Kia Rio SX Sedan, I posited that the default answer to the question of “what makes the best road trip car” was a big, soft luxury car—a wafter, if you will. This week, we’re looking at two such machines to see how well they do against each other, and how well they represent the traditional cruiser market. They’re our null hypothesis, if you will, as we try to decide whether a small car can do the job just as well or better. Oh, and there will be some back roads and on-ramps involved, too. Don’t fret.

We’ve done some fairly off-the-cuff comparisons over the years, but today we bring you the rare showdown that actually features similarly-priced competitors with very different approaches to midsize luxury. The defending champ is the Audi A6 S-Line, equipped with their now-ubiquitous 3.0L supercharged V6. The challenger: Hyundai’s new Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, delivering traditional luxury power from a 5.0L V8 with a non-traditional luxury badge. Both cost $50k. The Hyundai has the edge in power and boasts hoon-friendly rear-wheel drive; the Audi offers up quattro and the promise of superior fuel economy. Which will best devour an 800-mile sprint from suburban Maryland to Daytona Beach, Florida? Will they both leave the Rio in the dust? Click on through to find out.

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Korean to go, part I: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

Lousy photograph by Byron Hurd

It’s a brisk, gray November day. My gaze wanders around the paddock at Virginia International Raceway. It was a day much like this one that I first drove VIR in my Mazda6 (exactly three years prior to this posting). As then, I’m here with TrackDaze, only this time I’m doing hot laps in somebody else’s car.

Right. The car.

I arrived in the driver’s seat of a 2011 Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, but I’ll be leaving in the passenger seat of a tow truck. I look down, my thumb hovering over the the send button on my phone. I re-read the message I’ve prepared for my friend and instructor, still trying to absorb the magnitude of what has happened.

“I broke the Genesis.” 

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Prepare to Believe: A Weekend with the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Sport and the 2010 Kia Soul Sport


Call me skeptical. Go ahead; it’s a label I wear with pride. I’m a half-ass Catholic with a solid education, and though I chose to pursue the arts instead of the sciences, I evaluate the results of both disciplines with a critical eye. Blind faith is another matter entirely (unless we’re talking about the spectacular Magic Hat brew, which is a notion I can fully support). So a couple years ago, when I was a bit more naïve and a steadfast Euro devotee, I chuckled at my auto industry friends’ (and Kia’s and Hyundai’s) insistence that the Korean manufacturers were poised to take the auto landscape by storm.

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