2019 Genesis G70 3.3 T RWD Sport.
It’s a strange feeling, driving a Genesis G70 3.3 T, that actually elicits a feeling of envy from your neighbors. That was one of the original “Seven Deadly Sins,” wasn’t it? No matter, but we have to admit it is rather fun driving around while seeing the neighbors pick their jaws back up from the ground.
Although hardly a true “groundbreaking” sedan in appearance, The Genesis G70 3.3 T RWD Sport is still an innovative look at a three-box design that can hold its own against such luminaries as the BMW 3-Series or the Audi A4. The latest offering from the brand, now a stand-alone luxury car division of Hyundai Group, it is a combination of a compact sedan, and a Kia Stinger GT in one fell swoop. A sport grand touring sedan, it seats five passengers within its four doors.
Perfectly sized, the G70 uses plenty of
But who’s buying? We’d say the young couple who are just starting out together, or even some empty-nesters who are well on their way to downsizing their lives but still enjoy a good romp in, or out, of the house. Simply, the hotter the design, the more attention it attracts.
A value-driven hot rod.
A new emphasis is angling its way through the Genesis Division. Not content to just build alternatives to those who would only consider a Lexus or Infiniti vehicles, Genesis realizes they already have skin in the game.
So what’s next, you ask? How about a
Catering to the enthusiast buyer in the market, Genesis was not content to just “sticker up” a car to make it look cool without actually tweaking its guts. (We’re looking at you guys down in Plano, Texas) Instead, there’s some serious kit on the new G70 3.3T RWD Sport.
That kit includes the 3.3-liter
While the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available standard with a six-speed manual transmission, you only have one choice with the 3.3-liter
As such, this automatic transmission-equipped G70 model is equipped with launch control so you can take off like a rocket from Space-X. Of
A LOOK INSIDE.
The new Genesis G70 is awash in almost what we would call Teutonic Elegance, which is not too shabby for a South Korean-built sport sedan. Having a select group of European Car design veterans on board doesn’t hurt and in this
The telescoping and tiltable steering wheel allowed us to get comfortable within the cabin for the drive ahead. Shifting the drive mode selector into Sport mode highlighted the instrument display in red and instantly squeezed the seat bolsters together for a grippier experience behind the wheel. It was at this point that we began channeling our inner Formula 1 selves, as we worked the steering wheel-mounted paddle shift levers, banging through the gears on the way home.
The G70 3.3T’s in-car entertainment system was bound by an eight-inch display in the center of the dashboard that anchors the Lexicon 15-speaker audio system with Quantum logic.
Also included: Clari-Fi circuitry from Harman. An innovative technology, it helps to restore the sound that was lost during the digital compression recording process.
A little co-mingling was going on between Genesis and its Hyundai Group
And their current efforts are apparently paying dividends: Once known for reliability and value, the brand is now known for…can we say it (?)…Sexiness. This is a new cult classic with looks, power (0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds) and handling in one tight package. Oh, and did we mention
The Genesis G70 3.3T has, at this point, no real legacy to speak of, which will actually end up working in its favor. Free to blaze their own trail, they have a few empty shelves in the trophy case. Judging by the new G70, they won’t be empty for long.
GENESIS G70 3.3 T RWD SPECIFICATIONS
Type: 4-door, 5-passenger sport sedan
Horsepower: 365 horsepower
Torque: 376 lb-ft torque
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission with Paddle Shift levers
Overall length: 184.5 inches
Wheelbase: 111.6 inches
Width: 72.8 inches
Height: 55.1 inches
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city / 25 highway /21.5 average