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Eric's Autos: 2022 Genesis G70

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Under The Hood

As its name suggests, the 2.0T trim comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that's similar -- in terms of its size -- to the 2.0-liter engines that are standard in most of the others in this class, including the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Lexus IS300.

The difference is the power-for-your-dollar that comes standard in the G.

You get 252 horsepower versus 201 in the A4 and 241 in the IS300. The BMW 3 sedan's standard 2.0-liter four advertises 255 horsepower, putting it over the top by three horsepower versus the Genesis. But each one will cost you about $1,200 (for a total of $3,675, the difference in base price between the G70 2.0T and the BMW 330i).

If you'd like more power, the G70 3.3T comes standard with a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 that advertises 365 horsepower (and 376 foot-pounds of torque).

Equipped with its standard 2.0-liter, 252 horsepower engine, the rear-drive version of the G70 takes about six seconds to get to 60. The slightly heavier AWD-equipped version takes slightly longer. To get to 60 much more quickly, the 3.3T is your ticket to ride. This one does the same run in 4.9 seconds, ranking it as just about the quickest car in the class. A BMW M340i is quicker (zero to 60 in a searing 4.1 seconds) but it'll cost you $12,350 more to shave that eight-tenths of a second off the time.


On The Road

The G70 is not a "dad bod" car. This one's as cut and ready for a ten-mile run as a Navy SEAL -- especially the Launch Edition, which looks even slinkier in its matte-finish paint job, hunkered down on 19-inch lightweight-alloy wheels, massive red-powder-coated brake calipers visible through the spokes.

If you put the drive selector in Sport+ mode, each firm upshift of the eight-speed automatic at redline is accompanied by a pleasant eruption of combustion from the Variable Valve exhaust system. Genesis assumes that if you buy a car like the G70, you'd like to hear it.

At The Curb


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