Hyundai unveils the 2012 Genesis 5.0 R Spec at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on February 9, 2011. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo
CHICAGO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- South Korean automaker Hyundai unveiled a performance version of the 2012 Genesis sedan, the R-Spec, that boasts 429 hp and better handling.
Hyundai, which sold its first car in the United States in 1986, is now the fastest growing automaker in America, said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show media preview.
Despite offering more power in its vehicles, Krafcik said Hyundai is on its way to reaching an average fuel efficiency mark of 50 mpg by 2025.
The Genesis R-Spec is powered by the 5.0-liter, direct-injected Tau V8 engine – the same engine destined for the top-of-the line Equus Sedan -- that generates 429 hp at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. All that power is handled by a new eight-speed transmission with manual shift capability and 19-inch alloy wheels. Look for mileage around 16 mpg city and 25 on the highway.
Offering more aggressive styling, headlights with dark chrome inserts and R-Spec badges and floor mats, the Genesis R-Spec comes in just three color choices -- black noir, titanium gray and platinum metallic -- and features an all-black interior with black leather seats and steering wheel.
For the speed racer crowd, Hyundai also showed the 2012 Hyundai Veloster Rally Car, a 500 hp pocket rocket developed with drifting and racing champion Rhys Millen and his team for the 2011 X Games and 2011 Rallycross competition.
The Veloster is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
"The all-new 2012 Veloster is a playful, fun to drive car and thanks to Rhys and his team we're excited to introduce it to racing fans ahead of its launch this summer," said Mike O'Brien, vice president Product and Corporate Planning.