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Warren Brown’s Nuts & Bolts: 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec

Bottom line: Hyundai gets unvarnished respect with its aptly named Genesis R-Spec. The car is a hands-down winner.

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets excellent marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: Stately, attractive, rich, hot.

Body style/layout: The 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec is a full-size, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan. It sits at the top of the Hyundai Genesis line, which includes the Genesis 3.8 V-6, 4.6 V-8 and 5.0 R-Spec V-8.

Engine/transmission: The Genesis R-Spec comes standard with a 5-liter, 32-valve, gasoline-direct-injection V-8 (429 horsepower, 376 foot-pounds of torque). The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that also can be shifted manually.

Capacities: There are seats for five people. Maximum cargo capacity is 15.9 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 20.3 gallons of gasoline. Premium grade is recommended.

Mileage: You get 16 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front/solid rear); antilock brake protection; electronic brake force distribution; Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps; electronic stability and traction control; side and head air bags.

Price: The base price on the 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec is $46,500. Dealer’s invoice price on that model is $43,044. Price as tested is $48,800, including $1,530 in options (summer high performance tires, iPod connection cable, sunroof with wind deflector) and a destination fee of $850. Dealer’s price as tested is $45,294. Compare with any full-size luxury sedan in the $50,000 range


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