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2015 Hyundai Genesis Debuts in Detroit, was Tuned by Lotus Engineering

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/13/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Show Floor Update: The sheets have been pulled off the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan, and we had a front-row seat at the Korean automaker's 2014 NAIAS press conference. Newly appointed CEO David Zuchowski presented the redesigned sedan, which features Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language evolved from last year's HCD-14 concept. The longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs are immediately apparent once you see the car in the sheetmetal. One aspect of past Hyundais that may be addressed in the new Genesis is the driving experience. Hyundai's vice president of product and corporate planning Mike O'Brien said the automaker consulted Lotus Engineering during development of the 2015 Genesis, so here's hoping the new car is as dynamically improved as it is aesthetically when it arrives this Spring.

2015 Hyundai Genesis debut front three quarter-3© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Genesis debut front three quarter-3

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis gets a redesigned chassis, that's stiffer and engineered to accommodate a new all-wheel drive system. Though the structure is new, the engine range carries over, albeit with some significant changes. Both engine options have been retuned to produce a flatter torque curve, be more efficient, and more refined. The Hyundai Tau 5.0-liter V-8 produces 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, down 9 hp, but up 7 lb-ft of torque from last year's 5-0 R-Spec V-8 model. The engine is mated to a Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3.8-liter Lambda V-6 is now rated at 311 hp and 293 lb-ft, compared to last year's 333 hp and 291 lb-ft.

Going back to the Genesis' available all-wheel drive, the HTRAC system was designed with low weight in mind, and is capable of directing 90 percent of its torque to the rear wheels when in sport mode. Hyundai says the car was tested on a number of challenging tracks and roads, from L.A.'s Angeles Crest to the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam to Germany's Nürburgring.

Source: Hyundai

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