Could Genesis Be Working On A High-Performance G70 After All?

Hyundai Motor Group’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann, rule out the possibility of a Genesis G70 N last year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a performance version is not going to happen; it just might not be launched under Hyundai’s N sub-brand.

Speaking to Road & Track, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of product planning Mike O’Brien suggested a high-performance model could very well be on the cards. While he didn’t actually say it, he noted that “a big effort with the G70 was thermal management, to make sure that this car will hold up.” O’Brien added that “we’re building for the future. I’ll just say that.”

While that’s not exactly a confirmation of a high-performance G70, it’s a pretty strong hint that the 3-Series rival could get a new variant. What would power the model remains a mystery, but the Genesis offers a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that develops 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS) and 407 lb-ft (551 Nm) of torque in the G80 and G90. That’s a significant improvement over the G70’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 which is rated at 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

O’Brien also seemed to retcon Biermann’s comment that dismissed the possibility of G70 N. As he explained, the company hasn’t decided how to brand potential performance models, so even though it sounds unlikely, there’s a chance a hotter G70 could wear the N moniker.

A lot of questions remain unanswered, but a high-performance G70 is certainly an interesting proposition and it could help to improve the status of the entry-level luxury sedan which was recently named the North American Car of the Year. That being said, the model would likely face an uphill battle trying to sway buyers away from the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. But as sister company Kia has proved with the Stinger, if you build the right product, then the customers will come.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    If they bring such a model out, the sports setting should have a button that says Turn it on again.

  • salamOOn

    NA V8 would be sweet!

  • no25

    Hopefully, they won’t ruin its looks with the G90’s grille. This one actually looks decent.

  • Eric D

    While I truly admire the Genesis line Hyundai might want direct more attention to random, frequent, engine fires in the other Hyundai models. It difficult to convince consumers you have a quality product if you have forced to recall thousands of vehicles for safety issues.

  • Rocket

    I sure hope the other luxury brands are taking the Genesis brand seriously. If they continue on the path they’re on, it’s just a matter of time before the badge stops being a deterrent.

    • Pavel B.

      G70 seems like a very good first attempt. Their dealer network is abysmal and therefore so are their sales. So I doubt Audi, Lexus,Mercedes and BMW are paying any attention to Genesis. They need to get a larger dealer network and an aggressive campaign. Otherwise it will remain a good car no one cares to get.

  • Leopold Gering

    Can’t wait to see a two door coupe from Genesis.

    • jose

      GT70 and GT90 have been trademarked, so they are planned. Just when is the question…

  • M3 is a sedan bro.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It doesn’t need it. That money would be better spent on upgrading the front end and a slight performance increase.

  • bd0007

    Likely not going to see any true performance variant of the G70 for some time, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a “hotter” version sometime soon.

    Both the the base turbo-4 and T6 powerplants are due for upgrades (300+ HP for the T4 and 400+ HP for the T6).

  • jose

    The M4 is the coupe.

  • jose

    I’m more thinking a TT 3.8 V6 for an N model. Maybe 450-480 horsepower? Hyundai has made a concept of this engine before. I think that would work…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’d take the money and invest it in a better manual.

  • ztamg04

    I love the idea of a 430-480 HP version of the G70. All the front end needs is bigger intakes (NOT a bigger grille, genesis! ahem, BMW) , but just to make it a bit more aggressive.

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