2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Dynamic Edition Review by David Colman - It's E15 Approved +VIDEO
A spectacular performer for a pittance of a price
By David Colman
Special Correspondent to THE AUTO CHANNEL
To understand why this sedan goes like stink, let’s briefly examine the architecture underlying the sleek body wrap. Up front, an independent strut axle stiffened by an anti-roll bar cooperates nicely with the multilink rear suspension which is also leveraged by a rear antiroll bar. Brembo 4 piston front brakes work with Brembo 2 piston rear discs to produce instant braking. These brakes proved almost too effective since we managed to lock them prematurely a couple of times. A 70mph to 0 stop takes just 164’ to accomplish. Helping immeasurably in the braking and cornering department are a set of high adhesion (Traction AA, TW 300) staggered Michelin radials (225/40ZR19 front; 255/35ZR19 rear) rated “Z” for operation above 149mph. These specific tires (Pilot Sport 4S) are the only brand and type specified by Genesis for installation on the Dynamic Edition’s black 19-inch sport alloy rims. Thanks to the stiff suspension and the sticky Michelins, the Genesis will circulate the skidpad at a neck stretching 0.95g.
The intercooled twin turbo mill features an alloy block and heads, and produces 365hp at 6000rpm, and 376lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,300rpm. The low threshold for maximum torque results in an explosive acceleration curve, with the admittedly heavy (3,847lb.) G70 recording a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a speed of 106mph in the standing start quarter mile. Genesis funnels power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifts and rev-matching capability. Unfortunately, this gearbox does not offer a manual-only shift gate, so you must intervene via the paddles every time you want to select a specific gear range.
This Genesis operates in four distinct modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Custom. Sport Mode tightens steering feedback from the rack mounted, motor driven power steering unit that offers variable gear ratios. The suspension also hunkers down on the bump stops, lessening tilt and sway as you attack back road apexes. The Dynamic Edition includes a limited slip, torque-vectoring rear axle that corrects your path in the middle of a turn if you have entered too aggressively. In fact, this torque-vectoring operates by clamping the inside brake as you turn in order to realign your path. This intervention results in a slight but noticeable lurch that can feel quite disconcerting when you are already near the limit of adhesion.
2019 GENESIS G70RWD 3.3T DYNAMIC EDITION
ENGINE: 3.3-liter V6, intercooled, twin turbocharged, alloy block and heads
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 18MPG City/26MPG Highway
PRICE AS TESTED: $51,245
HYPES: Slingshot Motor, Highly Refined Handling
GRIPES: No Manual Shift Gate, Restricted Rear Entry
STAR RATING: 10 Stars out of 10