Genesis’ most exciting car is about to get even more interesting, as Car & Driver reports the G70 will eventually be offered with the same engine as the Hyundai Sonata N-Line.
The latter model will use a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. The engine is slated to replace the current turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the G70, which develops 252 hp (188 kW / 255 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.
Hyundai didn’t say when the engine would arrive in the G70, but the publication expects it to be part of the car’s mid-life cycle update. That’s a logical guess, and they believe it will happen for either the 2021 or 2022 model year.
When the engine does arrive, buyers will be able to enjoy an extra 38 hp (28 kW / 39 PS) and 50 lb-ft (68 Nm) of torque. That’s a pretty significant jump, but the news isn’t necessarily all good.
While the current 2.0-liter engine is offered with a six-speed manual transmission, the new 2.5-liter will be paired exclusively to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission in the Sonata N-Line. It remains unclear if Genesis will continue to offer a stick in the G70, but the chances don’t look good as the publication noted the take rate is hovering around four percent in the United States. While that isn’t terribly surprising, the number is so enough that Genesis might decide to skip the manual altogether.
In related news, the publication got to take a spin in a Sonata N-Line prototype and they say it will have a sportier suspension with new springs and dampers as well as different anti-roll bars and a 0.2 inch (5 mm) lower ride height. Other performance tweaks include beefier brakes, a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system and optional summer tires.