How Does the Genesis G70 Drive at the Limit? We Find Out
When I was given the keys to the Genesis G70 3.3T for a recent Top Gear America during the shooting, I was extremely excited. We don’t have the Genesis brand in the UK or Europe (although there are plans to launch it in 2020), and I still think they look great in California. I’m also a big fan of Kia Stinger, a character full of character and hilarious. Would a smaller, lighter and more agile Stinger with a better interior be something very special?
My week with the G70 took many freeways, an explosion in the forest area of Angeles for filming and a few laps of Streets of Willow. Sorry for the slightly noisy brakes, I’m sure they will calm down. Probably.
For the most part, the G70 met expectations. It’s fast, well balanced and really entertaining. Above all, there is honesty and an intuitive feel to the chassis, which I like. It looks like a sport sedan that wants to be a sports sedan, when the German competition seems so eager to be luxurious and techno-heavy that the dynamism is hidden only for true enthusiasts of discovery. It’s funny how manufacturers with such a rich history seem less certain of their identity than a relative like Genesis.
Which doesn’t mean that the G70 is perfect. I like the slightly gruff 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder V6, but the eight-speed automatic transmission is pretty boring. It’s never silky or invisible when you just follow the traffic and ask for precise and punchy changes in Sport mode and start exercising the paddle shifters, it pretty much ignores your requests. It will change when it sees fit, OK?
Other negative points: for me, the interior is still far from anything from Audi or BMW, despite so many clues borrowed from the latter. It feels a little light and brittle. On the other hand, it may play in the sense that it is a sports sedan that dates back a few generations. Its sensitivities are rooted in handling, steering precision and body control rather than driving aids and endless connectivity (although the Apple CarPlay starts instantly and is roughly a million times easier to use). access only in a BMW).
On the Angeles Forest Highway, the G70 was pretty tidy. It is not blessed with an abundance of grip, and the Michelins shout and shout in protest. But despite the auditory drama, Genesis is calm and collected. There is very little understeer, and although the G70 likes to slide in the rear, it does so with almost idle progress. It’s just the kind of balance I like, but I can imagine it would feel a little too loose for some.
I would like to say that the traction control system regulates everything without problem, but it is a mark of the inherent correctness of the car that I turned off all the electronic components as soon as the road started to turn and turn in before. The only chip in the armor is that the big bumps really disturb the car when the chassis is loaded. Body control is generally a bit soft.
On the right track, the G70 is a hoot. The brakes really protest after just a few laps, but the Genesis slides with real grace. The gearbox remains a weak link, and the G70 won’t break any lap records, but there’s just something fundamentally right on the chassis beneath this thing.
I can’t help but think that there is a big rival M3 hiding in the G70, if only they unblock it. Doesn’t the G90 come with a 5.0-liter V8 developing 420 horsepower? I wonder if these smart people from Genesis could readjust this engine for high end power rather than a lazy couple, put it in a G70 and really go to town to attach the chassis. Here’s a car I’d like to borrow the next time I’m in town…