The 2019 Genesis G70 3.3T knows its competition well, at least that’s what its claimed acceleration times suggest.
With a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 propelling it with 272kW and 510Nm, Genesis claims the rear-drive compact sedan can blast to 100km/h from rest in as little as 4.7 seconds.
We brought it along to Winton Raceway during Bang For Your Bucks 2019 to unleash it down the dragstrip and test those claims. Here's how it turned out.
The test's weather alternated between drizzle and drying dampness, so we seized a rare dry patch. In the short time we had to complete a handful of runs, MOTOR’s road-testers extracted a 4.92sec sprint to 100km/h from rest and 13.15sec pass at 400m at 173.15km/h.
That’s some tenths adrift of its claimed time, suggesting it did not receive the best conditions. After all, we launched a Stinger 330S to 100km/h in 4.92sec and across 400m in 13.06sec at 177.78km/h last year. The G70 has the same powertrain, better Michelin rear tyres and less overall weight.
We used launch control to reap the time and left its eight-speed automatic transmission in Drive. It was more effective than rolling away from the line, a technique that added a tenth of a second to both measurements.
Note, we used a GPS-tracked Driftbox without applying the rollout function.
If its stability systems are anything like the Kia Stinger’s, then the launch control function not only stalls rpms at a set point but manages wheelspin off the line. That might have been the problem, as we reckon more slip could have helped it accelerate from the line.
Still, it’s monstrous compared to similarly priced rivals like the new 2.0-litre BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C300 and Jaguar XE R-Dynamic.
Infiniti’s Q50 Red Sport, which has logged a 4.89sec 0-100km/h sprint and 13.00sec 0-400m time before, is the only exception.
Impressively, it’s almost lineball with the Audi S4’s times we recorded at BFYB in 2017. Its all-wheel drive 250kW/500Nm drivetrain registered a 4.95sec/13.12sec/173.64km/h.
It also blows away the previous generation BMW 340i Luxury Line’s tested 5.51sec/13.57sec.
Catch the full Genesis 3.3T review in MOTOR magazine’s August issue, with an extensive road test and performance data, when it hits stands July 25.
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