It’s confirmed: the Genesis G70 is getting a stick shift.
We had a feeling that the new luxury sedan from Genesis would be getting a manual transmission. The Canadian version of the G70 recently went up for pre-order before the American release, and that car featured a 6-speed manual on the 2.0T trim level.
Of course, everybody knows what assumptions can make of people, so we weren’t confident enough to declare it a sure thing. Well, now we’re confident enough to make that since a government agency was recently told point-blank that yes, the G70 comes in standard.
By way of Car and Driver, EPA listings now confirm that the G70 will have a manual version available in the US of A. Hallelujah.
As expected based on the Canadian listing, the manual version of the G70 will only come paired with a 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (putting out 252 horsies) and with rear-wheel drive. Every other model, such as those containing the big 3.3-L V6 (along with its 365 ponies of power) will get an 8-speed automatic and AWD.
And since this is coming from the EPA we might as well get those fuel mileage numbers out of the way. The 2.0-L automatic has 22 city mileage, 30 highway mileage, and 25 mpg combined. The 3.3-L automatic has a somewhat less impressive 18 city mileage, 20 highway mileage, and 19 combined.
The 2.0-L manual comes with a middle of the road fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 combined.
Well, you don’t get a luxury sedan for the fuel economy.
Along with your choice of engine and transmission, the G70 comes with a heads-up-display, 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and a limited slip-diff on every trim level. It’ll also come with a host of available driver-assist technologies, a wireless charging pad, and an available 15-speaker surround sound system in case you need to deafen yourself permanently.
Manuals are a dying breed in general, but especially on luxury cars. The only ones remaining are on the Audi A4, the BMW 3-Series, and the Cadillac ATS. However much people say it makes them a better driver, computers unfortunately just do a better job of switching gears that people do, as evident by the fact the automatic will always have better mileage than the manual on any car.
But if you’ve got the money for luxury, you can clearly afford to burn both gas and a clutch.