2019 Genesis G70: 2.0-Liter Turbo Offers a Manual Alternative to the Kia Stinger [News]

2018 Genesis G70
The 2019 Genesis G70. [Photo: Genesis]

You can only get a manual transmission with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, though.

Late last year, we had the opportunity to test the brand new Kia Stinger. Breaking from what we normally expect of the company, they went and designed a turbocharged, rear-wheel drive performance sedan aimed squarely at the Germans. Now, we’re on the eve of another turbocharged, rear-wheel drive performance sedan aimed squarely at the Germans, in the form on the 2019 Genesis G70.

2018 Genesis G70

Built alongside its larger G80 and G90 cousins, the new Genesis G70 will emerge this summer with the same powerplants found in the Kia Stinger: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6. However, while the Kia Stinger relegates its drivers to an eight-speed automatic, the Genesis G70 is a sedan with a difference. It comes with an increasingly rare feature, particularly in sedans: a six-speed manual transmission.

You’re probably about to say, “Wait! I bet there’s a catch!” And you’d be right. There is a six-speed manual option on the new G70, but it’s only available with the 2.0-liter engine. Mind you, the engine is actually more powerful – at 255 horsepower – with the manual than it is with the eight-speed automatic. The automatic version only makes 252 horsepower.

2018 Genesis G70
The G70 makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum. [Photo: Genesis]

Appealing to enthusiasts

The G70 doesn’t just stop at a manual transmission, either. Both engines – both the 2.0-liter and the 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 – come with launch control. On the manual version, you can also spec a mechanical limited slip differential and high-performance Brembo brakes.

While the Genesis G70 will come with a six-speed manual, it’s only available on the 2.0-liter turbo model. [Photo: Genesis]
So, to recap: Genesis is actually offering a sedan with a turbocharged engine in front, a six-speed manual transmission in the middle, and rear-wheel drive? Sign us up. Genesis also focused on making their newest sedan lighter and stiffer through the use of high-strength steel and aluminum.

Genesis hasn’t announced pricing on the new G70 yet, but we should hear more about it soon as the car edges closer to launch. Stay tuned to TFLcar for more updates. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow below. In the meantime, check out TFL’s resident racing driver tossing the Kia Stinger GT2 around the track: