Over the years, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time at Pearson International Airport. The infamous YYZ. Specifically, I’ve spent more time than I’d like on a runway trapped in an A320 waiting for de-icing, cautiously taxiing to or from a gate…or just plain waiting. Pun intended – and you’d be punny, too, if you were tormented like this.
For me, the tables were turned recently when Genesis, in partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, was kind enough to close off runway 33L – during active flight operations – at Pearson. Yes, one of the busiest airports in North America closed off an entire runway for a number of hooligans to take off quickly in very well appointed mid-sized sport sedans.
In the interest of transparency, I drove the heck out of this car. However, the driving was done on a closed autocross course and on straight line high-speed runs. The Genesis was required to handle hard cornering and aggressive turn in, faster and harder braking than one would ever employ in regular driving, except in an emergency, and repeated foot-on-the-floor acceleration. With the exception of a few runs, the G70 remained decidedly in sport mode throughout our time together.
As such, the G70’s range of advanced driver assist systems did not factor in my time behind the wheel. However, at one point during my date with the car, I mistook the ignition button for the stereo on/off button and the local oldies radio station suddenly blared the very first song to which I ever slow-danced.
With the Lexicon sound system cranked, it proved satisfying even at speeds exceeding twice the local limit. With the windows slightly down and the cheesy soft rock playing at near maximum volume all the way into the event pits, I’d like to think the Genesis staff on hand were pleased that even older folks can make the G70 go fast.
On course, I let the car do the shifting for me, but on a dry and more open track would most certainly avail myself of the well placed wheel mounted paddle shifters and dial up the engine somewhat higher between gear changes. No bother. My autobox one foot driving style suited the Genesis perfectly.
Visibility from the G70 was excellent. Looking forward into turns was in no way impeded by the A-pillar up front and the cabin felt open. Drivers can easily seat themselves properly in the opulent and comfortable quilted 16-way with little effort.
Behind the wheel, the G70 inspired confidence. Appropriate application of throttle, steering, and brakes put the car in the right places and it is likely that just about anyone should be able to drive this car quickly. Throttle response was quick, dry grip felt superb and the break away point grew predictable. Driving on a pancake-flat runway didn’t provide much in the way of road feel but I did note the steering to be a bit light with feedback.
Attempting to push the car to its limits with a driving style best described as somewhat spirited was best and most safely done in the G70’s Sport mode. The rear of the car was willing to slide out from beneath me with a little unexpected drift with sport mode disengaged.
The G70 is a well-appointed and exceptionally well put together car. The full-time all-wheel drive G70 produces its power from a twin-turbocharged V6. It displaces 3.3 litres and makes 365 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and a useful 376 lb-ft of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 RPM. Power delivery is linear and smooth with no appreciable turbo lag from the parallel twin single-scroll turbochargers.
Keeping the tachometer well into the mid to high range obviates any appreciable delay in response between pedal and engine. Power goes to ground with a slick eight-speed electronic automatic transmission with a limited slip differential. Genesis didn’t skimp on mechanicals with this sedan.
The G70 rides on black five-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in staggered Michelin Pilot Sport 4, 225 wide up front and meaty 255s in the rear. The vented discs and Brembo calipers ensure impeccable stable stopping and high quality feel from the pedal
As the relationship between Genesis and the GTAA continues to evolve, I’d like to think that a few G70s to which baggage wagons could be affixed might get my checked luggage to the carousel long before I do.
Images courtesy of Genesis.