The 2021 Genesis G70 will continue to be a savior to (a few) enthusiasts during these trying times. In an age where manual cars are going extinct left and right, the next-gen G70 is sticking with its manual offering. It’ll be paired with the base engine, but that’s not at all a bad thing.
Word comes from Motor Trend, which had a look at at the EPA’s fuel-economy data and reported that though the upcoming 2021 model won’t get the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine from the Genesis GV80 crossover, it’ll keep the manual option that’s paired to the turbocharged 2.0-liter.
This is fine. When I drove the G70, I got to try both the rear-wheel drive 2.0-liter manual version as well as the twin-turbocharged V6 versions. By far, the base engine with the stick was the most fun. Weight off the nose was significant, giving the car a fresh and spirited feel. Sure, you’re sacrificing some speed and acceleration, but for fun. Fun is where it is.
I applaud Genesis again for putting a manual in the G70, even though the take-rate on manuals is depressingly low. It’s a handsome little sports sedan and it comes in nice colors. This should come as great news to the handful of you who are in the market for a sports sedan with three pedals.