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Genesis to hunt for BMW M3, AMG C63 with even faster G70

Genesis executives say they're working on even faster vehicles

If you like your performance sedans served with a very healthy dollop of power, we've got good news for you; Genesis is cooking up an even faster version of its already rather fast G70.

The quickest version of the G70 to date, which was launched in Australia just this week, is the 3.3T version, which is home to a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 engine.

That car produces a very healthy 272kW and 510Nm, which it sends thundering to the rear tyres via an eight-speed automatic. Genesis says those numbers translate to a sprint to 100km/h of 4.7 seconds.

There are more performance goodies, too, with the V6 models all arriving with Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension and a limited-slip differential as standard kit.

Critically, though, that still doesn't elevate the G70 to the level of hardcore performance sedan. Consider this; the Mercedes-AMG C63 squeezes a staggering 375kW and 700Nm from its twin-turbocharged V8, enough to push that car to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds.

Or take Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio, which draws 375kW and 600Nm from its twin-turbo V6, sending the light-weight Italian screaming to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. 

The good news, then, is that the G70 3.3T could serve as a mere taste test of what's to come next, with brand boss Manfred Fitzgerald telling CarsGuide he is "alway working on faster things".

"There's always room for higher-performance vehicles out there, and it's definitely something that's on our agenda as well," he says. 

"Not to the extent that we will create a sub-brand for Genesis, but there will be models, definitely. I have a performance background and its something we find very enticing to think about."

But don't hold your breath for a V8-powered G70, with Fitzgerald ruling out an eight-cylinder engine option entirely. Instead, the brand's global chief hinted that electrification would unlock the extra power needed to compete with the performance-sedan segment's heaviest hitters. 

"That (V8) engine and that capacity has outlived itself for various reasons," he says. 

"Once electrification hits, it will be a level playing ground, and performance will not be measured in the same way that it used to be."

Can Genesis rattle the big boys of the performance world? Tell us in the comments below.