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September 2023

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Front engine, all-wheel drive 3.5-liter Turbo & Supercharged V6 409 @ 5,800 RPM 405 lb.ft. @ 1,300-4,500 RPM $98,700 $100,370 17 city 24 highway 20 combined TYPE: ENGINE HORSEPOWER: TORQUE: BASE PRICE: AS TESTED: FUEL CONSUMPTION: 2023 Genesis G90 3.5T Genesis is a relatively new luxury brand so it has to offer more than its well-established contenders. at began in my driveway with its new Crest Grille flowing up to jewel-like headlights and back across nicely sculptured bodywork. And since big tires and wheels always add to substance, class- leading 21-inch alloys carry staggered all-weather rubber. e G90 lets onlookers know that something important has arrived. Upon approaching the car, the flush door handles smoothly deploy to greet me and the doors feel substantial yet easy to open fully. Once inside and cosseted in Napa leather, the driver's door closes when I fasten the seatbelt. e other doors are also self-closing with a button command. And while that may seem a bit extravagant, have you strained to reach the interior handle of a wide-open door? Once seated, a Mood Creator can be personalized to set ambient lighting, the Bang & Olufsen 26-speaker 3D sound system, a fragrance system, and massage seats to establish just the right motoring environment. Passengers may not want to leave this luxurious cocoon, but the Genesis team didn't forget the driver. My G90 is powered by a twin turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 that adds an electric supercharger to provide smooth V8 power and nearly instant torque with fuel economy that's a bit better than the 5.0-liter engine it replaced. Genesis has quickly blossomed into a real luxury rival to the vaunted European and long-established domestic brands and the industry is paying attention. Cadillac is celebrating its 120- year anniversary with an ultra-luxury flagship they've named Celestiq, and this bespoke electric sedan will set a few hundred buyers back about $340,000 to $400,000 depending on the wish list. Apparently, the flagship is alive and well. San Diego's Automotive Museum Plans Expansion On September 30, 600 car enthusiasts and supporters of San Diego's iconic Automotive Museum in Balboa Park will attend Party in the Park. e lovely evening includes a seated dinner with a hosted bar and fine wines from Danica Patrick's Somnium Vineyards in Napa Valley along with classic car exhibits. Country group Shane Smith & the Saints will entertain with a Rhinestone Cowboy theme. e event will help fund the San Diego Automotive Museum's expansion of its historic Spanish Colonial revival building to add display and classroom space. e museum was established in 1988 with the initiative of automotive legend Briggs Cunningham and brings automotive history to visitors as well as career exploration and hands-on learning to area students. sdautomuseum.org @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2023 105

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