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FINALLY someone did a great 1:1 comparison with the BMW 540i and the G80 (this is where the cars sits) it is not a M competitor, Genesis didn't aim at Audi Sport or even AMG they wanted a nice in the middle ride w/o having to compromise and giving you the features etc..

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The Considered Power of the New Genesis G80 Sport




Hyundai’s luxury nameplate, still a newcomer itself, has really come into its own with its latest model: the Genesis G80 Sport. The brand’s inaugural performance car is Genesis’s take on the luxury mid-size sports sedan, bringing together the practicality of a four-door and the performance of a 365-hp twin-turbo V-6, a sport-tuned suspension, and rear- and all-wheel drive.

The G80 Sport puts all that power to the road in a finely balanced and controlled manner, as watch designer Bradley Price noted behind the wheel. “The G80 Sport has a nice engine note that you hear in the higher rpm. It really comes alive.”

It’s also quite the looker. “I think the most appealing thing about the Genesis G80 Sport is the fact that it is such a clean design,” Price observed. “When you look at it up close, you really see how understated the car is.” For a nuanced combination of sport, style, and practicality, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is a worthy contender in its class.



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Why Genesis Chose to Build a Twin-Turbo V-6 for Its First Sports Sedan

The ascendant Korean luxury brand wanted to make a mark from the outset with its G80 Sport.


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Nearly every luxury automaker with a performance sedan relies on the brand and model's history to define its identity. Heritage is a priceless attribute, but the ability to break free and create something unique is even more exciting.
Enter Genesis, the au courant luxury brand from South Korea. In just a year, Genesis went from an amorphous vision statement to a marque with two distinct, praiseworthy sedans on the market. It’s not a feat that just any manufacturer could achieve.
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Genesis was able to establish itself as a luxury player with a new approach, and develop its sporty models to meet the rapidly intensifying needs of the consumer, instead of relying on its past. And for its first luxury performance sedan, the G80 Sport, Genesis decided to use a twin-turbo V-6 instead of a more traditional V-8. Here’s why.
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The Genesis Performance Doctrine

From the beginning, Genesis's engineers wanted to doing things differently. They decided to capitalize on a growing movement to do less with more.
This way of thinking fomented the creation of the G80 Sport, the first product from Genesis to be tuned specifically for driver enjoyment. (It’s right there in the name: “Sport.”) In either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the G80 Sport was intended to expand the newly formed Genesis identity to include true sport sedans.
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And the most expeditious way for Genesis to capitalize on its fresh start was to shake things up and put forward a 365-hp, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 as the G80 Sport’s sole engine. This engine helped put the larger G90 sedan on the map late last year.
Coulda Had a V-8—But, To What End?

Installing a large V-8 for displacement’s sake could have given the G80 Sport the on-paper bona fides to compete against the set of seasoned luxury performance sedans from Europe. Bequeathing the flagship G90’s most advanced engine to the G80 lineup felt like a more respectful move.
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]According to Yuval Steiman, senior group manager for Genesis product strategy, the turbocharged V-6 was predestined for the G80 Sport. “This was always the engine envisioned for G80 Sport,” Steiman told us. “It represents our interpretation of a performance engine that provides high horsepower and torque.”
Moving to a six-cylinder biturbo strategy was a noteworthy move for Genesis, which continues to offer a 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 as options for other G80 variants. Steiman noted that, “We felt the character and lower weight of the 3.3T was more appropriate for the G80 Sport.”
Allow Us to Eat Our Words

The G80 Sport’s V-6, therefore, had the unenviable task of winning over enthusiasts who were likely more enticed by a powerful V-8. Like a skillful branch manager, Genesis took pains to ensure that nothing was lost in the downsizing. Peak torque, for example, is available at 1300 RPM, and within a single-digit difference of the non-Sport G80’s optional V-8. Both the block and heads are aluminum, for the sake of lighter weight and durability.
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Like a skillful branch manager, Genesis took pains to ensure that nothing was lost in the downsizing.

The use of two turbochargers to reduce lag, and segment-first innovations like sodium-filled exhaust valves, were installed to give the G80 Sport its core competence. The goal was for performance sedan aficionados to hardly feel the difference between a similarly powerful V-8 and the advanced V-6.
What's Next?

Beyond the powerful statement that the twin-turbo V-6 makes, the rest of the G80 Sport is impressive. It’s a sports sedan with the right credentials, and a positive sign for Genesis as the brand ramps up its proficiency in luxury and performance.
By product strategy guru Steiman’s reckoning, the G80 Sport is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come from sport-tuned Genesis offerings.
“Performance will always be a key pillar of the Genesis brand,” he said, “and you will see this in all our future products, which will be based on exceptional powertrains and dedicated rear-wheel drive platforms.”
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How Genesis Made the G80 Sport’s Form Match Its Function

They go hand in hand.


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Automotive design goes deeper than styling. Scoops, vents, and inlets aren’t always just styling cues; they can be functional elements to improve performance. The automotive world’s most successful designers and engineers seem to agree. Before iconic cars can take shape, they need to have a clear purpose.
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That’s why, when brand new contemporary luxury brand Genesis was ready to launch its first true sports sedan, it turned to history for guidance. Turning a refined car like the G80 into the 365-hp, twin-turbocharged G80 Sport was no small feat; matching its form to function was a similarly taxing accomplishment.
Compared to a G80 lineup composed of sedans designed to provide effortless comfort and performance, the G80 Sport needed to stand out. These subtle but important changes would ensure the car’s exterior and interior help reinforce the performance and ability the Sport name suggests. We spoke with the folks responsible for making it happen.
It’s a holistic design treatment that a legacy luxury brand might never attempt.
Take a Second Look

At first glance, the G80 Sport is identifiable as a member of the greater G80 family, but set apart enough to have a key visual persona of its own. Subtlety guided the distinctive look of the G80 Sport, according to Yuval Steiman, senior group manager for Genesis product strategy.
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“The mandate to those developing the G80 Sport was to maintain the core character of the G80 while adding aggressive, performance-oriented elements from both a design and engineering standpoint,” Steiman told us. “G80 Sport design elements are easily recognizable, but at the same time they are not [designed to be] garish or over-the-top.”
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Understated finesse of detail defines the differences between the G80 and G80 Sport models. Where some automakers overuse chrome and shiny finishes to draw attention to styling elements, Genesis chose to use muted and dark finishes to subtley differentiate the Sport from the rest of the G80 line. Hints of black and gray dominate exterior accents, from the wing mirrors to the effects on rear and side lighting. Even the LED headlamps, despite their family resemblance, are unique to the G80 Sport.
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“We felt there was an opportunity to elevate the performance attributes of G80 while also adding distinctively sporty and aggressive styling enhancements,” Steiman said.
Copper-Bottomed Luxury

The hue that acts as a motif inside and out on the G80 Sport is copper: an unexpected, warm choice for a signature accent.
“The copper elements that are found throughout the vehicle—headlamps, wheel caps, seat stitching—provide a consistent design theme that differentiates the G80 Sport,” Steiman said.
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Look closely, and you’ll see brownish-orange hints hidden in and around the G80 Sport’s honeycomb grille. Copper also makes an appearance on the aforementioned center caps of the 19-inch wheels, which feature a darker finish for effect.
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Following suit, the G80 Sport’s interior is characterized by a restrained call for attention. Copper-colored stitching lines the passenger compartment, both on the seats and the steering wheel. Whispers of aluminum and carbon fiber add more than a modicum of elegant sophistication without feeling over-the-top.
What’s Your Function?

To bolster the case that the G80 Sport means business as a sports sedan, designers and engineers collaborated to showcase its most powerful and prominent features. Those attributes are led by the twin-turbocharged V-6—which offers performance comparable to a V-8, but with better efficiency while cruising—and supplemented by changes to the G80’s chassis. They’re upgrades that serious drivers will feel every time they settle in behind the wheel and assess the G80 Sport’s capabilities on their favorite roads.
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Functionally, as the G80 Sport was intended to stand out as Genesis’ first performance model, the balance of styling changes to dynamic improvements is harmonious. The individual elements that comprise the G80 Sport form more than just an appearance package. It creates a different character all together.
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