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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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Drive Report: 2018 Genesis 3.3T AWD Sport

We try out the newest Genesis trim and give it two thumbs up.











This week Torque News had the opportunity to test the all-new 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport. This new trim features Genesis' 365 hp V6 engine coupled to a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Our summary of this outstanding vehicle is simple; Two Thumbs up! Here are the details.
Genesis Ownership Experience
Premium vehicle shoppers will want to know a bit more about this brand. It is fair to ask, who is Genesis and why should I trust it? The Genesis brand is a stand-alone make created by Hyundai.Genesis scored second overall in the J.D. Power initial quality rankings this year (behind only Kia), and was third overall in Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction surveys, behind only Tesla and Porsche.
Genesis offers valet service so that owners need not visit dealerships for service, and three full years of service costs are complementary, the same as BMW's offering.
Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport Quick Facts
The mid/full-size G80 ranges in price from about $43K with rear wheel drive and a powerful V6 engine, to about $62 K with AWD and a V8 engine. Our 3.3T AWD Sport had an asking price of just under $59K.





Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport - Safety
The Genesis G80 earned the highest possible safety scores in recent testing by IIHS. It is a Top Safety Pick Plus vehicle and that applies to every trim made.
Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport - The Drive
The G80 3.3T AWD Sport is quick, powerful and fast in all situations. It is also very smooth over bumps and bad roads. On the highway, it is as pleasant to be in as any vehicle we have ever tested.
Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport - Interior
The G80 3.3T AWD Sport has very comfortable perforated leather seats with heating and cooling. The cabin is open an airy and seating for all five passengers is comfortable. Rear seat legroom is generous.
Our tester had attractive carbon fiber-look trim. What a relief not to look at old-fashioned wood! We loved the styling.
Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport - Infotainment
Genesis now makes the best premium infotainment system in this writer's opinion. Everything is simple, easy to use, and all the gadgets are here. Head up display, navigation via a large screen, outstanding audio and great ergonomics. Hate silly joystick controllers? Simply use the touchscreen. Hate fingerprints on your touchscreen? Use the simple to operate rotary interface on the console. This is as good as it gets.
Genesis G80 3.3T AWD Sport - Conclusion
As my fellow Torque News writer recently put it, Genesis deserves a place among the elite brands. The G80 3.3T is a fantastic vehicle and at its price point, and value that cannot be ignored by mid/full size premium sedan shoppers.
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AUTO REVIEW: 2018 Genesis G80 reduces the price but not the quality of luxury cars



Photo Courtesy of Genesis 2018 G80

Like the Japanese before them, the Koreans have established a luxury brand to continue their move from an entry-level “value-oriented” brand to an equal player.


So, Hyundai now produces cars formerly know as Genesis and Equus as Genesis cars with a G and a number to identify them.


There are two so far, and a third on coming within the year. I spent a week with the Genesis G80, which previously was know as the Hyundai Genesis. One of which I own, so maybe I’m prejudiced.


To heck with it, all auto writers are prejudiced, so don’t worry about it.
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First the differences.
The entry model is the G80 3.8L. It’s offered as well in Premium and Ultimate packages. The 3.8-liter engine generates 311 hp. and 293 lb.-ft. of peak torque driving it through either the rear two or all four wheels. This engine has as much power as anyone would expect of a luxury all-wheel drive sedan.


While this is a big car, weighing in between 4200 and 4300 depending on which drivetrain is in it. In spite of that the car’s EPA rating is 19 mpg city and 27 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive and losing one mpg in the city and two mpg on the highway for AWD.


Then comes the new model, the G80 Sport. In addition to different suspension tuning and bigger sportier wheels and tires, it gets you a different engine, and it’s a decent one. It is a new 3.3-liter, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine with its eight-speed transmission tuned for a sportier output. It is controlling 365-hp. and 376 lb.-ft. of peak torque. I hear it is good, but it isn’t the one I tested so enough on it.


There is also a V-8 powered G80, but I haven’t drive it yet, so there will be no talk of that either.


There are some differences it the badging, but that’s about all I could find. That’s mostly because there’s little missing on the Genesis, whether badged a Hyundai or not. The leather inside is sumptuous, the craftsmanship comparable to any other full-sized luxury car.


It is quiet and comfortable with plenty of features and capabilities, again to match those in many other cars with which it competes. But for 2018 Genesis says that the exterior design is “refreshed.” What that really means is that they’ve tweaked the headlights, modified to lower front grille and the front and rear fascias. The 18-in wheels are a different design. So, there is a change in the “look.”


Inside the instrument cluster is apparently new, as is the shift knob and the layout on the rearview mirror is modified — more importantly the analog clock is different. You still get standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and now there’s another USB port in the front.


Functionally Genesis G80 3.8L owners get Pedestrian Detection and Driver Attention Alert as standard safety technologies. If you move up to the 3.8L Premium Package you add the very good Quantum Logic Surround & Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology with the Lexicon 14-speaker audio system and a Qi wireless charging pad. The front-driving model gets heated rear seats, which are already standard on AWD versions.


Moving up to the 3.8L Ultimate Package gets you shift-by-wire transmission technology, full LED headlights a 9.2-in. touchscreen navigation system.


All of these cars drive well, almost silently and with a comfortable yet capable ride. Those little touches are there — open the door and the area on the ground under the door is lit with the name of the car. The driver’s seat can be set to back all the way up when you turn off the ignition, making it easier to get out and then in — especially if a smaller “co-driver” was the last to leave the car. It will, when the ignition is turned on return to the position it was in when the ignition was shut off.


Frankly, this is a car that leaves nothing to remind you that you didn’t buy the same luxury car that everyone else talks about.




And the biggest difference is for 2018 the Genesis G80 has an MSRP of $41,750. Granted the AWD V-8 model has a starting price of $59,500.
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G80 Sport shows growth of Genesis

After a week behind the wheel of the G80, my eyes are now open to what Hyundai’s new luxury division has to offer drivers. This is a nicely designed automobile that screams luxury and style.




THE PROS & CONS

    • What’s Best: The Genesis G80 Sport is quick off the line and stylish.
    • What’s Worst: The park button will take a while to get use to.
    • What’s Interesting: The multi-view camera is one of the best in the industry



As the previous owner of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra (it is now ferrying my son around the streets of Ottawa) I was excited to get behind the wheel of one of the company’s upscale Genesis brand, the G80.


Genesis became its own luxury division of Hyundai in 2016.
While I owned it, my 2007 Elantra was perfect for my needs. It started every morning, didn’t have any bells and whistles, got me where I was going and didn’t break down very often.
In fact, I was impressed enough that when it came time to get a new vehicle, my wife and I opted for a 2017 Elantra. Again, not many bells and whistles and it is the perfect size for us.

After a week behind the wheel of the G80, my eyes are now open to what Hyundai’s new luxury division has to offer drivers. This is a nicely designed automobile that screams luxury and style.
The Genesis G80 comes in four trims, Luxury, Technology, Sport and Ultimate.

My tester for the week was the Sport and while the price might seem a little high at $62,000, that gives you a car loaded to the hilt and a luxury vehicle that is priced less that many of its competitors.
Push the start button and the 3.3-litre, direct injection, twin-turbocharged V6 engine comes to life but because the interior is designed to keep the noise out, you don’t hear much.
It’s only when you put your foot on the gas pedal can you feel the twin-turbo come alive. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the G80 can really push you back in your seat.
I have read a lot about how some reviewers found the G80 to be a heavy car, weighing in at more than 4,500 lb but I never once had the sensation that the weight of the car was holding it back.
In fact, with all-wheel drive it always felt like I was in control and when the snow hit, the G80 was more than capable of handling the bad weather.
The 365 hp twin-turbo engine is one of the smoothest I have had the pleasure to drive and getting up to speed on the highway was never an issue, even when the temperature plummeted to ungodly numbers. The G80 Sport provides 375 lb/ft of torque.
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The interior of the G80 is light years ahead of my Elantra. The Napa leather seats with larger than normal side bolsters and copper stitching were stylish and comfortable and the dash was laid out with the driver in mind.
I have never been a fan of heads up displays, finding them to bother my vision, but for some reason, the display on the G80 didn’t bother me and it helped you could change the colour and size to fit your tastes. I went back and forth between an orange and green and to my surprise, left it on the whole week I was in the car.
The 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system is one of the finest I’ve seen and the controls for all the radio, navigation and settings are handled with a knob and buttons located just behind the shifter. It is very similar to what Mazda offers.
The shifter is very compact compared to other vehicles and to put the car in park, you push the park button in front of the shifter.
Even after a week in the car I didn’t trust that the button had worked and I was always nervous getting out, afraid the car was going to roll down my driveway.
The rear seats are roomy and adults won’t have any complaints about sitting in the back seats.
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As noted earlier, the G80 Sport has a $62,000 price tag but the list of standard features is endless. It includes: rearview camera and multi-view camera; windshield wiper deicer; blind spot detection; rear-cross traffic alert; lane change assist; power tile and telescopic steering wheel; heated and ventilated front seats; heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; and autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
In addition, the Sport model offers 19-inch wheels, the sport interior and exterior package and chassis enhancements including unique bumpers and darker window trim.
There are many more features available on the G80 that you can check out for yourself.
You should note the manufacturer recommends premium gas for the G80 so that is something to consider when deciding on a vehicle.
My week in the G80 has given me a curiosity about what else Hyundai’s luxury Genesis division has to offer drivers.
For me, Hyundai built a car that fit my needs. My Elantra was affordable and got me from point A to point B.
The G80 showed me Genesis can build a car that is stylish and should appeal to buyers who are looking for a more luxurious car at a price that won’t break their bank.
It should come as no surprise that Hyundai is making major inroads in Canada. Just look at the number of Santa Fe’s and Elantras you see on the road.
The Genesis G80 will just add to the overall corporation’s growing reputation.
2018 Genesis G80 Sport
BODY STYLE: Four-door sedan
DRIVE METHOD: All-wheel-drive
ENGINE: 3.3-litre, twin-turbocharged direct injection V6 with eight-speed automatic transmission
FUEL ECONOMY: 13.8/9.7L/100km (city/hwy). Premium fuel recommended.
CARGO CAPACITY: 15 cu ft trunk.
PRICE: $62,000.
WEBSITE: Genesis
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Is Genesis Testing A G80 Hybrid?

A mysterious Genesis G80 prototype has been caught testing by our spy photographers but it’s difficult to know for sure what we’re looking at.

For the most part, the sedan looks largely identical to the G80 currently on the market, sans the camouflage wrap. That being said, our man behind the lens notes some small changes at the front, including a custom bonnet and a bumper that appears to have been manhandled into position.
With this in mind, it is entirely possible that we’re looking at a prototype fitted with a new powertrain, potentially a hybrid unit where modifications have been made to the bonnet and front axle.
Alternatively, there is a chance that Genesis has already started work on a G80 for the European market ahead of the brand’s launch in the Old Continent in 2020. If this were the case, work is probably also underway on a G80 for China.
Whatever the case may be, it is obvious that the South Korean automaker will keep the G80 in its range for quite some time.
In recent months, the G80 has been overshadowed by the smaller and more affordable Genesis G70, the brand’s sibling to the Kia Stinger. Like the Kia, it is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp in range-topping specification.
Picture credits to: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for Carscoops
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