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Genesis G80 Sport Made An Apparence at Busan Motorshow




Hyundai wasn’t the only one suprising us with a never seen before car, Genesis Motor manage to do the same with something we were not expecting.






Genesis Motors brought 3 models at the Busan Motorshow to display their lineup, one of them was the New York Concept shown at the New York International Autoshow, the second was the refreshed Hyundai Genesis sedan, now know as the Genesis G80, showing us the new changes done plus a mysterious model G80 Sport, which caught us by surprise. Intially we thought this could be a new Hybrid model, since they said Genesis will also carry hybrid models in their lineup.


Now lets talk about the G80 Sport, this seems to be the same move Hyundai did for the Elantra Sport and soon from Kia with the Forte Sport, picking up their sedan models and upgrading them with a turbo and some changes on the exterior. So let’s talk about the exterior, the first thing will be obvious, and that is the front end of this new model. We can see the same shape of grill but this time with honeycombs with an additional grill at the bottom and bigger fog lights vents but with this models the fog lights are gone giving a much bigger room for a larger honeycomb grill compared to the sedan model that has the same led fog lights from the tucson. Still has the same G80 feeling but with the extra sporty look, now that’s not the only thing they have done.



It can’t be just look and they made sure to add the new powertrain a lot of people were asking, that is the 3.3 twin-turbo engine G80 sport has the 3.3L GDi Twin turbo with 370Horsepower and 52kgf.m of torque, plus some improvements in gasoline efficiency. Also the G80 will have some other powertrains, that includes the 3.8 N/A and 2 Diesel engine, the 2.2 and 3.0.



Also the interior has some new design changes, starting the G80 there will be a new cluster design, Gear Knob, speaker grill, analog watch, new Advanced smart cruise control, Genesis Smart Sense(Autonomous Drive), highway drive assist and lane keeping assistance. Now the Sport model was all closed but Genesis representative mentioned that the G80 Sport will include Sport seats, 3 Spoke steering wheel and a Sound Generator.

Now what about their services ( for Korean customers only) they guaranteed 5 yrs/100,000 KM, 3 years home to home customer Care Sevice for free and And using Bluelink Service 3years for free.


Now when can we expect this to be on show rooms, well they will launch the G80 Sport model by fourth quater this year.
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Badge Snobbery: 2017 Genesis G80 Costs $2650 More than Its Hyundai Predecessor






Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand is kicking off sales in the U.S. next month, when the mid-size G80 sedan hits dealerships. Of course, the 2017 Genesis G80 is really just a Hyundai Genesis without the Hyundai “H” badges, but Genesis is surely hoping that customers won’t notice that they’re getting essentially the same car for a starting price of $42,350—$2650 more than when it was a Hyundai. Luckily, that higher price does include plenty of newly standard equipment that previously was optional.
The bulk of this newly standard equipment falls under the active-safety umbrella, as the base G80 comes with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. All these systems were optional on the outgoing Hyundai but required adding pricey option packages that drove the price up to $47,100. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability also are new additions to the standard equipment list.

Otherwise, the G80 continues to offer the same two powertrains as before, with a 311-hp 3.8-liter V-6 as standard and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 available as an option. All-wheel drive is $2500 extra for 3.8L models, while 5.0L V-8 models are rear-wheel-drive only.
Genesis has rejiggered option packages a bit, with the G80 3.8 offering a $4750 Premium package (which includes a panoramic sunroof, a Lexicon surround-sound audio system, ventilated front seats, and a power rear sunshade) and a $4200 Ultimate package (with fancier leather, matte-wood trim, a head-up display, and a power trunklid, among other items) that can be added on top of the Premium package. Strangely, the Ultimate package’s larger, 9.2-inch touchscreen precludes the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, meaning that tech-savvy buyers will want to avoid this option. The V-8-powered G80 5.0, which costs $55,500 (just $700 more than last year’s Hyundai Genesis 5.0), comes only as a fully loaded model with the Ultimate package, and also gains 19-inch wheels and quad exhausts to set it apart visually.
Even with the slight price uptick, the Genesis G80 still undercuts established competitors from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. Getting the same level of equipment from those Germans, or the Lexus GS, will easily push you into the $60,000 range. Add in the recently announced complimentary scheduled service and valet program, and it’s clear the Genesis brand is working hard to make a strong first impression.
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Here's Why BMW Needs To Fear The New 2017 Genesis G80



Full-size sedan luxury for nearly Ford Fusion Titanium price.
Back in 2009 Hyundai launched a full-size sedan called the Genesis, a rear-wheel-drive luxury car with optional V8 power. Yes, it came from Hyundai and the South Korean automaker followed it up with the even larger Equus. The Genesis in particular struck a chord with many buyers who appreciated the new segment Hyundai seemingly created: affordable luxury. Jump forward to today and Genesis is now a separate brand and the Genesis sedan is now the G80, the subject of today’s review.

Compared to its predecessor, the G80 has been completely redesigned inside and out and represents yet another leap forward for its parent company. Powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque, power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Want all-wheel drive? Tack on $2,500 to the final price. There’s also an optional RWD only 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp and 383 lb-ft paired to the same gearbox. We figure most buyers will opt for the V6 despite being kind of a sluggish to accelerate. But perhaps the G80’s strongest selling points are its long list of standard features, such as an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Optional features are limited to two packages, Premium and Ultimate, both of which offer lots of goodies for a decent price. Not everyone needs or can pay for, say, a BMW, but with a $41,400 starting price, the 2017 Genesis G80 is an offer almost too good to refuse. Special thanks to DGDG.com for letting us film the car.



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2018 Genesis G80: Now with a Twin-Turbo Sport Trim and Mild Facial Reconstruction

Hyundai injects some performance into the G80.




When Hyundai’s infant Genesis luxury brand lifted off the proverbial tarmac this year, it did so with two models: the all-new G90 full-size sedan and the pre-existing G80. Before Genesis the brand, there was Genesis the Hyundai model, which was stripped of its Hyundai badging and rechristened the G80. The badge swap was more or less the extent of the changes during the 2016 Genesis sedan’s transition to the 2017 G80—well, that and a price bump and an increase in standard safety tech. For the 2018 model year, Genesis finally tweaks the G80 and adds an intriguing Sport model.

The G80 really didn’t need to be fiddled with, as the original formula cooked up when it was still a Hyundai successfully incorporated equal measures of luxury and competent driving dynamics. Yet the optics of rolling the former Hyundai Genesis into the G80 could have been strengthened by a few extra touches like those administered to this 2018 G80. If you look closely enough—and have a photo of a 2017 model handy—you might notice that the front bumper has been subtly reshaped around the intakes and the lower valance area, while the grille and the rear bumper see similarly limited reconstructive work. There are also new 18-inch wheels for the entry-level G80 3.8 model. The G80’s base 3.8-liter V-6 and optional 5.0-liter V-8, as well as the rest of its mechanicals, go untouched.
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It took us a few minutes poring over the before-and-after photos of the interior to figure out what is new about the analog dashboard clock, but we eventually discovered that a tiny winged Genesis badge now graces the timepiece’s face. Only G80 superfans will pick up on the new T-shaped shift knob and the instrument cluster that trades digital coolant-temperature and fuel-level readouts for analog gauges. Genesis said it also improved the G80’s interior noise, vibration, and harshness levels, although the G80 already excelled in this area.

A Shot of Sport!

The most exciting development is the new G80 Sport—painted white in the accompanying photos—which as its name suggests is a more dynamic take on the G80 that includes snarly intakes, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, a mesh grille in place of the regular G80’s slatted piece, a handsome set of 19-inch wheels wearing performance tires, and a subtle lower-body kit. Oh, and Genesis borrowed the sweet 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 from the larger G90 and bolted it into the Sport’s engine bay. We really like this 3.3-liter turbo in the G90; it deftly motivates that larger four-door while making nice noises and transmitting zero bad vibrations to the cabin.
In the smaller G80, the 3.3T has the potential to outgun the range-topping 5.0-liter V-8 engine. The turbo V-6 serves up 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque (55 horsepower and 7 lb-ft less than the V-, but if the G80 Sport’s mass falls closer to that of the lighter, 311-hp G80 3.8 than the G80 5.0, it could be quicker than both, particularly if optioned with the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system that is also offered with the other two engines.
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Backing up the turbocharged engine are upgraded vented rear brake rotors, retuned adaptive dampers, and a “sport tuned” version of the regular G80’s Hyundai-designed eight-speed automatic transmission. The detailing inside and out is impressive, too, with unusual and attractive copper-colored accents on the grille, wheel caps, and headlight housings as well as a host of black-colored trim pieces, black-painted door mirrors, and purposeful-looking quad exhaust outlets.
As for how the Sport fits into the broader narrative surrounding Hyundai’s nascent N performance sub-brand, the short answer is that it doesn’t. At least, it does not publicly do so; Hyundai has made it clear that only its performance-tuned cars will wear the N badge. Hopped-up Genesis cars, even if they’re developed by the N engineering team as is expected, will be named something else. We’ll go out on a limb here and assume that the Sport name applied to this G80 will denote the Genesis brand’s lesser performance models, much like Mercedes-AMG’s new 43-badged models and BMW’s M Performance vehicles. This is based on a recent interview with Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis’s in-house performance boss, Albert Biermann, during which he bandied about horsepower figures in the 500 and 600 range for the full-fledged performance cars.

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It’s in the Details

Lesser or otherwise, the G80 Sport will be generously equipped when it goes on sale in spring 2017. Standard equipment includes sport seats with copper-hued stitching, carbon-fiber dashboard trim, aluminum pedals, adaptive LED headlights, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, a Qi wireless smartphone-charging pad, and the largest of the G80’s available dashboard displays, a 9.2-inch unit. Buyers can choose between black or gray interior color schemes as well as two Sport-exclusive colors, Polar Ice and Sevilla Red, that stand out among the regular G80’s array of mostly muted paint colors. Genesis will also offer Casablanca White, Caspian Black, and Himalayan Gray hues for the less adventurous.
Given Hyundai’s relentless march of progress in building not only ever better cars but ever better-to-drive cars, we’re cautiously hopeful that the G80 Sport can deliver on its promise of improved performance. The standard G80, regardless which engine is under the hood, leaves plenty of room for a sharper-handling, more aggressive model like the Sport.
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Genesis has unveiled the 2018 G80 3.3T Sport, expanding the lineup with a new variant focused on power and agility.


As the name indicates, the 3.3T Sport centers around an all-new 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque from 1,300-4,000 rpm.

The package uses the same eight-speed transmission found in the 3.8 and 5.0 variants, but with unique software tuning and standard shift-by-wire technology.

Aside from the powertrain upgrades, the 3.3T Sport features revised suspension with continuous damping control for improved vehicle dynamics and ride compliance. Brakes have also been tweaked to quickly bring the sedan back down from high speeds.

The mechanical optimizations are paired with a more aggressive exterior styling, adding a dark chrome grille and unique front and rear fascia designs. Large 19-inch dark alloy wheels extend the look, matching various dark satin trim details.

On the inside, drivers are treated to upgraded pedals, sport seats and a thicker steering wheel. Buyers can choose from black or grey leather, each with contrast stitching and a black microfiber suede headliner and genuine carbon-fiber interior trim.

The 2018 Genesis G80 is slated to arrive in showrooms by spring 2017.






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2018 Genesis G80 Sport first drive review: it's not all in the name






The letters and numbers on a car's trunk usually are its calling card, a shorthand mission statement.
As writers, we'd suggest an edit on the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport decklid.
Sport is a silly name here, and not because alphanumerics are arbitrary and terrible. This vehicle isn't sporty. It is quick and stylish, and it's comfortable in the kind of country-munching way that the best grand tourers are.
So it's settled. Genesis should have called its latest sedan the G80 GT.
Twin-turbo drive
As with all good GTs, a fine powertrain motivates the G80 Sport. Genesis engineers borrowed the 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 from the G90 and hooked it up to a new 8-speed automatic.
Still packing 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the twin-turbocharged engine is up 54 hp and 83 lb-ft on the base G80's 3.8-liter V-6, although the Sport suffers a 185-pound penalty compared to the base model. The V-6 is less successful against the range-topping V-8. While negligibly heavier than the G80 Sport, the 8-cylinder model has 420 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.




The twin-turbo's trump card is the way its power arrives, not the overall amount. The V-6's peak torque is available from 1,300 rpm to 4,500 rpm, while the standard V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 need to wind up to 5,000 rpm just to reach their peak twist.
The twin-turbo Genesis repeatedly impresses with its get-up-and-go. It leaps from a standstill and overtakes with plenty of high-end gusto, even on straight two-lanes. It's delightfully progressive and easy to manage its sharp throttle response in Sport mode. With so little turbo lag, the twin blowers hide in the background.
The new 8-speed automatic shifts up and down quickly in manual mode. The paddle shift controls don't feel as substantial as they should, and Genesis should carve in a dedicated Manual gate for the electronically controlled shifter. Without inputs, the computer just takes over, even in Sport mode.
The powertrain stamps Sport on the G80 but doesn't call itself out. Noise is damped too well. The 3.3-liter V-6 could be throatier, louder, and generally more imposing. Boost the exhaust volume, we say, and the G80 Sport will sound much more involved than it does now.


Like the standard G80, the Sport features five-link, fully independent suspension at all four corners, although an exclusive continuous damper control system allows more flexibility from the dampers. Not that it matters, because this suspension simply isn't tuned to meet the Sport expectation.
Softly sprung, the G80 Sport lacks the pinned-down handling character of a more traditional German performance sedan. While not as floaty as the overplush G90, the G80 Sport has trouble on undulating roads, where the soft springs run up against overly firm dampers—the result is a body that's constantly pitching up and down.
The bigger issue, one I can't really figure out, is the laggy handling character of the rear-drive G80 Sport I tested. It lacks steering feel, a common issue across the Genesis range, so it's already hard to predict what the front tires are doing. Turn in, and half a second later, the rear suspension responds suddenly. The odd sensation is like driving a car with a quad-exhaust-tipped pendulum attached to the back. Pair that with a tendency to rotate a little too quickly and tires that struggle with the V-6's low-end power, and it's difficult to predict just how a rear-drive G80 Sport will behave in a corner.
The all-wheel-drive model I drove later in the day behaved much more predictably. It leans into corners easily and progressively. It feels big for tight lanes on winding roads, but handles predictably and with a lot more confidence. Pair that with a cushy ride, and all-wheel drive feels like the way to go.




Part of the Sport's mile-quaffing ability comes from its cabin. The "sport" seats are about as sporty as the suspension, but they're twice as comfortable. The broad and supremely relaxing chairs get soft leather upholstery that you can just sink into. There isn't a huge amount of support, but then the suspension won't let the G80 Sport go around a bend fast enough for that to matter.
The rest of the cabin is broadly good. There's a lot of leather, all of it stitched with copper threads. The real carbon fiber trim on the dash is a sign of how seriously Genesis is taking this car.
Much of the switchgear, especially the infotainment controls, feels too cheap for this price point. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi have elevated the game here, and while Genesis is on par in other areas, the quality of the G80 Sport's switches and buttons doesn't stack up. And it bears repeating that a BMW 5-Series or Mercedes E-Class offers more legroom for backseat passengers.


Ultimately, the Sport's exterior should play an even bigger role than the attractive cabin in drawing in customers. The macho bits on the G80 Sport look good.
While the fascia is a little much, most of the smaller details are lovely. The 19-inch wheels, quad exhausts, and smoked taillights are obvious improvements at first glance, but it's the little bits of copper that really spice the visual up. Copper accents for the headlight projectors, the inset section of the grille surround, and wheel center caps give the G80 Sport a sense of style that's unlike anything else on the road.
Genesis wisely based the G80 Sport on the Ultimate Package-equipped version of the base G80. That means a lot of standard equipment and exactly zero options—standard features on the Sport include a 9.2-inch infotainment system, LED headlights, heaps of leather upholstery, a multi-view camera, a lovely 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, adjustable side bolsters and a leg extension on the driver's seat, and virtually every safety system on the market today.
The rear-drive models start at $56,225 (including a mandatory $975 destination charge), or $4,900 more than the 3.8-liter, V-6-powered G80 with the Ultimate Package. As with that car, all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option.





That is a good price. The G80 Sport undercuts every potential competitor, from the casually fast to dynamically stunning. The nearest hardcore German, the Audi S6, starts at $71,850.
Even among the more relaxed group of competitors—the Cadillac CTS VSport and Lincoln Continental Reserve—the G80 Sport is a bargain, undercutting the rear-drive-only Cadillac by over $5,400 and the 400-hp, hot-rod Lincoln by a hair over $4,000.
The G80 Sport carries on with the Genesis brand's successful formula, blending an impressive equipment roster with an affordable price and relaxed driving dynamics. But that final point is difficult to ignore in the world of performance luxury sedans.
The G80 Sport isn't as powerful as its closest competitors and it leans far too heavily towards comfortable touring than Germany's capable mainstream—i.e. not a full-tilt M, AMG, or RS model—sedans.
As a more affordable means of conquering gently winding roads and wide-open freeways with just enough speed to have fun, Genesis' newest offering is difficult to ignore.
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1 of 21Genesis, the new luxury division of Hyundai, has introduced a new variant of its G80 sedan - the G80 Sport. Powered by a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with direct injection, the Sport stickers at $56,225 for rwd and $58,725 for awd. It's on sale now.

2018 Genesis G80 Sport first drive: A new luxury performance player -- emphasis on the luxury

Hyundai adds another chapter to the book of luxury performance

May 25, 2017




Let us now quote from the Book of (Hyundai) Genesis: In the beginning, (like, in the ‘80s) there was The Hyundai and, frankly, it was initially bad, for the quality was nay onto not there. And the people with no credit did cry out and gnash their teeth, and the service managers in the valley of warranty claims did fling the BS, and there was darkness throughout the land when the headlights worked not. But that was lo many generations ago, and there are none still working for The Hyundai who recall it, for things did change. In the year of about Y2K, The Chairman hath said unto the Hyundaites in the land of Ulsan, “Let there be quality control.” And lo, there was. And the engines then did start, and long did they operate, with direct injection even unto the lowest Accent; with proper prescribed maintenance, they went forth and with them, sales multiplied and yea, the people even unto Consumer Reports did rejoice. And there was much buying of the Hyundais.
Book II: And Hyundai hath, in the late 2015, announced that it had begat The Genesis, and it would be a new luxury division, with The Quality that the Consumers did crave. And the Genesis did run on new rear-wheel-drive platforms all unto their own, and on these, the Hyundai Equus begat the G90 and the Hyundai Genesis begat the G80 and they were good. The Great Prophet, Genesis division general manager Erwin Raphael, hath said there will be more models, including a coupe and two SUVs. But the people were shallow, and they cried out, “Let us impress our neighbors and yea, even the total strangers in the carpool lane, and for that, there is nothing but the Benz and the Bimmer.” And the Great Prophet Raphael said, “Whoa, for I have good cars of great quality and comfortable rides, and you will see that they are good. For I have sponsored Super Bowl ads and I offer ye three years of complimentary maintenance.” And the people bought them but not in the numbers of the Bimmer and the Benz, which ruled the segment. And the Hyundaites did wail and gnash their Powerpoint presentations and swore vengeance upon the segment leaders.”
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport sports a distinctive new grille




So let us now close our marketing playbooks and look at the latest entry in the Book of Genesis, the G80 Sport, a niche model of the smaller G80 wedged in between the 3.8-liter V6 and the 5.0-liter. The G80 Sport has a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 that makes 365 hp, more than the 311-hp naturally aspirated 3.8 but less than the 420-hp bigger-block 5.0-liter V8. The G80 Sport gets trim items that set it apart from the other two G80s, but beyond those, it is just the third G80 engine option. Will the people rejoice? We drove two of them around for a day to see.
The Execution
Before we got into a G80 Sport, we spent several hours in a G90, on both freeways and in soul-sucking traffic. And we liked it (the G90, not the traffic) -– so smooth, such a gentle, seemingly more linear throttle, so coddling. If the people, as the great prophet implores them, would just drive one of these, they might like it.
Genesis G80 Sport interior sports copper-threaded trim




The G80 Sport, which we got into the next day, gets its 3.3-liter turbo from the larger and heavier G90. So this recipe is taken straight from the Book of Musclecar: "Take ye a big engine and put ye it in a smaller car.” The G80 Sport comes in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. The rear-driver weighs 4,519 pounds. Divide that by 365 hp and you get a weight-to-power ratio of 12.4; each horse has 12.4 pounds of Genesis G80 Sport to push around. That’s better than the G80 with the normally aspirated 3.8 engine, which pushes 13.5 pounds. The 5.0-liter V8-powered G80 rates a 10.9, though. So if you want the hod-roddinest G80, the 5.0 is still the king of the segment.
That is, if you don’t look outside the Genesis G80 lineup. If you do, you’ll find that the Cadillac CTS-V –- another twin-turbo V6, albeit with 3.6 liters instead of 3.3 -- rules. It has 420 hp, each of which hauls around a mere 8.9 pounds. The Audi A6 3.0T and Lexus GS 3.5-liter V6 are also better in weight-to-power ratios than the G80. The Infiniti Q50 beats it, too, in both 300- and 400-hp trims.
And while the G90’s ride might be a little more luxury-like, the G80’s ain’t bad. Push the sport button, throw it in a corner in either rear- or all-wheel-drive configuration and you’ll find that it, for the most part, comes out the other side. It feels all of its 4,519 pounds (4,674 in AWD), meaning it has just a hint of plodding around corners. If pushed too hard, it’ll understeer, but you’re not going to feel compelled to push this very hard. It’s lively enough for what it is, but the 535i, A6 and CTSs feel lighter and more sporty.
Which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with putting the emphasis on luxury over handling, and the G80 is indeed luxurious. The question is: Does the world want this kind of luxury?
Those are LED headlights




The Takeaway
In some ways, this reminds us of the Volkswagen Phaeton, a perfectly lovely luxury sedan that didn’t catch on with mainstream luxury buyers. This is not to say the Genesis cars won’t catch on. Genesis is aiming at more than just traditional luxury buyers with its cars: There’s a fresh new emphasis on urban buyers who might have come up through the Hyundai ranks and are ready to consider a luxo-cruiser like those offered in the Genesis line.
Pricing is $56,225 for rear-wheel drive and $58,725 for AWD. The exterior trim –- the grille in particular, along with the copper accents throughout, help make the G80 Sport stand apart. Genesis might have begat a winner.
Mark Vaughn - West Coast Editor Mark Vaughn covers all car things west of the Mississippi from his Autoweek lair high above the LA metropolis.
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On Sale: Now
Base Price: $56,225
As Tested Price: $58,725
Drivetrain: 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, eight-speed automatic, rwd
Output: 365 hp, 376 lb ft
Curb Weight: 4519
Options: Paint
Pros: A nicely swaddling sedan...
Cons: ...in a class full of them
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2018 Genesis G80 Sport first drive

With 365hp lurking behind its mondo grille, the G80 Sport is a Genesis with guts






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The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport adds a dose of excitement to Genesis’ midsize luxury sedan, but could use some additional tweaking and refinement.
When we tested the Genesis G80 earlier this year, we found it to be a capable and comfortable luxury cruiser that didn’t offer much excitement. That makes the 2018 G80 Sport an interesting proposition indeed.
As it develops new models to fill out its lineup, Hyundai’s newly minted Genesis luxury brand is giving the G80 an extra dose of attitude for 2018, dropping in a new engine, tweaking the chassis, and adding sportier styling elements to create the brand’s first truly performance-oriented model.
Genesis invited Digital Trends to California’s Napa Valley to see how sporty the G80 Sport really is. The wine region’s backdrop of upscale resorts, and its many twisty roads, seemed like the ideal place for a sporty luxury sedan, but did Napa flatter the G80 Sport, or expose its flaws? Read on to find out.
What’s new

The G80 Sport is a new variant of the Genesis G80 sedan, which actually debuted for the 2015 model year as the Hyundai Genesis before Hyundai decided to create the standalone Genesis luxury brand.



The biggest difference between the Sport and other G80 models can be found under the hood. That’s because the Sport is the only version to get the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 from the larger Genesis G90. Like the other G80 engines, the 3.3-liter is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but Genesis says the gearbox was retuned for a sportier feel.
Other changes include sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and model-specific exterior and interior styling elements.
Trim levels & features

The G80 Sport basically constitutes its own trim level within the G80 lineup, adding its sportier mechanical and styling features to other equipment already available on other G80 models.
With each prod of the throttle, the entire car tenses up and launches itself like a sprinter out of the starting blocks.

While some automakers go for simplicity with their sports or performance models, Genesis threw in everything but the kitchen sink. So in addition to the 3.3-liter V6, sport-tuned suspension, brakes, and transmission, and model-specific styling, the G80 Sport comes standard with everything from a panoramic sunroof and leather seats, to navigation and a full array of driver-assist features.
In fact, the only options on the G80 Sport are exterior and interior colors, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive model is priced at $56,225, and the all-wheel drive version is priced at $58,725.
The exterior styling doesn’t depart too drastically from the standard G80, but Genesis did try to advertise the Sport’s more aggressive character in a subtle way. A new front fascia incorporates a copper-accented mesh grille and large lower air intakes, while a new rear bumper sports a diffuser and quad tailpipes. The G80 Sport also rides on special 19-inch wheels with copper accenting around the center caps.
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The changes from the standard G80 are all textbook sporty elements, and help perk up what is otherwise a handsome but derivative design. We got quite a few looks from bystanders during our drive, all of which seemed to be directed at the massive grille. As on other versions of the G80, it makes quite a statement, although it may also make people mistake this car for an Audi
Genesis knows how to make its cars look imposing and expensive, now it needs to make them look unique.
Technology overview

The G80 Sport comes standard with a 9.2-inch touchscreen display, which sits within easy reach of the driver’s fingertips in a well-designed dashboard. The display is augmented by an array of analog buttons on the console below, plus a rotary controller and even more buttons on the steering wheel.
The central touchscreen is backed up by a 7.0-inch digital display in the gauge cluster, and a head-up display. Graphics for both in-dash displays were crisp and easy to read, and remained legible even in the strong California sun. The head-up display was well placed, keeping within the driver’s line of site without being a distraction.
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The G80 Sport comes standard with navigation, and Genesis offers three years of complimentary map updates, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link real-time traffic information. The latter allowed the car to warn of traffic and suggest alternative routes. However, it proved no match for California’s notorious traffic, which choked even the alternative routes the system tried.
While the built-in navigation system is good enough to rely on, the G80 Sport also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for drivers who prefer a smartphone-specific interface. It also features Qi wireless phone charging, plus two USB ports and an auxiliary jack in the center console.
The G80 Sport also features a surround-view camera system, a feature that is proliferating among cars the way rearview cameras did a few years ago. It certainly makes maneuvering this big sedan through parking lots easier.
Interior fit & finish

While the exterior styling changes are relatively subtle, the G80 Sport interior upgrades really take things to the next level. In addition to the leather upholstery of other G80 models, the Sport gets a microsuede headliner and real carbon fiber trim on the dashboard, giving the cabin a sportier and more upscale feel.
Another nice touch is the copper accent stitching throughout the interior. Genesis considers copper its calling card and uses it on everything, including the press materials supplied for this car. But while some of the copper bits on the exterior are hard to notice, the stitching contrasted nicely with the colors of the leather and other trim pieces. Too bad Genesis couldn’t weave it into the carbon fiber as well.
On the functional side, the G80 Sport also gets a three-spoke steering wheel with a nice thick rim. The wheel is a good size, being small enough that you don’t bash your elbows into things during high-speed maneuvering. Genesis swapped out the front seats for Sport-specific pieces with more bolstering to keep occupants in place during vigorous cornering. They did exactly that, and were pretty comfortable to boot.
The rest of the interior carries over from the standard G80, meaning it’s incredibly spacious, and features a well-designed dashboard that’s simple and functional, but also an unusually high seating position for the driver.
Driving performance & MPG

The G80 Sport is appreciably sportier than a standard G80, but with its full complement of luxury and tech features, it’s not a hardcore performance car. Instead of track time, it’s best suited to weekend jaunts on twisty roads, which is exactly what we did with it. Racking up the miles through California’s Napa Valley and hugging the Pacific Coast on Highway 1, we put the pedal down to see if the G80 Sport lived up to its name.
Suspension responses on corners were lethargic. Along with numb steering, this made precise control during cornering difficult.

The 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 produces the same 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque as it does in the larger G90 sedan. In the G90, this engine impressed us with its low-end torque, but it really comes alive in the (slightly) lighter G80 Sport. With each prod of the throttle, the entire car seems to tense up and launch itself like a sprinter out of the starting blocks.
But while it produces more power than the 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated V6 offered in the base G80, the twin-turbo engine can’t match the 420 hp and 383 lb-ft offered by Genesis’ optional V8. Genesis said it chose the twin-turbo V6 over the V8 for the Sport because of weight considerations and the V6’s low-end torque. Despite the V6’s impressive performance, we can’t help wondering if the G80 Sport would have been better off with the V8.
The rest of the car didn’t quite live up to the engine. The suspension did a good job of keeping body roll in check, while only sacrificing a smidgen of refinement and comfort. Yet its responses in corners were lethargic. Along with numb steering, this made precise control during cornering difficult. The brakes at least proved impressive, stopping 4,519 pounds of rear-wheel drive car (or 4,674 pounds with all-wheel drive) with no drama.
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We tested rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the G80 Sport. Normally rear-wheel drive is the preferred setup for enthusiastic driving, but it didn’t have any discernible advantage here. The all-wheel drive car at least had the benefit of extra confidence-inspiring grip, so that’s what we would recommend in this case.
The G80 Sport gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway) with rear-wheel drive, and loses 1 mpg in the highway category with all-wheel drive. We averaged closer to 17 mpg in both versions in mostly back-road driving, according to the cars’ trip computers.
Safety

The G80 Sport may encourage enthusiastic driving, but it doesn’t skimp on safety equipment. Standard safety features include nine airbags, plus a host of driver-assist systems like adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, and a driver attention monitor.
Crash-test ratings for the standard G80 should carry over to the Sport. The G80 is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+, and a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Conclusion

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport addresses one of the major weak points of Genesis’ midsize luxury sedan. It adds more excitement to the driving experience so, if you’re considering a G80, this is the one to have. It also represents a good value compared to German, American, or Japanese luxury sedans in this class. But there is still room for improvement in the handling department, and being sportier than the standard G80 doesn’t make this car a bona fide sports sedan.
Genesis has taken a big step toward making the G80 into a more well rounded luxury sedan, but it still has some work to do.
Highs

  • Gutsy engine
  • Upscale interior trim
  • Roomy, comfortable cabin
  • Good user interface
Lows

  • Dull steering and suspension
  • Generic styling
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2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport: Another Take [Review]


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Hyundai is making a concerted effort to establish Genesis as its luxury division. Thus, the new Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport sedan I tested with all-wheel drive (AWD) didn’t have the Hyundai name on it. Rather, it had a prominent Bentley style “Genesis” badge near its grille and the Genesis name throughout. What’s New

The G80 is a lot of car for the money. But its the large customized grille up front and four chromed exhaust tips in back likely will be among features that will draw folks to the boldly styled 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 3.3T Sport. You can get the G80 with rear-wheel drive for $55,250, while my Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport test car listed at $57,750. Those prices exclude a $975 freight charge.
Genesis says it comes with the “most comprehensive array of standard safety technology in the mid-size luxury vehicle class.” Safety items include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors and a multi-view camera. The G80 gets a five star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration out of a possible five stars.
A larger, costlier longer-wheelbase G90 sedan also is offered in the Genesis lineup, but the G80 3.3T Sport is the hot ticket with its silky smooth twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine. Even most V-8 fans would likely approve of it.
The Genesis G80 Sport sure looks the part. Exterior styling features a dark chrome hexagonal front grille with a unique cross-hatch design and copper accents throughout the vehicle. There’s also a sport-design front fascia that integrates a honeycomb lower front air dam and functional side air intakes that channel air around the wheels for improved aerodynamics. The front end is pretty low, but is high enough to clear most parking stops.
[photo: Genesis] Performance

The Genesis twin-turbo engine generates 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. There’s no turbo lag with this direct-injected engine, which makes the G80 quite fast. I found myself doing 80 m.p.h. in practically no time when I was doing a routine 65-75 m.p.h. highway pass.
The engine works with a smooth, quick-witted eight-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection via easily used paddle shifters. The transmission’s features include an enhanced torque converter lock-up strategy that lets that converter lock up the clutch between gears two and eight for more spirited performance during aggressive driving. An overdrive lock-up torque converter allows higher fuel economy at freeway speeds and improved acceleration.
However, the separate console “Park” button seems superfluous. To put the G80 in electronic park mode, you move the console transmission lever to “Neutral” and then push the “Park” button.
Estimated fuel economy for my test car was 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on highways. That seems OK for such a fast AWD car that weighs approximately 4,500 pounds with rear-drive and 4,700 pounds with all-wheel drive. Premium fuel is recommended for the best performance.
Drive modes can be selected by pushing console buttons marked Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow. Each drive mode reconfigures throttle responsiveness, transmission mapping, stability control, suspension and steering.
I found that the Sport mode really works well, altering transmission, throttle, steering and the traction control system, while stiffening the suspension for maximum all-out performance. However, it made the car’s quick but rather heavy steering even heavier. Eco and Normal modes were fine most of the time.
Handling was quite good, even out of Sport mode. There are 19-inch wheels wearing low-profile performance tires, and the suspension comfortably handles rough roads. There’s a rigid chassis, and a rear multi-link suspension with optimized five-link geometry and increased suspension travel for a good range of dynamic performance and ride comfort.
The brake pedal is easily modulated but must be pressed firmly for the best stops from the anti-lock brakes, which have electronic brake force distribution.
The light “”H-Trac” AWD system causes torque to be seamlessly and quickly routed to the front wheels for improved stability on slippery roads. It allows for a higher torque distribution range by offering a dual-sport mode linked to an “Intelligent Drive Mode.”
The inner-lined hood glides open on twin struts to reveal an engine set way back for good weight distribution. There’s additional bracing in the engine compartment for more body rigidity.
[photo: Genesis] Comfort and Convenience

The church-quiet interior is spacious, despite a large front center console. The trunk also is very roomy and has a low, wide opening and an automatic opening and closing feature. However, rear seat backs don’t flip forward for more cargo room. Doors open especially wide, and there are many cabin storage areas.
The car is loaded with comfort and convenience luxury car features, including premium leather seating surfaces, supportive power heated and ventilated front sport seats with many power adjustments, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, dual automatic temperature controls, tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, genuine carbon fiber trim and an engine start/stop button.
A navigation system and 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound audio system operation can be accessed through the 9.2-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I’m not a fan of touch screens because they take eyes off the road and some are overly complicated. This screen was easy to use, but I still appreciated the climate control system’s manual controls.
TFLCAR’s TAKE:
For the most part, my test 2018 G80 AWD 3.3T Sport qualifies as a genuine sports sedan that costs less than some rivals.
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2018 Genesis G80 Sport First Drive: Notice Me!

Genesis twin-turbocharges the G80 with a new Sport model



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Genesis is fighting an uphill battle. Not many consumers know Genesis is a new automotive luxury brand, and fewer still will care enough to stray from first-tier brands they’ve always trusted. With the new 2018 G80 3.3T Sport, Genesis extends its reach with a powerful and sporty variant of a comfortably sized sedan that made its debut as the Hyundai Genesis for the 2015 model year before being renamed G80. Some luxury consumers—including my Genesis-3.8-driving father—seek out something different when buying a new car, but what does the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport offer midsize luxury sedan buyers?
As with the regular G80 and enormous G90, value and above-average interior space are great reasons to consider the G80 Sport. The more eye-catching Sport variant retains the same capacious cabin as the 3.8 and 5.0 models, which means it’s bigger inside than pretty much everything else you’re considering. That’s a useful advantage for those who are miffed by the prospect of paying $50,000 to $70,000 for a midsize sedan that feels barely midsized from the back seat. In Sport trim, the G80 comes as a fully loaded package with the only choice being rear- or all-wheel drive. The G80 Sport’s all-wheel-drive system can send 90 percent to the rear wheels in Sport mode (depending on what’s needed and how the car is being driven) and can send 100 percent of the torque to the front wheels in “Escape” mode, if the car is stuck in snow or ice. Having driven G80 Sports on a foggy day in Northern California, I luckily didn’t have a chance to test out this feature.

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At the core of the G80 Sport is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and a healthy 376 lb-ft of torque from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. It’s a powerful engine and a good fit for the G80 Sport, which weighs a substantial 4,500 pounds with rear-wheel drive and just under 4,700 pounds with all-wheel drive. In rear-drive form, that’s more than 600 pounds heftier than the six-cylinder models of the Lexus GS and BMW 5 Series, both cars in the G80’s competitive set. Upon a stab of the accelerator pedal, the G80 Sport doesn’t really feel 4,500 pounds, but it also doesn’t feel as light on its feet as the Lexus GS 350 F Sport, a competitor I’ve also driven. The G80’s interior is on the quiet side, which can be a little problem for cars with sport in their name. So Genesis pipes sound into the interior to remind driver and passenger that this isn’t a 311-hp G80 3.8. Put the G80 Sport into Sport mode, and you’ll really hear it.
The G80 Sport is no wheels-and-body-kit package. Real performance upgrades include the sport-oriented adaptive suspension and eight-speed transmission, the larger rear brakes, and an improved cooling system. Fun fact: The G80 Sport’s standard 19-inch wheels (wrapped in P245/40R19 all-season tires in front and P275/35R19s in the rear) are just over a pound lighter per wheel than the 19-inchers on the eight-cylinder G80 5.0. The G80 Sport’s development effort paid off; the car is a well-executed cruiser that can be sporty when the mood strikes. There’s actually some steering feel, and compared to the regular G80 3.8, the G80 Sport has a more buttoned-down suspension with less pitch and dive under hard acceleration and heavy braking. The G80 Sport is sportier than the G80 3.8 (as it should be), but drivers like my father who now want a car that feels smaller might appreciate the new trim level while they wait for the G70 to arrive.
The 2018 G80 Sport should be noticeably quicker than the less expensive G80 3.8. Motor Trend tested a G80 3.8 AWD (back when it was called the Hyundai Genesis 3. accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, and we’ve tested a rear-drive eight-cylinder model reaching 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. We expect the G80 Sport will reach 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds; a 2017 G90 with the G80 Sport’s twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel drive hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. All of this size and power comes at a cost, however. The smaller rear-drive 2017 Lexus GS 350 F Sport is rated 19/27 mpg city/highway, better than the G80 Sport’s 17/25 mpg (or 24 mpg highway with all-wheel drive). Fuel economy has never been a G80 advantage. The Sport’s 17/24–25 mpg is slightly better than the V-8 model (15–16/23–24 mpg), but it’s a couple mpgs down from the 3.8 model’s 18–19/25–27 mpg. The BMW 540i, for comparison, has a manufacturer-estimated 4.7–4.9-second 0–60 time and EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/29–30 mpg. If you’re not interested in hearing about fuel economy on a sporty luxury sedan, consider that most efficient cars, such as the quick 540i, won’t need to stop for gas quite as often.

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What 540i owners won’t get are the G80 Sport’s impressive standard features list. Every Genesis G80 Sport gets a full suite of active safety tech, including a system that can apply the brakes if it senses an imminent collision, a lane departure mitigation system that can subtly keep you in your lane if the car starts veering without a turn signal on, and an adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go functionality (the car will decelerate or accelerate up to your desired speed depending on traffic). Other standard features that put the G80 Sport’s $56,225 price into perspective include a multicamera parking system that’s easy to use, LED headlights, a power-operated trunklid, a panoramic sunroof, a black microfiber suede headliner, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation on a 9.2-inch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, three years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance, and a head-up display. As with the other G80 models, all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option.
One of the coolest additions on the G80 Sport model is the real carbon-fiber trim inside—it’s a rich touch and a good complement to the other G80 models’ matte wood trim. The Sport trim also introduces copper accents to the G80, and we’ll probably see the detail on a sportier version of the upcoming G70 four-door. Inside, the accents amount to copper stitching on the seats and steering wheel, as well as copper trim on the analog clock that sits in the center of the dash. On the exterior, the copper theme reaches the edges of the front cross-hatch grille, the LED headlights, and the outside of the wheels’ center caps. The copper details are more understated than the four look-at-me exhaust outlets and distinguish the Sport model from other G80s in a meaningful aesthetic way. The G80 wears its 196.5-inch length well, with classic-luxury styling and an imposing presence.









When it comes to safety, the Genesis G80 gets the job done. The car has a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (out of a possible five stars), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2017 model a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, thanks in part to the car’s standard automatic emergency braking system.
For a luxury sedan under $60,000, the Genesis G80 Sport offers no compromises in terms of interior comfort or features, but the performance upgrades can only take the heavy sedan so far. The upcoming G70 will likely be lighter, more efficient, and sportier, but not everyone has the luxury of waiting one to two years for a car that doesn’t yet exist in dealerships. In the meantime, if you want a quick luxury sedan that looks and feels a little sporty without compromising commuting livability, the G80 Sport is worth a look.













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It's easy on the eyes, and the interior looks very nice.

I still can't see it being a player at that price point.
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It is undercutting the closest competitor in pricing (which is the purpose and intention of Genesis being spun off) the G80 and now G80 sport is a 5 series competitor as is sits. (The 5 was redesigned so no new head to head either)
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It's easy on the eyes, and the interior looks very nice.

I still can't see it being a player at that price point.
I think if someone drives it head to head with competition and won't buy just based on a badge, it fairs pretty well. Especially once you start looking at options and add-ons, where most luxury brands get stupid expensive and are (tens of) thousands above their starting point. That is what really turned me off of KCSR's favorite german brand. The 3 series may start at $33k and the 5 series at $51k, but if you think you are getting out of there with any type of well equipped car for less than $10-$15k more than that, you are mistaken.
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2018 Genesis G80 Sport First Drive | Pennies from heaven











  • Quote:
  • Engine
    3.3L Twin-Turbo V6
  • Power
    365 HP / 376 LB-FT
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Auto
  • Drivetrain
    RWD / AWD
  • Curb Weight
    4,519-4,674 LBS
  • Seating
    2+3
  • Cargo
    15.3 Cu. Ft.
  • MPG
    17 City / 24 HWY (AWD)
  • Base Price
    $56,225

It's just not enough to be packed with luxury car equipment or have specs and proportions that look the part. And it's certainly not enough to have a price tag that's lower than everyone else's. It's just not enough because the car formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis outsold all but the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series most years.

Seriously.

And yet, can you really envision anyone truly putting it on the same luxury car pedestal as even an Infiniti or Volvo? You know, the pedestal that creates satisfaction for owners and breeds desire in everyone else? It takes creating an actual luxury brand to really do that, and it's with the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport that we can see the ongoing evolution of just that.

Although every G80 is updated for 2018, it's with the Sport where the best attempt is being made at establishing the sort of emotional connections and points of differentiation that can make someone want a car rather than simply buying one because it makes sense.



And in the G80 Sport, it all begins with copper. Yep, the stuff of pennies, kettles and Moscow Mule mugs, and a finish you won't find on any other luxury car. There are copper details in the Sport's headlights, wheel caps, dash clock and leather stitching – they are subtle but classy and effective. Those trim pieces further pair with brass-like bright work that takes the place of traditional chrome throughout the exterior. True, it doesn't work with every paint color and in every lighting condition (such as when the Polar Ice blue car in photos met overcast coastal skies), but we think a lot of people will appreciate that this non-silver trim combo is new and different. It's hard to stand out from the crowd if you wear the same makeup as everyone else, and we wouldn't be surprised if more Genesis cars adopt it.

There are differences beyond the trim, though, as the Sport's lower fascia is more aggressive than the slightly altered one found on every other 2018 G80. There are three separate intakes sculpted to strongly resemble an M Sport BMW's lower fascia. The Genesis grille also has a glossy black mesh insert rather than horizontal bars, though the look is still hampered by the conspicuous adaptive cruise control's radar emitter. At the back, there are darker taillights, enlarged housings for the quad tailpipes and the now-ubiquitous glossy black rear diffuser.

If the regular G80 is handsome and well-proportioned, but a tad anonymous, the Sport does just enough to gussy it up. You might prefer its look. But, will you prefer everything else that comes along with it?
Well, if by "everything," you mean available Genesis feature content, then yeah, you literally get everything. The Sport comes standard with the 3.8 trim level's Premium and Ultimate packages. Highlights of these include a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, a driver seat with adjustable thigh support and bolsters, an upgraded 9.2-inch tech interface and a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system. That's on top of the immense G80 standard features list that includes Genesis' well-executed array of safety tech and driver aides (a driver inattention monitor and pedestrian detection were added for 201. Compared to its price tag of $56,225, a comparably equipped Mercedes E300 (with far less power) would be more than $70,000 and a BMW 530i (ditto) would be about $66,000. Heck, an Acura RLX would be about $60,000.



Of course a price tag isn't simply the result of inventorying a features list. There are harder-to-quantify elements like engineering sophistication, driving dynamics and interior perceived quality (not to mention the aforementioned brand cachet) that go into determining whether Jane D. Carbuyer finds a particular price palatable. And in these areas, the G80 Sport's lower price makes some sense.

On paper, at least, it boasts an impressive list of attributes. Like every G80 it has a multi-link rear suspension, but bolsters it with continuously adaptive dampers that firm up when Sport mode is activated. The electric power steering system is rack-mounted for better road feel and response, while its exclusive, three-spoke steering wheel feels great in your hands. The brakes are also enhanced for better heat resistance up front and with bigger rotors at the back.

Ultimately, though, what the G80 could really use is a more rigid structure. The regular G80's ride seems pleasantly plush until you hit a big bump and the car uncouthly shimmies in a way that you won't experience in its competitors. It can feel insubstantial, something that the Sport's firmer suspension makes things worse with a nervous and occasionally brittle ride quality over most road surfaces.



Yes, that suspension does improve road holding and controls body motions well through turns and over undulations, but we think those same potential buyers attracted to the Sport's look could be put off by the unsorted ride. They probably won't like the odd steering, either. It seems to almost lock into your turning angle through a corner and briefly resists your efforts to return to center or make a mid-corner adjustment. It almost felt like the lane-keeping assist system was on – it wasn't.

The engine enhancement makes a better case for itself. Whereas the regular G80's 3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 get subtle updates for 2018 to improve fuel economy, the G80 Sport gets its own engine (take note, Acura TLX A-Spec). It's the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque first seen in the Genesis G90 and coming soon in the Kia Stinger GT. It provides effortless, relaxed acceleration most of the time, but can add just the right amount of snarl during aggressive acceleration to make you nod with satisfaction. Sure, said snarl is piped in through the speakers, but the G80 is such a whisper quiet car that doing so is a necessity.

The eight-speed automatic transmission carries out its orders without fuss or notice, and although the Sport summons rev-matched downshifts when using the steering wheel paddleshifters, we doubt you'll be inspired to use them. Yes, the Sport is sportier than the regular G80, but it's ultimately just not engaging nor sorted enough to be considered a sport sedan.



Frankly, it probably doesn't need to be, but it should probably get some more attention inside. Elements like the rubbery switchgear and dashtop don't match the quality you'd find in the G80's upper crust competitors. The switchgear in particular looks far too Hyundai in origin, whereas the silver switches in the Genesis G90 look properly distinctive and ritzy. Genesis would've been wise to trickle them down ASAP, much as you can find E-Class bits and S-Class pieces in lesser Benzes. It's also curious that the G80 and G90 have different tech interface controls.

Then again, the G80's huge number of features are bound to make up for some of the perceived quality shortcomings, as we'd bet a great many would prefer to have standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto than a richer-looking dashtop.

They also might prefer the various ownership advantages Genesis provides. Besides the 5-year/60,000-mile basic and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties that best every other luxury maker, you also get three years of complementary scheduled maintenance and service valet – in that someone comes to your house, drops off a loaner car, and takes your G80 to get serviced without you paying a dime or wasting time.



Doing so will also avoid visiting a Hyundai dealer, which is where one buys a G80 and a place where Genesis must literally improve. Though 90 percent of Hyundai stores will happily sell you a G80, only 30 percent are certified for the full Genesis experience complete with a separate dealership area (they're also the only ones that can sell the G90). In either case, pondering a $56,000 luxury sedan lined up alongside aisles of Elantras and Tucsons can't be a selling point.

Of course, taking this cautious approach could be deemed fiscally prudent as dealers aren't being asked to risk building fancy separate stores for a new, untested brand. One would imagine those will arrive if and when Genesis establishes itself on that luxury pedestal.

It's certainly not there yet. The promise of another sedan, a coupe, two SUVs and inevitable evolutionary improvement will help for sure, but the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport importantly shows that its brand is on the right track. Yes, the Sport will still mostly appeal to dollars-and-sense buyers, but all that copper and bronze at least has the potential to differentiate it from a crowded field and spark an emotional attraction. Me-too won't cut it. The G80 Sport is its own thing and is better for it.
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2018 Genesis G80 Sport First Drive


With an array of its cars as some of the most popular products in the market, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is a new feather in the brand’s cap. Started off as a flagship by Hyundai, the Genesis turned into a brand itself in a short span after it was launched.
The Genesis G80 Sport is the mid-size luxury sedan out of the two produced by the company and was formerly produced as Hyundai Genesis Sedan between the years 2009 and 2016.

2018 Genesis G80 Sport – Aggressive Look

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport has an aggressive look with its black chrome all over the car. The detailing has been minutely done along the car’s cross hatched grille, its wheels’ center caps, and around the doors. Apart from that the softer edges and the devil’s eyes like headlights give it a clear sporty vibe. The Genesis G80 is also 118.5 inches in length, making it very roomy for a mid-size sedan.
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is also 118.5 inches in length, making it very roomy for a mid-size sedan. The copper detailing accentuated on the exterior is also present inside the car, though in more subtle tones. However, its carbon fiber is present in larger proportions on inside the car and thus, dominates over the copper detailing. The Genesis G80 continues with its sporty drive with leather steering wheel, black suede headliner, and sport alloy pedals.
The vehicle’s seats have a great shape and adjust well to its passengers. The car’s interior also boasts of an audio system, a navigation system, and a head up display compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is also roomy as compared to its previous versions.

Performance and Specs of the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport

The twin turbo V6 engine from the Genesis G90 gives this mid-size car the aggression it needs to be sporty. However, the 376 lb-ft torque set just above the 1300 rpm over a broad area which gives it the real edge.
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport has three controlled modes of its driving namely, Eco, Normal, and Sport. These modes are responsible for handling the shocks, steering feel, and shift of the vehicle. Though the Normal mode of the Sport works better than the regular, the Sport mode isolates the driver and leaves the shocks out of its driving experience.
Powered by the G90’s twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 engine which gives it 365 hp. This, along with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and a manual shifting mode behind the steering wheel make it a powerful car for its size.

Bottom Line and Price

Though cheaper than its other Sedan Luxury Sports counterparts, there are still a few places where the 2018 Genesis G80 falls short. The engine, though powerful, makes it a heavier vehicle for a rear-wheel drive.
However, the price of $42,350 could prove a great buy if you’re looking for a Sedan with some power.
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2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport: Does It Address Non-Sport's Shortcomings?

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CARS.COM — The Genesis G80 is a good, even great, car in many ways. It offers excellent value and features for its price, the Genesis ownership perks are top-notch, and the car drives comfortably and quietly. If the G80 has one shortcoming, it's that it's a bit ... boring.

To combat this, Genesis has introduced a new variant of the G80 for 2018: the G80 3.3T Sport. It gets updated styling, new suspension components and — most importantly — a new engine.
The cosmetic modifications to the Sport make it more aggressive, especially from the front. There is a new, black mesh grille up front and a restyled front bumper with large air inlets that replace the foglights. At all four corners are 19-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish (to me, the car's most attractive feature). Inside, carbon-fiber trim pieces replace the standard wood trim, while sport seats add bolstering but remain comfortable even on longer drives.
Performance Upgrades


Under the sheet metal, there are also changes to the suspension and powertrain. The suspension adds continuous damping control, which changes the feel of the suspension depending on the selected drive mode (Eco, Normal or Sport). There are also larger rear brakes for added stopping power.
Powering the G80 Sport is a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 376 pounds-feet of torque. This is the same engine that I previously tested in the larger G90 full-size luxury sedan and was very fond of, and the same holds true here. The G80 Sport is offered in rear- and all-wheel drive.
Acceleration Accolades


2018 Genesis G80 Sport
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It certainly looks more interesting, but the mechanical changes are the key to fixing the G80's "boring" problem. Do they?
I wavered back and forth on this, but for me, it's a yes — my affection for this engine is hard to overstate, and I can be bribed with acceleration. Though the G80 is offered with a larger 5.0-liter V-8, which makes more horsepower and torque (420 hp and 383 pounds-feet), this engine is still the one I'd take because of its responsiveness. The higher power ceiling of the V-8 comes on later in the rev range; max torque doesn't hit until 5,000 rpm. But the twin-turbo V-6 makes all of its torque starting at 1,300 rpm, and that makes a big difference in the immediacy of acceleration and passing power when cruising at speed.
Suspension Shortcomings


2018 Genesis G80 Sport
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What gave me hesitation were the suspension updates, which are less effective. In my review of the 2017 G80, I said that the standard suspension "lacks sharpness when pushed or when the road gets curvier, and the steering could use more feedback." That observation remains true for the G80 Sport.
The malleability of the variable suspension is appreciated; the G80 Sport retains the ride quality and comfort of the normal G80 (both of which are above average). But even with the suspension firmed up, it can't hold up to the G80 Sport's heft. In all-wheel-drive configuration, the curb weight is 4,674 pounds (only 110 pounds less than the similarly equipped G90!), and all that weight is really felt on any road that isn't straight.
There was one other quirk to the G80 Sport that bears mention: It has very twitchy throttle and brake response even with the Normal driving mode engaged. I drove around much of the time in Eco, which with this engine means you still get decent performance, but it smooths out much of the unevenness. I was able to adapt to the G80 Sport's throttle, but the brakes continued to give me trouble in my time with it (sorry, passengers).
The Price Is Right


2018 Genesis G80 Sport
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Importantly, the G80 Sport stacks up well compared to the other G80 trim levels on price. It starts at $56,225 for rear-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel-drive models cost $2,500 more at $58,725. That's cheaper than models with the larger V-8 engine and only $900 more than the G80 with the standard 3.8-liter V-6 with Ultimate Package, and the G80 Sport has the same features as that vehicle; $900 isn't much of a premium to pay for a much better engine that's more responsive and makes the whole car more engaging.
If I were to take home a G80, the Sport would be the one for me.
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DRIVEN: 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 Sport a comfort-first hotrod











The 2018 Hyundai Genesis G80 Sport is powered by its 3.3-litre, V6, twin-turbo, 365-horsepower engine. (JUSTIN PRITCHARD)

Hyundai has turned the Genesis model range into its own brand and models like the new Genesis G80 Sport ditch the Hyundai badge and are sold through their own sales network in a very unique way.
Want to test-drive a model from Canada’s newest luxury brand? You go online and arrange for a Genesis ambassador to arrive with an iPad full of information and a car for you to test-drive.
Forget what your parents taught you about getting into cars with strangers — with Genesis, you literally summon a stranger from the internet and get into their car. You never have to set foot in a dealership.
In any case, when test driving the G80 Sport, be certain to head to the roughest road you can find for a leisurely drive.
Here, several assets take centre stage in a machine that’s excellent at what it does best — namely, turning in an authentic world-class luxury driving experience, even on rough, real-world roads.
Here, the suspension filters out most harshness hurled at the car from beneath. Other than a hint of tire noise allowed into the cabin from time to time, you hardly hear a peep.
If you blindfolded me, put me in here, and told me I was in a 90-grand Lexus, I’d believe you — the real-world ride quality is top-notch.
Plus, with a hefty curb weight in the mid-4,000-lb. ballpark, it won’t disappoint those after a big sedan that feels stable, planted, substantial and solid.
The standard 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 makes 365 horsepower and nearly 380 pounds of torque available from 1,300 RPM.
It supports leisurely luxury driving — just a slight squeeze of the throttle sends the G80 Sport rolling with authority through traffic with the engine staying well under 2,000 revs and gear shifts coming imperceptibly.
In any measure of noise levels, comfort, ride quality or creamy, heavyset smoothness, G80 Sport impresses readily but, it is, ultimately, a ‘comfort-first’ sedan.
Engage sport mode and drive with some fire in your pants, and it plays ball, but never gets too excited.
Steering heavies, but lacks much feel, and still requires plenty of work at the wheel to fire the car around bends.
The suspension stiffens into a less-soft but still-soft calibration. Paddle-activated gearshifts occur after a brief pause, in no particular rush — lacking the lightning-fast gearshift speed you’ll find in a comparable German car.
Though forward, full-throttle thrust is curse-worthy, G80 Sport is not a high-agility, handling weapon of a ride.
Drive a comparable BMW or Jaguar really hard, and it seems to love it. Do the same in the G80 Sport, and it says ‘um, ok, sure.’
Here’s a machine that impresses initially and, most strongly, as a luxurious cruiser that’s expert at quietly hovering down the road, with plenty of effortless twin-turbo firepower in reserve.
It’s a hot-rod luxury cruiser, more than a high-precision driving tool.
Massive door openings and big on-board room make entry and exit easy, and there’s room to spare in any seat, in any direction.
Contrast stitching, layering of colour, texture and gloss, fragrant leather, aluminum accents, and miles of carbon fiber all grab, and keep, attention.
For the clever and abundant use of top-dog trimmings, the cockpit hits the mark. The abundant use of glass and relatively thin window pillars visually open the cabin a measure more.

Contrast stitching, layering of colour, texture and gloss, fragrant leather, aluminum accents and miles of carbon fiber all grab and keep your attention in the cabin. (JUSTIN PRITCHARD)
There’s hardly a modern luxury feature not included. My favourites were the high-potency Lexicon stereo with its big-dollar sound and the handy wireless recharging pad for your Smartphone resting at an angle in the centre console storage bin.
But, take away the trimmings and materials and what you’re left with in terms of the cabin shape and layout is more mainstream and resembles a great big Hyundai Sonata.
Not a bad thing, but a potential issue when you count the 5-Series, E-Class and Volvo S90 among your competition. The S90 might be the G80 Sport’s closest competitor and, if you’re test driving one, you should test drive the other.
In all, the G80 Sport is a stand out value — by any stretch, a gorgeous, original-looking and fresh new offering that’s smooth and refined in every aspect and a machine that rides, coddles and relaxes like something pricier.
That price landed at an all-in, as-tested $62,000. Not coincidentally, that’s about the same money as a base 5-Series or E-Class — before you add the cost of the features and powerplant and sport package and big stereo and technologies that all come ‘standard’ with Genesis.
Though the interior and handling may leave some wanting a little more, getting all of the goodies and an impressive warranty at this price point will more than compensate for the luxury shopper that’s keeping an eye on their budget — and who doesn’t want to step foot in a dealer.

The specs



•Model: 2018 Genesis G80 Sport

•Engine: 3.3-litre V6, twin-turbo, 365 horsepower

•Drivetrain: H-TRAC all-wheel drive

•Transmission: 8-speed auto

•Features: push-button start, Lexicon audio system, climate-controlled seats, adaptive suspension control, Nappa leather seating, navigation, heated steering wheel, 19-inch wheels

•What’s hot: immensely comfortable, roomy cabin, power to spare, quiet ride, feels pricier than it is, gorgeous cabin trimmings

•What’s not: cabin layout may not be special enough for some, fails to excite with handling and agility

•As tested (G80 Sport): $62,000
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BMW 540i vs Hyundai Genesis G80 Sport



Did you ever think you’d see that headline in your lifetime? A BMW 5 Series being taken on by a Hyundai? Ten years ago, that …



Did you ever think you’d see that headline in your lifetime? A BMW 5 Series being taken on by a Hyundai? Ten years ago, that statement would have been laughable. However, the South Korean brand has recently been putting out some very good cars, cars that can compete with more premium brands. The all-new Hyundai Genesis G80 is certainly good enough to take on competitors from Cadillac and Lexus but is it good enough to take on the BMW 5 Series, mid-size luxury royalty?
In this review from AutoGuide, we find out.



The new BMW 5 Series, internally known as the G30 5 Series, is one of the best in the model’s history and possibly the best on the market. Its combination of performance, luxury, technology and handling make it a superb all-around mid-size luxury/sport sedan. There really anything the new 5 Series does poorly. The Goldilocks model in the 5 Series range is the BMW 540i. With its 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine, the 540i makes 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. When paired with an eight-speed automatic, the 540i can get from 0-60 mph in a scant 4.7 seconds. But it isn’t just the speed that’s impressive. It’s the smoothness with which that engine pulls. It’s like a jet turbine. It also sounds great.



Performance isn’t the only trick up the BMW 540i’s sleeve, either. It also handle well, like a proper 5 Series should. With sharp steering, even if it’s a bit numb, responsive chassis dynamics and a near-perfect ride compromise, the 540i can actually be fun to drive. We’ve said it before, the new 5 Series is the best driver 5er since the E39-generation. But it’s also far more luxurious than ever before, with one of the nicest cabins on the market and some of the most impressive tech. So can the new Hyundai Genesis G80 Sport keep up?



Surprisingly, yes. From the outside, it’s not bad looking at all. In fact, I actually like it. It looks aggressive but also premium, which can’t be said about its competitors from Lexus and Cadillac. On the inside, the cabin is nicely laid out, if a bit boring, and the materials are said to be premium and well put together. It’s not as premium as the 5er’s cabin but it’s also almost $20,000 cheaper, as-tested. But the cabin is quiet, comfortable and has all the tech anyone would need at this price point, even if it’s quite a bit less high-tech than the space-shuttle-like 5 Series.
In terms of performance and handling, the Genesis does better than expected. Its 3.3 liter turbocharged V6 makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, so more than the BMW 540i. For the Genesis, 0-60 mph takes 5.2 seconds, thanks to being about 600 lbs heavier than the Bimmer. That’s still pretty quick and its extra torque gives it a nice, punchy mid-range. However, that’s about where its performance ends. While it looks aggressive and has the performance numbers to back that up, it still drives like a luxury can and lacks the responsiveness and fun of the 5er.

In the end, AG claims that the BMW 540i is the better car. It’s more luxurious, faster and handles better. Though, the Genesis G80 Sport offers a very interesting value proposition. If you can live with the softer handling and lack of tech for a much cheaper price, it could be the better buy.
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