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Genesis G70 Render and Leaked Information





This is what the Genesis G70 will look like, thanks to the guys at Brenthon and additionally we have some leaked details about the upcoming G70.

Genesis cannot afford to get the G70 wrong



The already-crowded compact luxury sport sedan market is about to get even more competitive with the upcoming debut of the Genesis G70. This rendering looks similar to the spy photos we published last year and contains all the signature styling features of the new Genesis brand. We think the production car will be very close to what you see here.
We’ve been hearing about this car, which was originally codenamed RK, since before the Genesis brand was announced. Last year’s New York concept car by Genesis made it official that a 3-Series fighter was almost ready. With all the data Hyundai collected from the Genesis Coupe and two generations of Genesis sedans, it seems likely that the G70 will be a serious contender to capture some compact rear-drive sales.
What We Know About The Genesis G70


Performance

Our sources told us the Genesis G70 will be driven by a choice of a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and optional 8-speed automatic, a 3.3L V6 with the 8-speed auto standard, and a diesel drivetrain with unknown displacement and around 195 horsepower for select markets. The target acceleration for the 2.0 would be around 5.9 seconds from 0-60mph, while the 3.3 is aiming at a 4.9 second time. We were also told Brembo brakes will be an option on the G70.
Interior

The G70 hopes to outshine its competitors on the inside, and promises to feature real aluminum trim, wireless phone charging, and a Heads-up Display (HUD) to impress drivers and passengers.


Pricing



Even if the G70 can match or outclass its rivals in performance, luxury, or styling, being a Hyundai product, the car will have to appeal on value to generate sales volume. To that end, our sources says the Genesis will be offering G70 buyers a base price of around $32,000 in the United States.
There’s no denying that the G70 is an important car for Genesis. In fact, the success of the brand may hinge on this car providing sales volume. With its combination of high-performing engine choices coupled to the rear-wheel-drive system through two transmission options, its focus on quality and luxury amenities, and its attractive pricing, it seems positioned to sell.
Expect to see the G70 launch soon – our sources said we should be getting the G70 ahead of the Mid-size crossover SUV.
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The Hyundai Genesis Has Become An Insanely Great Used Luxury Car Value


Hey you, the person with luxury sedan desires but a Toyota Camry budget! Forget the out-of-warranty BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class. Those are fine cars, but they will cost you in the long run. The Hyundai Genesis is one of best used luxury values on the market, and you should buy one.


Hyundai first experimented with selling a luxury car in the American market with the Genesis and later the larger, more expensive Equus. Neither car really caught on with premium car buyers despite being much cheaper than their respected rivals. The main problem, aside from being a brand with no cachet fighting in well established European territory, was that most critics panned the first generation Genesis and Equus as “almost but not quite there” luxury sedans.

That all changed with the 2015 Genesis. Hyundai finally made a car that drove and felt like something you would get from a European marque. The shift was so dramatic that Hyundai is now spinning off Genesis into its own brand and currently offers the G80 (formerly called Genesis) and G90 (Equus) sedans.











This transition means that the 2015-2016 Hyundai branded Genesis is stuck in the middle, and that equates to some great values for you. There are tons of V6-powered, lightly used Genesis sedans out there in the mid-$20,000 range.






Oh, you wanted a V8? Okay, I understand, if you are going to get a luxury cruiser you want big engine under the hood. Gas is still cheap, might as well enjoy life.
For less than a fully loaded Sonata, you can have your Genesis with a 5.0-liter 415 horsepower V8 and rear-wheel-drive.




If you are in the market for a used luxury sedan you can go two ways: you can follow the crowd and get something German or a Lexus, and there is nothing wrong with that, or you can get something a little different that gives you everything you want without some of the baggage that comes with the usual choices. But the used Genesis has become way too strong a value to ignore.
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Genesis GV80 concept previews BMW X5-rivaling SUV



Genesis GV80 concept, 2017 New York auto show

Genesis has given us our first taste at one of its upcoming SUVs with the GV80 concept car unveiled on Wednesday at the 2017 New York auto show.
The concept also introduces the naming strategy for Genesis’ SUVs, with the “G” representing the Genesis brand, the “V” the extra versatility of an SUV, and the “80” the positioning in the brand’s lineup.
Hyundai’s luxury brand is committed to having a lineup of six cars by the end of 2020, and two of these cars will be SUVs. The first, previewed by the GV80 concept, will be a mid-size model targeting the BMW X5. The second will be a smaller model targeting the BMW X3.
If an alleged Genesis product roadmap is to be believed, the GV80 will arrive in production form in the next year or two. By then, Genesis will already be selling its new G70 small sedan.
Genesis GV80 concept, 2017 New York auto show

Genesis’ “athletic elegance” design philosophy lends itself quite well to the SUV form factor, though it remains to be seen how much of the concept’s lines transfer over to the production model. Up front is Genesis’ “crest” grille which features a diamond pattern. This is flanked by split headlights made up of LEDs. One interesting element is the structural truss design for the roof pillars which can be seen from inside the vehicle.
The interior features an open design and is dominated by a 22-inch curved display at the top of the dash. It’s joined by a second screen that forms the main instrument cluster. The 22-inch screen presents two distinct zones, providing separate driver and passenger experiences. Interacting with the screen can be done by touching the thin metal strips in the center console. There is also a controller wheel whose center is a concave glass touchpad.
Genesis says the GV80 concept is powered by a fuel cell but hasn’t released any additional details.
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Genesis G70 faster, lighter than Kia Stinger GT

Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis to up the ante with rear-drive twin-turbo V6 scorcher this year




The long-awaited Genesis G70 will be on sale in Australia before the end of the year, and will be offered with a pair of turbocharged petrol engines – four-cylinder and V6.
Although pricing and specification is still not finalised, the all-new G70 will be based on a new rear-drive platform and will compete against vehicles such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.




However it’s expected to be more affordable than its German rivals, which start at around $55,000, in line with the larger Genesis sedan currently sold here, which will soon be rebadged G80.
Hyundai Australia says the G70 will be lighter and faster than the Kia Stinger GT too, a vehicle which dispatches the 0-100km/h dash in just 4.9 seconds.
In its highest state of tune, the Korean-built rear-drive luxury sedan is expected to accelerate to 100km/h in around 4.7 seconds, thanks to its 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, which should be good for at least 270kW and 510Nm – a similar output to the Kia Stinger GT.
“The Genesis G70 and [Kia] Stinger represent different design philosophies and positions in the market,” Guido Schenken, Hyundai Australia’s PR manager told motoring.com.au.
“The Stinger is a five door touring sedan with a hatch, while the G70 is a pure sports sedan.
“The G70 is shorter, narrower and lighter than Stinger as well as having a shorter wheelbase, hence it’s reasonable to assume it’ll offer better performance,” he told motoring.com.au.
Genesis’ new sports sedan is tipped to be more agile than the Kia too, given its lighter weight, and with at least 270kW on tap, it could rival European stock such as the BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C 43.
The prospect of local suspension tuning for the Australian market could also be a boon for potential buyers looking for an engaging car to drive.
Spy photos of the new G70 sedan undergoing pre-production testing at the Nurburgring confirm the vehicle’s sedan body style. The exterior design will also be heavily influenced by the Genesis New York concept which premiered in April 2016, although that car’s quasi lift-back derriere appears to have been scotched.
Expect strong after sales support from Genesis via five-year warranties, and while it’s not clear exactly when the G70 will arrive in Australia, it won’t be an easy sell just because its packing a boosted V6.
The German prestige car trio of BMW, Audi and Mercedes have a vice-like grip on the market, and there’s Lexus and Infiniti to consider as well.
“The Genesis G70 will be on sale in Australia before the end of the year,” said Schenken. “It will be available with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or 3.3-litre V6 twin turbo.
“We’re not in a position to discuss pricing or specification detail at this time, because we’re still finalising these for the Australia market. We can only confirm the two powertrains.”
Genesis has promised to have a six vehicle garage by 2020, including the upcoming G70, the G80 and G90 sedans, along with a pair of SUVs, expected to be the GV70 and GV80.
The final model will be a grand touring or GT coupe akin to the Lexus LC 500.
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#NYIAS: So, You've Seen Its EXTERIOR, How About The INTERIOR? Are You Diggin' The GUTS Of The Genesis GV80 Concept?






I have to admit that Agent 001 and I were a bit surprised by the Genesis GV80.



For some reason, it just didn't seem like Hyundai's luxury division would come out with a sport-utility vehicle this bold.

Of course given where sales are heading — right now buyers favor SUVs — it was clear that one would come along. But, you have to take note here.

New York Auto Show

**Interested in the GV80? Read all there is to know about it in the Genesis GV80 press release HERE!

After speaking with Agent 001, he gave me a pearl: Genesis' GV80 isn't reaching for the BMW X5, Lexus RX or Land Rover Range Rover. It's reaching for Bentley.

Just take a look at its exterior, which has led 001 to brilliantly coin the all-new Genesis concept, "The Gentayga." Only adding fuel to the fire is its interior, which is the definition of, well, decadent.

Get a glimpse at the best pictures of the all-new GV80's interior you'll find anywhere, right here on AutoSpies.com!


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Headlights to become vestigial, says Genesis design boss




Luc Donckerwolke explains why the GV80 has such small headlights.
The Genesis GV80 concept at the New York Auto Show may have been notable for being a hydrogen-powered SUV or the brand's first luxury crossover, but there was another future trend written across its face — small headlights.

Luc Donckerwolke, head of design for the Genesis brand, believes that some time in the not-too-distant future headlights on cars will be rendered obsolete. Speaking to the Australian press, he noted that thanks to autonomous driving, cars of the future will be able to navigate roads in complete darkness.

It explains in part why the Genesis SUV's grille takes up so much frontal real estate, with only four slivers of LEDs flanking it on each side. "We are reducing the size because we are anticipating the fact that slowly cars won't need lights any more," he told Motoring.com.au.

Though lights for illuminating the road may be replaced by an array of radar and laser sensors, vestigial headlights like the ones on the GV80 might still persist as design cues.

Though it sounds far fetched, we wouldn't rule out anything Donckerwolke has to say. Having worked previously at VW Group designing Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis, the Belgian designer knows a thing or two about setting trends.





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Genesis coupe to skip V-8 in favor of electrified powertrain



Hyundai Vision G (HCD-16) concept

One of the six cars Genesis plans to have in its lineup by the end of 2020 is a large, luxurious coupe built more for grand touring than carving up race tracks.
Unfortunately, a previous plan to fit the car with a V-8 looks to have been axed with Genesis instead favoring an electrified powertrain. The information was confirmed to Drive by Genesis design boss Luc Donckerwolke.
“As much as I like to drive V-8s, I believe electrification is going to be a main element,” the former Bentley and Lamborghini design told the Australian publication when quizzed about a V-8 being fitted to the new coupe.
He pointed to the regulatory environment as one of the key reasons for going the electrification route.
Hyundai Vision G (HCD-16) concept

“See what's happening; diesels are being banned from the cities.” He said. “Emissions have to be reduced drastically. Today a V-8 is not exactly responding to that environment.”
Separately, Manfred Fitzgerald, the boss of Genesis, told Drive that as more cars become electrified, you're going to see performance equalize among brands and thus become less of a differentiator. He gave the example of when most cars can do 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, customers will seek other attributes such as brand recognition or the design or the level of connectivity.
The Vision G concept car from 2015 hints at what Genesis has in store for its new coupe.
There are still a few years until the car arrives, however. If a leaked product roadmap is to be believed, the coupe will be the last of Genesis’ six planned cars. We’ve already seen the G90 and G80 sedans launched. Later this year we’ll see a G70 sedan join the range and after that we’ll see a mid-size SUV based on the recently-revealed GV80 concept, as well as a small SUV likely badged a GV70.
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Genesis G70 to be faster, lighter than Kia Stinger GT






Genesis plans to try its hand at the sport sedan game when the G70 officially arrives by the end of this year, and it's going to be a quick machine—even outpacing the Kia Stinger GT.
While the Stinger GT will accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds, Genesis has revealed to Motoring that the G70 will be capable of an even quicker time thanks to its lighter platform, supposedly a new design making its debut in the G70.
Both the Stinger GT and G70 receive power from a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine. While we don't know final numbers, the Stinger GT manages 365 horsepower from the mill. The G70 should arrive somewhere in the same ballpark.
"The Genesis G70 and [Kia] Stinger represent different design philosophies and positions in the market," Guido Schenken, Hyundai Australia’s PR manager told Motoring. "The G70 is shorter, narrower and lighter than Stinger as well as having a shorter wheelbase, hence it’s reasonable to assume it’ll offer better performance."
The 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 will certainly be the enthusiast's choice of engine, but a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 will also be available.
Genesis has grand plans as it takes a page from Lexus' handbook. The brand will encompass six distinct models by the end of the decade, including two SUVs, plenty of electrification, and a luxury grand touring coupe. The brand recently previewed what we may see from a future SUV in the GV80 concept.
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Genesis prices 2018 G80 lineup; Sport to start at $55,250




The Genesis G80 lineup gets a reorganization for 2018.
Genesis announced pricing for its 2018 G80 Thursday, giving us our first look at the model's new hierarchy.



The 2018 G80 comprises three trim levels and six total variations (each of those trims is available in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
Each trim gets its own engine, starting with the base G80 3.8. As the name suggests, this carries over Hyundai's 311-horsepower 3.8L V6. This trim starts at $41,750. At this price, you get a host of safety and semi-autonomous features (lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, etc.) which are not often standard on large luxury vehicles.
The next step up is the G80 Sport. This model is entirely new for 2018 and is aimed at the likes of the Mercedes-AMG E43. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 which produces 365 horsepower and 378lb-ft of torque. This gets to the ground via a reprogrammed eight-speed transmission.
Sport models also get a retuned suspension for improved dynamic performance. The R-Spec may be gone, but this is the G80 for the enthusiast.
There's more good news. The 5.0L V8 remains in the lineup. The 5.0L Ultimate is the range-topping trim, boasting the aforementioned 420-horsepower V8. Rear-wheel-drive 5.0L Ultimates start at $57,000 even.
Genesis is leading with the 2018 Sport model, which should be arriving in showrooms starting in May. 3.8 and 5.0 trims should start to trickle in this summer.



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Genesis will not be beholden to "corporate face"




Each model will have a unique personality, designer says.
Common identifying design cues on luxury marques has been a tradition for many decades, but new kid on the block Genesis intends to buck that trend.

Whether it's BMW kidneys, the Lexus spindle grille, or Lincoln baleen whale mouth, such features give an automaker "brand identity." However, to the average buyer this often results in similar-looking models at different tiers.

"We feel like each platform deserves its own unique personality," Genesis designer John Krsteski told Motoring.com.au. Indeed, this philosophy was borne out in the recent GV80 concept, which does not resemble either existing Genesis models, the G80 or G90 (though as of now the latter two do look very similar). Genesis has already announced plans to expand the line to six models, including a G70 sport sedan, a GV70 crossover, and a yet-unnamed GT coupe.

The lack of brand identity is often seen as a negative for automakers catering to status-conscious luxury buyers, but it is one of the ways Genesis intends to distinguish itself in the hotly contested market. "We don't feel constrained to try to live up to something that was there before," Krsteski says.





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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.
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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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