Genesis Adds Naughty Twin-Turbo 2018 G80 Sport To The Range

If you always liked Genesis but you felt that their models could use some spice, then the G80 Sport is definitely good news.

After revealing the new G80 Sport in Korea this summer, Genesis brought it on US soil for its LA debut.

Under the bonnet lies a twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 petrol which offers 365hp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 376 lb-ft between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The eight-speed automatic gearbox is the same unit found in the rest of the G80 range, with Genesis saying that it’s been calibrated for a more sporty driving experience.

A new suspension with continuous damping control, a set of bigger rear brakes, a quad exhaust setup and unique 19-in alloy wheels are the main updates Genesis made to the G80 Sport.

The premium arm of Hyundai has also fiddled with the exterior, adding dark satin trimmings on the bodywork, a dark chrome front grille, sport rocker moldings and unique lower front and rear fascia designs. Genesis has also added two, exclusive to the Sport color options; the Polar Ice and the Sevilla Red.

Inside there’s a thicker steering wheel, sports seats with contrast stitching dressed in black or grey leather, a black microfiber suede headliner, a genuine carbon-fiber trim and of course a set of sport pedals.

Genesis took the chance with the new G80 Sport to refresh the infotainment systems across the whole 2018MY range, adding among others Android Auto, Apple Car Play and wireless charging.

The new 2018 Genesis G80 Sport will hit the market in the spring of 2017 and just like the 3.8 and 5.0 models, will be offered in RWD and AWD versions.

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  • BlackPegasus

    That red looks damn nice.

    • mccarluvr123

      My thoughts exactly! This model in that color looks fine!

  • Big Black Duck

    better than a Merc…nice

  • Zandit75

    Interesting camouflage on the front grille for the radar system.
    Overall, nice looking car!

  • Craig

    A very classy looking car.

  • salamOOn

    looks great in red!

  • STEFAN LAUGENIE

    A very classy and subdued sporty design.
    Not overdone with boy-racer unwanted, tasteless, tacky adornments…..
    Gorgeous yet simple interior as well, very well done Genesis…!
    (Shame about that antiquated, pre-cambrian mill though……..!!??)

  • rodriguez256

    Beautiful car just stop with the analog clock in the interior.

  • AstonMartin

    Handsome car from Genesis with wonderful attention to detail, including an impressive headlight design and striking polar ice/dark satin color combination. The G80 Sport is a contender for best in class and so far it’s one of the best vehicles displayed at the LA show this year.

  • Raf

    Love both colors but if I had to choose i”d go for the white.

    • collaziano

      Yeah, so would I. The red is nice but some of the design gets hidden with the darker red. There’s a picture of a black one in a discussion here: http://genesisowners.com/hyundai-genesis-forum/showthread.php?19906-2018-Genesis-G80-Sport-Trim-Debuts-With-3-3-Liter-Turbocharged-Engine

      I like it in black as well – but again – some of those “lines” are hidden with the darker color. So I’d get the white as well. I currently have a 2015 and it’s a really impressive car. I think the turbo V6 could use a little more power, however. I’d have liked to see the V6 get closer to that 400hp mark and the v8 move up a bit as well – in order to be competitive with the brands they’re trying to compete against…

  • KidRed

    Damn fine looking car. Well done Hyundai.

  • john1168

    I like this a lot! I love the bronze accents in the grill, wheels and especially the headlights. This car gets me pretty revved up for the KIA Stinger GT although I hope it has more power than this G80 3.3TT. I love the two toned seats. I’m happy with the AWD offering too as that should carry over to the Stinger GT as well.

  • T2X

    This Car looks awesome! I got a BMW 550i F10 at the moment, but I’m looking for a new Car. This Genesis are great looking, but I don’t know why Hyundai don’t change the Driving instruments all to Digital like Audi.

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