How Does Genesis’ New 2018 G80 Sport Look In Black?

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is going to be displayed at the company’s stand at the Detroit Motor Show, next to the already available G90 flagship.

The most dynamic model Genesis made yet employs a twin-turbo 3.3-litre direct-injected V6 with 365hp and 376 lb-ft, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Genesis also upgraded the suspension and the software of the gearbox in order for the 2018 G80 Sport to offer better performance and sportier handling. Customers will also be offered the option of an all-wheel drive system.

The new G80 Sport features a more aggressive exterior styling with copper details to make it stand out more from its lesser siblings. Other differences include a set of unique 19-inch alloy wheels, genuine carbon-fibre trim for the cabin, leather sports seats and more.

The new Genesis model will also come packed with a full range of technology and advanced safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Attention Alert and a multi-view camera.

Inside there is also the brand’s own Connected Services as standard, bringing things like Destination Search powered by Google, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, SOS Emergency and Automatic Collision Notification (ACN). The company offers a three-year complimentary subscription to its Connected Services to each new customer.

The Koreans say that they will release full details, including pricing, closer to the market launch, which is expected to take place this spring.


  • TheBelltower

    Can a car be a hooptie when it’s brand new? Evidently it can.

    • Tumbi Mtika


      • Jay

        They’re saying a hyundai is usually considered a ‘hooptie’, no matter how new it is.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          That sucks.

    • Jay

      You’re right. Unfortunately today I Jay admit that this Hyundai is actually good looking. They can separate the brand and call it what they want it’s still a Hyundai.

      • Rick Alexander

        That’s the biggest problem right there with the buying public. Who gives a shit, if it’s a Hyundai. Does it look great? Does it perform well? Is it priced right? The majority of the buying public are so concerned with the badge, they can`t bring themselves to take one for a drive. That`s a shame, because they`re missing out. Hyundai has been making some fantastic products of late (not a fanboy either). Companies can call their products whatever they want. They`re still automobiles.

        • Jay

          I agree with you completely, it is a problem we judge it by its name but we’re human so that’s probably not going to change any time soon. There’s nothing the companies can really do about it either unfortunately.

          • SteersUright

            Disagree. Badge is more important to some, less to others, thus Hyundai’s success and continued growth. I happen to prioritize quality, dynamics, comfort, and bang for my hard earned buck and this looks like a real winner if Hyundai has nailed the handling down. I test drove a 2016 Genesis 3.8 sedan and was blown away by the quality, luxury, and features it offered for the 0 down $275 lease they offered on it. It was very quiet, composed, good engine sound, and had tons of standard kit. My ultimate issue was that it floated down the road and clearly prioritized luxury where I wanted more sport. This car may have fixed that though!

        • john1168

          I think people who don’t know anything about cars have only the brand name to go by. They don’t know what’s good and what’s bad. Heck, I remember when the BMW 1 series came out that a lot of the people buying the car didn’t even know if the car was front or rear wheel drive. They didn’t really care actually. The only thing they did care about was that they owned a car with the BMW emblem on it. Pretty sad but unfortunately that’s what car manufacturers are dealing with especially Hyundai and KIA.

          • sam77

            I think BMW 1 series is still a rear wheel drive

      • bd

        Does it really matter?

        Lexus is still Toyota, Infiniti still Nissan and Acura, still Honda.

        • Jay

          Ford is still Lincoln too..

        • Crystal

          Let’s not FORGET Mercedes-Benz is manufactured by Chrysler.. annnnd Volkswagen owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche….

          • Rick Alexander

            Not sure where you’re getting your info from. Chrysler is the company, that used to be owned by Mercedes (Daimler/Chrysler), who is now owned by Fiat. The Chrysler 300/Charger, Pacifica, and Crossfire, all used platforms, engines, and or both from Mercedes (built between 2000 & 2006). There are a myriad of car companies, who share technology with each other. But your statement which reads, “Let’s not FORGET Mercedes-Benz is manufactured by Chrysler”, is incorrect.

          • Crystal
    • john1168

      WTF is a “hooptie”??? That’s not one of those Pokémon is it???

      • donald seymour

        It’s American slang for a terrible looking car.

        • Jay

          No its for an old and or inexpensive car, usually in bad condition mechanically and visibly.

          • donald seymour

            So, that is not the definition of terrible?

          • Jay

            It was a word specifically for a car. An inexpensive car doesn’t mean it is terrible its just cheap, so no because there are brand new cars that are cheap too. Also you specifically said terrible looking.

        • john1168

          Thanks Donald, got it.

          • SteersUright

            Jay’s actually right. It doesn’t mean terrible looking car implying its just ugly. A new car can be terrible looking . Its a derogatory term to describe a run down, beat up, old car bought for just a few hundred bucks that barely runs, is a visual slight, but gets its broke ass owner where he needs to go whenever it’s not breaking down.

  • Six_Tymes

    front grill shape reminds me of infiniti. other than that, it looks good

  • ediotsavant

    Looks good.
    Two issues:
    1. Front end mimics Infiniti.
    2. Looking at the side, the rear reminds me of the last generation Elantra.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Does the A7 trigger that too? (sarcasm)

    • bd

      Infiniti uses a rendition of the “spindle” grill (pretty much just a hint of the spindle now) and not a hexagonal grill shape.

  • Nordschleife

    For some odd reason I get Lexus GS/GS-F with this but that doesn’t bother me.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s good

  • mccarluvr123

    Not going to lie, in Sport guise the G80 is one of the better looking midsized luxury sedans in my opinion. I especially love it in red.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I know!

  • Research Janitor

    Looks like a Lexus GS.

  • Kash

    Looks good to me. Depending on what kind of other rim options they have for this I may have to look at one.

  • An Existing Person

    It looks like an Infiniti from the front, and the rest of the package resembles more of a Lexus inspiration. Not sure what it is but this car also looks 4×4 by how high it is, which is not a good look for a sedan.

  • john1168

    I like it! I had a ride in a regular G80 and I thought it was a nice riding car. I love the subtle copper accents. I hope the HTRAC awd system they use on this and the new KIA GT has a limited slip in the rear so it can move power side to side as well as front to rear.

  • klowik

    despite it’s a luxury car, the mesh design on the grille looks cheesy. The headlight is like those from the cheaper Hyundai. Lack of sophistication and detail shall I say!

    • SteersUright

      True, the mesh design is particularly cheap looking. But then again, so is the plastic grille on the $100k+ MB S-Class because of the area needed for sensors. Also agree the headlights could be more detailed and sophisticated with added design jewelry. The do look a bit dated by now. Overall though, I think this car looks great. To get this car to look as refined and sophisticated as the segment best, you’d probably need to add another $15-25k to its price thus negating the Hyundai value proposition. I’ll take it as is, with all the cool tech in provides and hopefully luxury and sport as well (remains to be seen) all at Hyundai’s excellent cheap-ass lease rates.

  • nauticalone

    Looks good Genesis. I’m intrigued!

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks sweet 😗

  • d’Aforde

    This car is far better than anything in Lincoln’s, Acura’s, and Infiniti’s stables. It also has more power than most offerings from Audi and Mercedes in the same price range. Hyundai/Genesis’ second generation cars have already leap-frogged cars from the established players.

  • Skip

    Going to wait and see what they do with the N version of this vehicle. If it looks anything like the SPORT, I’m in

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Absolutely stunning! It is showing Lexus’ F-sport performance lineup how to look spunky, exquisite without being too extreme with its design, unlike Lexus concept characteristics cars.

  • Miknik

    Unfortunately, the related Kia Stinger, which is positioned below this in the Genesis/Hyundai/Kia brand portfolio, has this thing licked for style and desirability, including it’s interior, even if that is a rather balant Mercedes copy…

  • john1168

    Looks good in black. Especially with the copper accents.

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