The Genesis G80 coming to Australia isn’t as new as its smaller sibling; in fact, the company has actually been working on a redesign which will be unveiled in September. It remains to be seen when the updated G80 will be sold Down Under, but for now, local buyers will have to make do with the current model.
The luxury sedan will be sold in 3.8 and 3.8 Ultimate grades. Both use a 3.8-liter V6 311 HP at 6000 rpm and 397 Nm (292 lb-ft) of torque at 5000 rpm. This engine is mated to a lightweight aluminum eight-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels.
Buyers will be able to switch between Normal, Eco, Sport, and Snow modes depending on the driving conditions. Genesis spent many months testing the G80 on roads across Australia to perfectly tune its suspension and steering settings for local conditions. Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension with Dynamic Stability Damping Control and Electronic Control Suspension come standard in both grades and have the ability to adjust compression and rebound forces up to 100 times per second.
The G80 also sports a comprehensive array of safety systems. These include Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, and High Beam Assist. There is also Lane Departure Warning, Pre-active Seat Belt, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, a Surround View Monitor, Parking Distance Warning, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Locals prices for the entry-level G80 3.8 start at $68,900 AUD ($47,917), while the G80 3.8 Ultimate can be had from $88,900 AUD ($61,827).