Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury spin-off, has already impressed us with its first model, the flagship G90 saloon. The second model in the Genesis line-up, dubbed Genesis G80 is essentially a 2017 model year version of last year’s Hyundai Genesis saloon, but with a new name and mild upgrades. Although it was revealed earlier this year with two engine options, a 3.8-litre V6 and a 5.0-litre V8, the G80 has turned up at the Los Angeles motor show with a new 3.3-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 under its bonnet.
Dubbed Genesis G80 Sport, this new trim will be slotted in between the V8 and the naturally aspirated V6 models. The twin-turbo V6 is rated at 365bhp and 510Nm of torque, and is coupled with an eight-speed transmission that has been tuned for sportier shifts in the G80. It also gets an upgraded suspension system with continuous damping control, which Genesis says will result in better vehicle dynamics and ride quality. The brakes at the back have also been upgraded with ventilated discs.
The Sport trim is also distinguishable from the rest with copper-coloured styling elements, a dark chrome grille, a more aggressive lower front and rear fascia designs, 19in dark alloy wheels and dark satin trim details on the outside, while the cabin gets sport pedals, a special steering wheel, sport seats with contrast stitching, black microfibre suede headliner and genuine carbon fibre interior trim finish. In addition the Sport will be available in two exclusive colour options; Polar Ice and Sevilla Red.
And in keeping with the Genesis brand’s upmarket positioning, the G80 Sport will be well-equipped with a host of standard safety and convenience features including Pedestrian Detection and Driver Attention Alert, a 9.2in touchscreen navigation system with multi-media controller, a multi-view camera, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio and wireless device charging. As Hyundai Middle East is already testing the waters with its Sonata Turbo, we’re hopeful that the Genesis G80 Sport will also make its way here.