2018 Genesis G80 Sport: Review

Genesis Hints The G80 Sport Could Return

In a recent interview with MotorTrend, Mark Del Rosso, president and CEO of Genesis North America, said there is a possibility for the Genesis G80 Sport to return. The second-generation G80 luxury sedan is part of Genesis’ continued delivery of superb luxury vehicles with performance and refinement to match the gorgeous exterior sheet metal. The second-generation G80 is coming of age for Genesis who have refined their design language and are gaining confidence by the minute. The previous generation Genesis G80 offered a Sport version that offered more performance and customers want to see its return which we need to make our voice heard.

The first generation Genesis G80 Sport shared its 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the KIA Stinger GT, Genesis G70, Genesis G90, KIA K9. With 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque under pressure, the G80 Sport was quite quick but nothing to worry about like a Mercedes AMG or BMW M. Instead, the G80 Sport was just a little faster and more engaging than the normal G80 and the only way to get the biturbo V6 in the G80. The twin-turbo V6 was mated to an 8-speed automatic and had a more aggressive exterior design that set it apart from a normal G80 sedan.

The upcoming 2021 Genesis G80 abandons the previous-generation 5.0-liter V8 in favor of Genesis’ new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces an impressive 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The new trim structure makes the twin-turbo V6 more accessible to customers than ever before. If Genesis introduced a G80 Sport version, it would need to differentiate it much more from the normal car since it no longer has the exclusive rights to the twin-turbo V6 engine option.

A sporty Genesis G80 would be a welcome addition to the product line and a great option for G80 customers who love to drive. If the demand is there, expect Genesis to introduce a G80 Sport over time.

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