After the long wait, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport is finally here with us. It is a new trim model that Genesis hopes will help inject a dose of excitement to the midsize luxury sedan segment. Features for the 2018 Genesis lineup include additional sportier styling elements, a tweaked chassis, and a new engine.
But what makes the Genesis Sport stand out from the rest of the models in the 2018 lineup? Probably the biggest change can be seen under the hood where the powerful V6 from the larger Genesis G90 rests. With a displacement of 3.3L and being twin turbocharged, this V6 is able to churn out a decent output of 365 horsepower and 376 pounds feet of torque. After the power is minted out, it is then taken to either the rear wheels or all wheels depending on the configuration via the eight-speed automatic transmission system.
To make the performance of the G80 Sport even better, Genesis upgraded the brakes and made the suspension more sport tuned. Besides the impressive performance spec sheet, the Sport model also boasts of impressive standard features. For instance, the standard feature list also includes top-quality items like a panoramic sunroof, a navigation unit, and leather seating. Driver aids are top grade as well.
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In addition to the standard features, Genesis also offers the G80 Sport with options. By and large, the options are only for the exterior and interior colors, and a choice of the drive system – RWD or AWD. Speaking of colors, the new color palette now includes colors such as Patagonia Blue, Caspian Black, Parisian Black, Casablanca Gray, Himalayan Gray, Manhattan Brown, and Santiago Silver.
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2018 Genesis G80 SPORT Review
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2018 Genesis G80 Sport Interior
Unsurprisingly, the G80 offers copious amounts of cabin and passenger space thanks to the larger than most wheelbase dimension. On the downside however, taller passengers will find the rear headroom to be rather tight in comparison to other vehicles within its class.
Seats, doors, and dashboard surfaces are covered in upscale materials. The level of assembly is meticulous and is similar to just about any Japanese or German sedan. When it comes to ride and seat comfort, we find the G80 Sport to fall short of our expectations. It isn’t as stellar as those of its rivals.
Thanks to abundant sound-deafening materials, its cabin is impressively quiet. So quiet that you’ll be hard-pressed to hear the engine noise, tire whine, or wind whoosh.
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On the technology level, the automaker equipped the new G80 Sport with plenty of useful tech that befit a car of its status. For instance, it comes equipped with features such as emergency telematics services, a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Standard features available for the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport include nineteen-inch wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, a carbon fiber interior trim, an adaptive suspension system, a simulated suede headliner, and sport front seats. Furthermore, it is provided with all the contents bundled on the Ultimate package.
The Ultimate package offers a Multiview rearview camera, matte wood and aluminum trim, a power trunk-lid, turn swiveling LED headlights, a Lexicon seventeen-speaker audio system, a carbon dioxide sensor, a 9.2” touchscreen interface, and a heads-up display.
2018 Genesis G80 Sport Engine Performance & MPG
Unlike the standard G80, the G80 Sport is appreciably sportier. Be that as it may, it doesn’t offer the thrill that comes with a hardcore performance car. Beneath the hood, it comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.3L V6 engine capable of generating a whopping 365 hp and 376 pounds feet of torque.
Although it is the sporty version of the G80 lineup, the V6 offered beneath its hood can’t be able to keep up with the optional V8 that’s capable of churning out 420 horsepower and 383 pounds feet of torque. We think Genesis blundered by not giving the V8 over to the G80 Sport, it would’ve been better off.
According to the EPA, the G80 Sport gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highways with the RWD, and 17/24 mpg with the AWD.
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport zooms from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds.
According to the NTHSA, the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport scored a perfect five stars out of five for overall crash testing, and a “Good” rating – highest in its category – from the IIHS. Enabling such impressive safety ratings are features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, driver attention monitor, lane-change assist, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist.
2018 Genesis G80 Sport Release Date & Price
According to the official data from Genesis, the 3.3T Sport RWD Sedan should go for sale for an MSRP starting from $55,250 while the all-wheel drive version should fetch $57,750. It should be expected to go for sale this fall.
On pricing, the G80 Sport model’s list of rivals include the BMW 5 Series and the Cadillac CTS Sedan. The CTS Sedan is ideal for shoppers looking for a strong all-around performance, modern interior and sharp style. Pricing for the CTS starts from $53,305. The 5 Series on the other hand is a formidable option in the midsize luxury sedan class due to its nearly endless array of new technology, reduced weight, and new exterior design. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $57,754.