The 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport Offers Poised Belligerence

image: Genesis 2018 G80 Sport

The already handsome Genesis G80 will enter the 2018 model year with a meaner-looking, performance-oriented twin-turbo option for upscale sedan buyers to enjoy. It’s just the right amount of attitude for everyday aggression.

The new sport-trimmed G80 slots carefully between the base sedan and the V8-equipped premium trim. The model receives a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 — good for 365 horsepower and 376 pounds-feet of torque — borrowed from the G90, as well as some extra visual swagger to indicate that it’s not the base model. An eight-speed automatic transmission is shared with other G80 offerings.

While the twin-turbo powerplant bumps available power up well above the base G80’s 311 hp, it’s not quite enough to make the 5.0-liter V8’s 420 prancing ponies seem unexclusive.

image: Genesis 2018 G80 Sport

To better corroborate the sport portion of the name and make up for the gap in power, Genesis has recalibrated the transmission for a sportier feel and improved the suspension with continuous damping control. Rear brakes are slightly upsized and newly ventilated.

Sporting elements inside the cabin include a meatier steering wheel, sport seats with contrast stitching, and a black microfiber suede headliner with carbon fiber trim.

Exterior items like a unique black chrome grille, sport rocker moldings, darkened trim, and lower front and rear fascias give the 3.3T Sport a gently sinister appearance. You can soften that appearance with a red paint job, one of two colors unique to the Sport, or enhance it by ordering the car in funeral black.

For buyers wanting a luxury sedan with a more traditional visage, Genesis also updated the 3.8 and 5.0 model G80s with a new chrome grille, bright alloy wheels, and genuine aluminum and wood finished interiors. They also share improved multimedia technology, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging.

However, if you like 19-inch black sport wheels and direct-injected twin-turbo V6s, then stick with the Sport. You’ll just have to decide if you want it in all-wheel or rear-wheel drive.

The G80 3.3T Sport will show up in North American dealerships early in 2017, after debuting at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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