By on November 16, 2016

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.

image: Genesis 2018 G80 Sport

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29 Comments on “The 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport Offers Poised Belligerence...”

  • avatar

    Color me interested. Seems to have the right balance of subtle aggression for the niche it’s trying to fill.

    Yes, some of the styling elements are derivative (grill looks like Mazda) and the front 3/4 looks like it could be any number of cars, but that’s offset by what’s probably a very well equipped piece for reasonably less $ than competitors.

    Be interested to see where the pricing slots in relative to the “base” G80 and the V8 version.

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    I was excited when I thought the grille and wheels were a dark bronze color to denote the sport version, but reading the text says that’s just my monitor being lame.

    Got to post a link now, of something I realized yesterday.

    The back of this car looks exactly like the Elantra, which is no bueno at this price level and “different brand.”

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    My neighbor (who has had a long series of BMW & Lexus sedans) picked up a 2 yr old Genesis V8 at a screaming deal price. He loves it. If these prove to be reliable in the out years, they could be a nice value play.

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    I saw a Genesis, I think a G90, pulling out of the gas station yesterday as I was pulling in and my first thought before I got a look at the tail end was “Is that a new Bentley?”

    Once I got back to the office and googled, I realized that the similarities I thought I saw just weren’t there. But damn if it didn’t have a good road presence.

  • avatar
    Old Man Pants

    Not very mean or aggressive… I’d say it at least has an undergrad degree, a steady job and may even keep up with child support.

    But it ain’t Dodge mean, no.

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    Hyundai has come a long way, but is still following in everyone else’s footsteps and cribbing their design cues. Still, other then too-narrow windows and a bland rear end, the G80 looks like a winner.
    Creating the Genesis brand is a way of attempting to prevent the customer from realizing that their Lincoln is actually a Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      “…their Lincoln is actually a Ford”

      Except it isn’t. The Genesis drivetrain and bodywork is unique under the Hyundai umbrella.

      • 0 avatar

        What body panels do MKZ and Fusion share? Where is the Ford with the 3.0L t/t? Which Ford is the Continental sharing body work with? Even if you mean platform, the Continental is not just a slightly longer Fusion, it was significantly changed for the the Lincoln. Even the direct clones like the MKX, MKC and MKT don’t share bodywork, and some are altered quite a bit from their Ford versions. The materials you’ll find in a modern Lincoln are not the same as a Ford’s, even though Ford interior quality and NVH has improved itself quite a bit since the dark days of extreme cost-cutting.

        Didn’t you get the memo? All the Lincoln hate is subsiding, and as Ford does more to further distance the brand from its namesake brand, comments like yours become less relevant. The new punching bag is FCA and Alfa Romeo in particular because HOW DARE THEY INVEST IN A BRAND WITHOUT A SIGNIFICANT NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY!

        Doesn’t the Kia K9 share the standard V-6 and the V-8 powertrains with this? I thought they were under the Hyundai umbrella.

        • 0 avatar

          Sorry, John, Lincoln has a LONG way to go if it wants to convince luxury car buyers its’ cars aren’t just gussied-up Fords.

          That Continental IS a looker, though.

          • 0 avatar

            Lincoln is going in the right direction, but some of the small stuff is still lacking.

            Fit and Finish: Someone has a lease car here and the deck lid fit is god awful. The grey substrate of the trunk lid lamp assembly is plainly visible between the gap—light grey on a black car. Two others that I’ve seen (there’s already 2 in the Chicago livery market) has fit issues with the deck lid. This strikes me as odd because the plants that I know of run Lincolns down a separate inspection; I would not be shocked to learn that these were flagged but shoved out the door trying to get inventory out the door after OKTB.

            SYNC 3: Why not “Lincoln Connect”? It’s not unique to the brand, I can get SYNC 3 in a Fiesta.

            Paint names: You changed Shadow Black to Black Velvet on the Lincoln to make it “unique”, yet kept Ruby Red, Ingot Silver, White Platinum, and Magnetic on both?

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          “Doesn’t the Kia K9 share the standard V-6 and the V-8 powertrains with this? I thought they were under the Hyundai umbrella.”

          The 8 speed auto is shared with the K9 as well as the Lambda II RS V-8 and Tau V-8.

          HTRAC and the 3.3TT is unique to the Genesis brand. Much like the 3.0TT is unique for now to Lincoln, but like corporate sharing they use the 2.0T, 2.3T and 3.7L V-6 engines.

          Hyundai, Genesis and KIA also separate their connectivity brands: Blue Link, Genesis Connected Services and UVO. Blue Link and UVO are vastly different–I have not experienced the Genesis app yet.

    • 0 avatar

      And? Isn’t that what every luxury brand with a parent company is?

  • avatar

    Every time I see the Genesis wings-logo I think of Chrysler.

    • 0 avatar

      As do I. Hey, that gives me an idea!

      Sergio, call Hyundai and get them to put Chrysler 300 badges on these cars. There, now you don’t have to make a fat 200 as a replacement. Hell, you could build these for Hyundai in Canada. At least it could be considered a worthy replacement by all accounts.

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    It stands out in the crowd enough to grab my attention, but I still hate the anonymous grille.

    • 0 avatar
      Old Man Pants

      “hate the anonymous grille”

      Would I get any cross-generational traction here by saying “Yeah! It should have a grille with teeth like Leon Spinks!”?

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    Hmmmmmmmmm I wonder how great the lease deals will be? (Stroking chin thoughtfully.)

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    It reminds me of a Fusion. Or maybe every car is starting to look the same to me.

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    Just what civil society needs, the language of car marketing going beyond aggression to belligerence.

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    Was considering a Genesis sedan in 2015 – sat in one, and couldn’t get over the super-wide/high center console – it takes over almost all the “middle” space. If I wasn’t holding my legs completely straight, I was pushing up against it. I’ve already had to get used to less-than-before-room-to-stretch when I moved from VW to my ’05 Legacy GT (didn’t have this problem in my ’90 16v or my ’94 SLC – my ’84 GLI didn’t have enough leg room). On longer trips, I like to move my legs around a little, especially moving my knees left/right while keeping my feet as is. Subaru was already annoying for years that my shin would hit the dash trim where it connects to the center console and my leg was getting sore during my hour-long stop-and-go commutes – thankfully I don’t have to go to work as often anymore.

    No way no how was I going to be able to stretch one iota in a Genesis – I was already hitting the center console just sitting there. And I’m not massive – 6’1″, 220. But I guess I have long/wide legs or something – our ’15 T&C van is just on the border for this (hitting my leg on the dash) with the seat all the way back. Acceptable, but I can’t go any narrower – and this Genesis was significantly narrower.

    I get that it’s partially for safety/airbags/what-have-you, but do ergonomics have to go right out the window? I’m kind of leaning towards an STI – I think with a shifter, it’s a little better in there, but will have to make sure to check this when I test drive it.

    Heck, I did “Exotics Racing” and drove a 458/Gallardo/911 turbo and didn’t have this kind of issue.. If they can make it work in a dedicated sports car (i.e. tight on space), why can’t they make it work in a luxury sedan, which is supposed to be all about space and comfort?

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    I drive a 2016 Genesis and find it to be very roomy in the front. I guess the console size doesn’t bother me as much. I particularly like the fact that the front seat goes way back, and there are seat cushion extenders. It’s very easy to find a really comfortable position.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I don’t know how I feel about that lower front fascia, but this is otherwise well-executed.

  • avatar
    GS 455

    Let’s give our luxury sedan rubber band tires and a stiffer suspension because that’s been working out so great for Cadillac.

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    I challenge some automaker NOT to put an oversized grille on their cars. See if it starts some kind of trend. After all, most of these gaping maws are blocked off anyway.

    I liked the first-gen Genesis the best; it looked less derivative of others.

    • 0 avatar

      The blocked off spaces are what annoy me… GIANT GRILLE – but wait we only need 50% of it to have airflow.

      Tall belt lines, pedestrian impact regs, need to have a “face” for your vehicle, giant useless grilles.

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    Hyundai must be careful lest they become the new Acura–selling cars nobody wants, in dealerships that aren’t any better than their lower end cousins. Or in some cases, ARE their lower end Hyundai dealerships.

    Nothing pisses me off more than going into my local Acura dealer and seeing a slightly shinier version of every shitty dealer you’ve ever seen. My guess is that Hyundai won’t force its dealers to invest, and so Genesis cars will be sold from and by traditional and scummy Hyundai dealers, complete with a cracked dirty tile floor and three day old coffee burning in the pot while Jerry Lundegaard ignores you and gabs with his buddy about the game last night.

    I know that Hyundai knows it would be bad for the guy who makes ten bucks selling an Elantra to turn around and be responsible for making Genesis sales work, but the dealers will do what the dealers will do. Only a strong corporate direction can prevent that.

    Yeah, good luck with that. See how well Acura did it. And they’ve had years to perfect telling American Honda to fuck off, they’ll be as scummy as they like, thank you very much.

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