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2022 Genesis G80 Sport

The 2022 Genesis G80 Sport Brings More Zest And Exclusivity With Bespoke Features and Rear-Wheel Steering

The Genesis brand has come a long way in a short while, and the G80 embodies that perfectly. It was the G80 that made the transition to the Genesis brand, as it actually started life as the Hyundai Genesis. In 2020, came the second generation and a year later the first Genesis EV – the G80e. Now that the mid-size luxury sedan has made a full circle, Genesis wants to make the G80 a bit more exciting. The next evolution of the Genesis G80 will be the Sport version, which brings a few exciting features.


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Several design features set the G80 Sport from the pack. Redesigned bumpers give the sedan a more aggressive look. In the front, we get bigger air vents and a new grille with a dark glossy chrome finish. The headlights now feature black bezels for a more menacing look.

Exterior-wise, the G80 Sport takes the Athletic Elegance design language and adds a bit of sportiness to it.

The new rear bumper benefits from the addition of vertical vents, creating a sort of frame above the rear diffuser.

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The 20-inch G-Matrix wheels are also exclusive to the Sport, as is the new shade of red

On the side, the G80 Sport gets exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels with the G-matrix pattern. You can also choose between two caliper colors – black or red. If we go by the press images, it seems you can have both caliper colors. On the side, you also get the same dark gloss motives as the front grille.

One of the main exterior features is the new Cavendish Red color, exclusive to the G80 Sport. The color (and name) is inspired by the red cliffs on the north coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada.


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A new steering wheel and lots of interior customization options are also available for the G80 Sport

The red theme continues on the inside where we find a highly executed leather interior finished in Sevilla red. The other available interior color is black and you can also choose between black, gray, or red stitching.

What most sets the interior apart is the new three-spoke steering wheel, exclusive to the Sport version.

In addition, the G80 Sport allows you to choose between three bespoke trims, which are real carbon fiber, real aluminum, and a special diamond-patterned weave. Optionally, you can have a special seat quilting in either diamond or V-pattern. Other than that it’s the same well-executed interior familiar from other G80 versions, featuring a 14.5-inch touchscreen.

Performance & Drivetrain

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The new G80 Sport has plenty of distinctive features that set it apart from other G80 models
In terms of power figures, Genesis still keeps us in the dark. We do know that the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 will make an appearance, with 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet (530 Nm), but a more powerful tune isn’t out of the question.

The images show a 4WD logo, so we know that the G80 Sport will send its power to all four wheels.

Engine 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Power 375 HP
Torque 391 LB-FT

More importantly, the Genesis G80 Sport will bring rear-wheel steering on board, which will improve the stability and maneuverability of the mid-size luxury sedan. More details regarding the G80 Sport specifications will come out as the car’s premiere comes nearer. It will be interesting to see how much the addition of rear-wheel steering will improve the car’s dynamics. Right now, the Mercedes S-Class has the best system in the industry, allowing the rear wheels to turn up to 10 degrees.


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The 20-inch G-Matrix wheels are also exclusive to the Sport, as is the new shade of red

Genesis has not disclosed the G80 Sport’s MSRP yet. We expect to get more info as the official unveiling gets near. That said, we know that the standard G80 starts from $47,700. For the V-6 Premium, you’ll have to prepare at least $61,500. The EV version of the G80 is expected to command a premium at around $69,000, so the G80 Sport should be priced between the Premium and the Electric versions.


BMW 5-Series

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If we are talking about mid-size luxury sedans, we have to mention the BMW 5-Series. The current G30 generation just underwent a facelift last year, which brought new aesthetics, more standard equipment, and more personalization options through BMW’s Individual treatment.

In terms of performance, the 540i is the closest analog to the G80 Sport, given that we’ll still be getting the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 unit. The 540i’s power comes from a 3.0-liter single-turbo inline-six that puts out 333 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) and is aided by a 48-volt mild hybrid system. This allows for a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h), while returning up to 35.6 mpg (6.6L/100 km) combined.
The gearbox is a tried and tested ZF eight-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive is optional. At a $59,450 starting price, the 540i seems like a bargain, but wait till you spec it to your liking.

Read our full review on the BMW 5-Series

Mercedes E-Class

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If the G80 Sport is taking on the BMW 5-Series, this automatically pits it against the Mercedes E-Class too. Like the 5-Series, the E-Class underwent a facelift last year. The E450 in particular would be a perfect match for the G80 Sport. The Stuttgart representative features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, working with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The result is 367 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm).
Power is sent to all four wheels through the 9G-Tronic gearbox. The result is a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.8 seconds. At the same time, the E450 can return up to 38.6 mpg (6.1L/100 km) combined.

Read our full review on the Mercedes E-Class


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The biggest news, however, is the addition of rear-wheel steering

With the Genesis G80 Sport joining the ranks of the normal and EV version of the car, the mid-size luxury sedan will finally have something for everybody. Well, almost. We are yet to see a proper M5 competitor, but from what we know so far, Genesis doesn’t much care for high-performance sedans. At least not at this point.

That said, the G80 Sport brings enough bespoke elements to rival the BMW Individual treatment, which is definitely a step up in terms of exclusivity. Although prices are yet to be announced, we still expect the G80 Sport to offer unrivaled levels of comfort and luxury for its price.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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Genesis today unveiled images of the Genesis G80 Sport, the next evolution in its G80 lineup that adds dynamic design elements to its already popular midsize luxury sedan.

The G80 Sport builds on the existing G80’s foundation of luxurious design and innovative features, while offering a more athletic exterior design that evolves from Genesis’ design identity of ‘Athletic Elegance,’ with newly added interior and exterior features that set it apart.

The G80 Sport will also feature an exclusive new color: ‘Cavendish Red.’ The name is inspired by a cliffside on the north coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada, while the color was drawn from the area’s famous red cliffs.

Several unique design features set the G80 Sport apart from base models. The car’s front end will feature a exclusive design that can only be found on the G80 Sport, along with a radiator grille in dark glossy chrome, and a three-dimensional wing-shaped front bumper that accents the intake grille. Black bezels around the headlamps also highlight its sporty design.

A stunning profile reveals dark glossy chrome applied to all side moldings for a distinctive feeling of athletic luxury. G80 Sport models will also come with the exclusive 20-inch dark sputtering alloy wheels with their G-Matrix Pattern and two additional caliper colors offered in black and red.

The rear features a horizontal line that gives the G80 Sport a spacious look, while a unique bumper design contributes to its powerful and aggressive appearance from the back. Genesis has adjusted the color of the trunk lid molding too, while adding a new diffuser design to the reimagined bumper.

Three exclusive color options have been added for the interior, including black monotone with a choice between gray or red stitching, and Sevilla red.

Inside, the G80 Sport receives the Sport model specific three-spoke steering wheel, and the dashboard garnish comes in three different designs including Sport-exclusive real aluminum, real carbon, and a diamond-patterned hybrid weaving pattern, which will debut for the first time ever in the G80 Sport. Customers will also be able to choose new G80 Sport-exclusive seat quilting designs based on their choice of a diamond or V pattern.

In particular, the G80 sport offers Rear Wheel Steering (RWS) available for maximizing driving stability.

“The Genesis G80 Sport delivers the best value to customers who want to enjoy the perfect balance of ‘Athletic Elegance’ from the G80 combined with a more dynamic driving experience,” said Genesis official. “Detailed specifications will be released when the vehicle is launched in the third quarter of 2021.”

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