According to our first tests of the new G80, the Genesis response to the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Class E and Audi A6 doesn’t really count on sporting character to make its mark among premium manufacturers.
It’s a bias like any other, definitely not a problem. But if that’s the case, here’s the high-end brand’s solution to the Hyundai range: the Genesis G80 Sport, a slightly energetic version of the large (5m) and mature sedan.
It is unknown if it will arrive in Europe at the same time as the rest of the group – the first locations are due to open this summer in the UK, Germany and Switzerland – but given the share of M Sport, AMG Line and another S Line in competition sales, one would be surprised other than that that. Genesis doesn’t say a word about the engines but we should find a four-cylinder petrol (2.5304 hp) and a diesel (2.2 210 hp) G80, in the absence of a 3.5 380 hp V6 worth having. Other markets are less corrupt. As for the Korean M5, it will be necessary to iron it.
The differences between the G80 Sport and the Standard Edition are primarily cosmetic: more wrapped body armor, darkened hardware, 20-inch embossed rims, a specific three-spoke steering wheel finish, not to mention access to the color scheme of this exclusive Cavendish Red.
There is still a technical development that could change the behavior of the G80: the arrival of the rear wheels. If the Genesis gets it right, that quiet road will be a lot more fluid, especially since we can also count on modified suspension and steering in favor of a more engaging ride. What to expand the arguments of this outsider? we will see.