Genesis is the youngest car maker today. It’s luxury division of Hyundai and it’s only two years old. However, Genesis was originally nameplate of Hyundai until this South Korean manufacturer decided to make it standalone marque. If you look at the people running this division, what can, in reality, go wrong? Almost, nothing. Former director of brand and design of Lamborghini, Manfred Fitzgerald is senior vice president. Luc Donckerwolke now leads the design of Genesis, which was design director of Lamborghini, Bentley, and Audi. And the person that was in charge of famous BMW’s M division now takes care of Genesis’ tuning and performance. Hyundai Genesis was one of the most successful cars in the luxury sedan segment. G80 is its successor and will continue to successfully enrich the new division lineup. Although relatively young, 2018 Genesis G80 is bringing some changes.
2018 Genesis G80 – Design
As for the design of G80, although borrows some elements from Audi or BMW, is really staggering. It’s clean and sharp. In other words, 2018 genesis G80 doesn’t bring anything spectacular in terms of design. And the truth is there is now reason. As we can see on the front bumper is slightly reshaped around the intakes. Also grille and rear bumper have a little bit of reconstruction. Besides that for entry level, G80 now seats on 18-inch wheels. All in all, even this mild facial update wasn’t necessary, but then again, it doesn’t hurt either.
But the main news is that Genesis added Sport trim. This one comes more aggressive look. On the front, there is mesh grille instead of regular G80’s hexagonal. Also, there are stylish 19-inch wheels, and the whole body has lower ground clearance. Exclusively to this trim genesis added Polar Ice and Sevilla Red in their color palette. And on the rear, there are quad exhaust round pipes.
Note: Image of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport
2018 Genesis G80 – Interior
On the inside, everything is top-notch. The quality of materials, design and finishing were done in a way you expect from a luxury car. There is plenty of room while both rows of seats come with heating and ventilation features in three levels. Everything is complemented with vast buttons for a variety of features that come on 2018 Genesis G80. But one little detail is probably the best one looking. Besides all that high-tech that we are used to in the 21st century, on the center console, there is squared analog watch.
Except that, all other details were done with complementation of today’s technology. But maybe there are just too many of them. And we’re not talking about features, but about the large quantity of buttons. Although grouped, we can’t shake the fact of how much are them. This could really be bothering for the management of your car, but in the future, Genesis might resolve this, for us, issue. As for some improvements, Genesis said that they managed to reduce interior noise and vibration. Even if that was possible since G80 was already excellent in this area. G80 also comes with Lexicon 7.1 discrete Sound system with 14 or 17 speakers on higher trims, while rear view camera and full-color HUD come as standard.
Note: Image of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport interior
As for the new Sport trim interior comes with sports seats with copper-hued stitching. Dashboard has carbon-fiber and largest available display, a 9.2-inch HD unit. There are also aluminum pedals, adaptive LED headlights, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system. And that’s not all, for Sport trim also comes Qi wireless Smartphone-charging pad. There is also exclusive black and gray color schemes.
2018 Genesis G80 – New Engine
Regular G80 offers two engines, a 3.8-liter V6 with 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. The another one is more powerful V8. A 5.0-liter engine with 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. They both come with eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters behind the wheel. Both come with RWD, while AWD is available for $2.500 extra but only for the 3.8-liter unit. So in this department, there is nothing new if we rule out the Sport trim. This trim offers a borrowed engine from G90. And it is 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. It can also come with AWD as optional. So when we think about it, with the twin-turbo V6, question is, is V8 even needed. As for safety, G80 for 2017 model year received Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, so we won’t waste words.
Note: Image of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport
2018 Genesis G80 – Competitors
Nevertheless, 2018 Genesis G80 will arrive in the spring of 2017. Although price tags aren’t yet available, we predict that they will be slightly higher. But, then again, it will still be cheaper than other luxury competitors. And they come as Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S90, BMW 5 and others.