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Genesis Sharpens the G80 for Los Angeles

We thought that the Genesis G80 for the U.S. was going to miss out on a new Sport model with a new 3.3L Biturbo V6. How wrong we were.
Posted: November 16, 2016 - 11:15AM
Author: Will Maley

Genesis has revealed the 2018 G80 3.3T Sport at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. Providing a middle ground between the 3.8L V6 and 5.0L V8, the 3.3T produces 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a retuned eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver a sporting edge. The Sport will offer the choice of rear or all-wheel drive. Other mechanical changes for the Sport includes a continuous damping control system for the suspension to improve ride and handling characteristics, and larger rear brakes with ventilated discs.

Outside, the Sport reveals its aggressive intentions with a copper-colored trim surround surrounding a dark chrome crosshatch grille, new bumpers, dark satin trim, and a set of 19-inch dark alloy wheels. The G80 3.3T Sport will feature two exclusive exterior colors; Polar Ice and Sevilla Red. Leather sport seats, sport steering wheel, microfiber suede headliner, and carbon fiber trim comprise the Sport's interior.

“The G80 3.3T Sport reflects our continual commitment to provide drivers with compelling vehicles that meet their individual needs. By extending the G80 model line-up beyond the 3.8 and 5.0-liter engines, the 3.3T Sport expands G80’s range of pure performance capability and competitiveness within the mid-luxury sedan segment,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. in a statement.

Changes In Store for Other G80 Models

Genesis isn't leaving the remainder of 2018 G80 lineup in the dark. The automaker announced the G80 will get a light exterior refresh with an updated front bumper and grille, and new alloy wheels. Inside, the G80 will feature new aluminum and new matte-wood finishes, wireless charging for your smartphone, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.

The 2018 Genesis G80 lineup will arrive at dealers next spring.

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