Rebranded E Class rival spotted lapping Nurburgring.

The 2017 Genesis G80 has been spotted being put through its paces on the Nurburgring. Pretty vigorously, going by the rollcage and race seats.

The G80 is actually a rebranding of the existing Hyundai Genesis. No major styling changes are expected in the switch, and these images appear to bear that out; despite the camouflage, it looks more-or-less identical to the current car.

Interestingly, earlier spy shots of the G80 showed an 'egg crate' grille, with both horizontal and vertical slats, which seemed to be concealing an intercooler for the twin-turbo V6 engine Hyundai is thought to be developing. This could, therefore, be a naturally-aspirated version of the G80.

Another clue to this car's identity could be that it is leaning pretty heavily in the corners. The turbo engine is likely to appear in the G80 Sport, which will presumably have tighter body control. It's no bad thing that the G80 appears to be fairly softly-sprung. As German rivals like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class have becoming increasingly firm-riding, a car focused more on comfort will make a refreshing change.

The Genesis G80 is expected to arrive on the market later this year, in time for the 2017 model year. It will be joined in due course by the Equus-replacing G90 and smaller G70.

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