The sport Genesis G80 could make a come back.
In a recent interview with MotorTrend, Mark Del Rosso, President, and CEO of Genesis North America stated that there is a possibility for the Genesis G80 Sport to return. The second-generation G80 luxury sedan, which we consider one of the coolest cars on sale right now, is part of Genesis’s continued delivery of stunning luxury vehicles with performance and refinement to match the gorgeous exterior sheet metal. The second-generation G80 is a coming of age for Genesis which has refined its design language and gains more confidence by the minute. The previous generation Genesis G80 offered a Sport trim which delivered more performance and customers want to see its return we need to make our voices heard.
Gallery: 2018 Genesis G80 Sport: Review
The first-generation Genesis G80 Sport shared its 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the KIA Stinger GT, Genesis G70, Genesis G90, KIA K9. With 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque on tap, the G80 Sport was fairly quick but nothing to worry the like of Mercedes AMG or BMW M. Instead the G80 Sport was simply a little quicker and more engaging than the normal G80 and the only way to get the twin-turbo V6 in the G80. The twin-turbo V6 was mated to an 8-speed automatic and had a more aggressive exterior design which set it apart for a normal G80 sedan.
The upcoming 2021 Genesis G80 ditches the previous generation’s 5.0-liter V8 ins favor of Genesis’s new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine which pumps out an impressive 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The new structure of trims makes the twin-turbo V6 more accessible to customers than ever. If Genesis were to introduce a G80 Sport trim they would need to do far more differentiate it from the normal car since it no longer has exclusive rights to the twin-turbo V6 engine option.
A sport Genesis G80 would be a welcomed addition to the product line and a great option for G80 customers who love to drive. If demand is there, expect Genesis to introduce a G80 Sport as time goes on.