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2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport Review – Turn It on Again

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport front quarter

For those of we gripping measure during home, this is indeed a second Genesis G80 I’ve driven in a final few months. While my Feb expostulate of a 3.8-liter V6-powered G80 suggested a bill aspirant to underpowered four-cylinder models from Germany, note a few additional letters on a trunklid of this car.

This 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport is, well, a swig — though those additional badges exhibit a automobile with a bit some-more impression than a plain though appliance-like automobile we gathering previously.

Does a Sport trim make this large sedan a lion to a customary lamb?

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport profile

Genesis done a few poignant tweaks to renovate a G80 into a Sport. The many poignant is a engine — a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6, common with a Kia Stinger and a new G70. Power increases from 311 hp to 365 hp, while torque bumps from 293 lb-ft to 376 lb-ft. All of that turn is accessible as low as 1,300 rpm, that gives a G80 Sport a most some-more witty impression than a 3.8-powered customary model.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport front

The turbocharged engine simply transforms this automobile into a legitimate sports sedan. It doesn’t have a tough corner of a performance-branded versions (think M, AMG, or RS from a German marques) though this G80 Sport is impossibly fun to drive, generally deliberation a size. The large Genesis can dance.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport rear

Look during a behind of a car, and you’ll see some-more than badges. This G80 Sport trim has a party of oval empty tips, rather than a span of discriminating trapezoids on a customary G80. The amalgamate wheels on this Sport trim are a bit wider than those propitious to a customary model, as good — and staggered with an additional half-inch on a behind for an assertive stance.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport badge

I’m soft with a surprising copper/bronze highlights on a G80 Sport. Found on a core caps of a wheels, a badge on a nose, and surrounding a grille, it’s a subtle, distinguished reason that we haven’t seen elsewhere. So many other midsize sports sedans sojourn a grand march of routine packaging. This Genesis stands out, subtly.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport gauges

Yes, I’m wakeful there is sleet in a few of a photos. We had an surprising open here in Ohio, and I’m a small behind on writing. Give me a break, please.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport interior

While a leather seats propitious to this G80 Sport are utterly gentle and supportive, they do miss bolstering to improved support a motorist perplexing dispatch down a twisty road. we found my behind shifting — my rear, not a planted behind of a automobile — when diving into a hook in a road.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport front seats

It’s not mostly one can use both a heating and cooling functions of a chair in one week, but, again, Ohio. The exhilarated seats lulled a mother to nap on a cross-town drive, and a cooling did good to rage a remarkable call of comfortable black leather.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport behind seats

The legroom afforded to rear-seat passengers is impressive. The kids never kicked me in a back, solely when they attempted to get me to stop singing. My 5’8� mother sat behind me, and still her knees never overwhelmed my seat. She reported a willing float and better-than-average chair comfort.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport dashboard

When we tested a customary G80, we lamented that too many of a interior controls too closely resemble those propitious to some-more walking Hyundai models. The interface on a eight-inch touchscreen for a infotainment system, specifically, seems scarcely matching to those found on a Sonata or Santa Fe. On reflection, however, we don’t mind it so much.

Hyundai got a controls right — no genuine reason to change something that works so good when installing a identical complement in an upscale model. Perhaps I’d change a rise or colors, though we know what we like. No need to change what isn’t broken.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport infotainment

While a customary Genesis G80 is a pleasing automobile in it’s possess way, there is something about this G80 Sport that reaches in, and grabs right reason of your heart. Certainly a German marques have dominated a sports sedan marketplace for decades, for good reason, though this is a estimable challenger. After all, if we don’t mount up, we don’t mount a chance.

2018 Genesis G80 3.3t Sport behind quarter

[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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