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2018 Genesis G80 Sport Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Genesis G80 Sport

The Genesis G80 came out in 2017 but missed the sports version. While the G80 Sport was already introduced in Korea and Los Angeles. Well, the wait got over and Hyundai displayed the production version of the G80 Sport at North American International Auto Show.

The Genesis G80 Sport practically got introduced in 2018. She made her market debut in the US and now it is waiting to be launched in the other markets. The company expects a good response for this car as she is the mid-level entity of the whole series. Neither she is hefty nor lousy but she has her own catches.

Well, Hyundai has marketed the Genesis G80 Sport through various channels. The TV, net and the NFL Pro Bowl were some major mediums to throw out the G80 Sport. Besides the NFL, rest is all in place. And let’s see how far the G80 Sport can go with it.

The awards even play a pretty good role in promoting a car. The whole Genesis G80 series was nominated for the International Design Excellence Award. Besides, there is nothing yet the G80 Sport has earned yet.

Well, the Genesis is the luxury corner of the Hyundai. And the G80 Sport is the icing of sports on luxury concepts. Now get towards the pricing of the Genesis G80 Sport. You want it to be financed, then you can get the G80 Sport for as low as $619 per month. And that price is without any tax or fee.

While if you prefer to buy the Genesis G80 Sport in just one go, then you would have to pay around $42,730. That is much for a V6 sports car with some outdating style.

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3.3 L8 – speed automatic365 hp375 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
5.3s135 mphSedan17 city/ 24 highway


Hood of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport

The Genesis G80 Sport is a so-called sports variant of the G80 series. The drivetrain has been borrowed from the G90 and some sporty features have been added in to call it a sports edition.

The G80 Sport comes with the 3.3 L V6 gasoline twin-turbocharged engine. Well, the same engine is used in another model of the G80 but it has not been assembled for sports. Further, this is a 365 hp engine with 375 lb-ft of torque. Certainly, this does not qualify it as a sports car. And none of its skills suite that performance. But with the 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting gives a bit of relief to this car.

The transmission is just as old as Hyundai. But it purely understands the T-GDI tech. It works out some torque for the G80 Sport. But that is as good as making this car run to its finest max speed. Well, in our tests we tried a lot that G80 Sport should lap 0-62 mph in 5 seconds. But she was always 0.3 seconds shorter and took 5.3 seconds. Well, the top speed is not disappointing.  She made 135 mph in her track run.

The excuse could be the weight as well. The RWD G80 Sport is just like 50 lbs smarter than the elder V8 G80. But when you opt the AWD edition, you certainly jump 100 lbs more than the elder troll. And that is where the catch gets more hype. The Germans, Japanese, and the Americans are far better in this column. Even her cousin, the Kia has done a lot better with the Stinger. The same sized Kia makes 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and that is all because she is smarter than the G80.


2018 Genesis G80 Sport Exterior

The Genesis G80 Sport is as same as the rest of the G80 series. But the front and rear bumpers and the wheels are different. And on its basis, the Hyundai has called the G80 Sport as a Sports Car. Really? Just kidding!

Well, the design also includes the quad exhaust tip and the mesh grille. Though it looks similar to the standard grille. But in a way, there is some difference.

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Interior of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport

As like the exterior design, there are just slight changes in the interior. The leather seats are here, armrests are same and the spacing is even similar. But the ambiance, feel and comfort level are slightly different. They are not sporty or race harnessing, but they are a bit luxurious than the standard G80.

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Features of 2018 Genesis G80 Sport

The Genesis G80 Sport gets the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment as like the standard G80. While the 9.2-inch screen is optionally available. Well, the navigation is standard for both the systems. In addition to that Bluetooth streaming, telephony, radio, and music play with 7-speakers is standard. Well, the Lexicon 14 and 17-speakers audio system is available for this car. Along with that, the Quantum Logic Surround system is also available.

Well, that is too much. Yeah, we forgot the driver’s cluster display. The 4.2-inch TFT screen is standard for every G80. But the optional 7-inch screen is available. Further, the heads-up display is also optionally available.

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2018 Genesis G80 Sport Safety

The safety standards in the Genesis G80 Sport are pretty modern. The passive safety includes almost everything a sports sedan should have to keep the occupants safe. Further, the response time of the safety equipment is even satisfactory. Well, the active safety column the G80 Sport gets automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and the lane departure monitoring system. As far as the performance is concerned, these features are fine enough to assist the driving.

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Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger is the optimal competitor of the Genesis G80 Sport. Her specs are similar to the G80 Sport. But she is faster than the Genesis. And the design is as well sharper and beautiful. Well, Genesis G80 Sport has to dress up charmingly and needs to exercise some muscle to compete her cousin.

Taking Genesis G80 Sport as an ideal option is certainly hard. But for the Hyundai and the Genesis lovers, she is perfect. Ahead of that price is also an issue in the below average market response.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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