At the very least, the new G80 Sport will help Genesis start establishing itself as a luxury brand on par with Infiniti or Volvo. James Riswick from Autoblog had a chance to test drive the vehicle that managed to outsell all its rivals aside from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series most of the time.
Though some may be under the impression that those who purchase a G80 did so because it made sense, there's more to the Sport trim than just specs and a nice price tag. If you take a closer look at the G80 Sport, you'll find copper details scattered around the exterior. That stuff used in pennies and kettles can be found in the Sport's headlights, wheel caps and dash clock. There's even matching copper colored leather stitching.
Combined with an aggressive front facia featuring three separate air intakes, gloss black mesh insert and you have a very handsome G80. Even the rear looks good with a set of quad tailpipes and gloss black rear diffuser.
Looks aside, the Sport can deliver 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque thanks to a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps the vehicle accelerate effortlessly, devouring each mile while occupants enjoy a plush ride.
Though the G80 Sport does come with a multi-link rear suspension and continuously adaptive dampers, James does think it could use a more rigid structure because large bumps can unsettle the vehicle and make it shimmy a bit.
All things considered, the 2018 G80 Sport does put Genesis on the right track to take its place on the luxury pedestal.