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Genesis' new premium luxury sedan offering delivers the latest safety and connectivity technologies all wrapped up in an appealing package but the G80's hefty weight may be holding it back in the performance department.

Pricing for the 3.8-liter G80 starts at $42,350 and can go up to $53,800 depending on what optional packages are added. Even stock, the G80 is very well equipped with various features like a standard review camera, 12-way power seat, leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen navigation system and more. If that's not enough, potential buyers can pay an additional $4750 for the Premium package and $4200 for the Ultimate package.

Paired with the luxurious interior is a 311 horsepower 3.8-liter engine that can crank out a peak torque of 293 lb-ft at 5000 rpm. The engine will happily rev to 6500 rpm and unlike other sedans of its class, the G80 will be happy with regular gas instead of premium.

This all sounds great, but according to Car And Driver, the G80 is near the bottom of the pack when it comes to acceleration times. Other sedans in the segment can go from 0 to 60 mph in around the low 5 second range but the G80 needs 6.6 seconds.

What's holding the G80 back?

The difference in acceleration could be associated with the sedan's hefty 4503-pound curb weight which makes it a few hundred pounds heavier than its competitors including the Cadillac CTS 2.0T and the Jaguar XF 3.0. Part of that weight comes from the G80's steel body, but with how popular aluminum body parts are becoming maybe we'll see a faster and lighter G80 in the future.
 

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While off the line power may not be that good the trade off is, pricing. It's what they have always dominated in and what's the biggest pull to owning one of these over what else someone can get, which doesn't offer nearly as much value for the dollar.

Plus if a lot of these are in the city, then off the line power isn't all that important.
 

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People concern themselves with power off the line when majority of the time nobody really uses it. It's heavy, fine. 0-60 is a bit longer than the competition, fine. Pricing though ? A lot more people can afford to own this, opposed to the competitors. It takes regular gasoline which translates to even more savings on top of the competition. The CTS will need premium because of that turbo so straight off the bat, put your needs and wants on the balance beam.
 

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I'm sure Genesis will come out with performance later on but the G80 is more of a luxury comfort vehicle to get you from point a to b. A small different in specs between the G80 and its competitors isn't really that big of a deal for the average driver.
 

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G80 is a yacht but still some space for performance, it's all on how they deliver it and Mercedes is a good example of how it could be done.
 
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