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Notice the air quotes surrounding the word "sport". That's because TheDrive believes the Genesis G80 Sport to be is less sport sedan than "sport" sedan. Even though the G80 Sport is sharper than its standard trim and the G90, it still feels more like a touring vehicle than something you'd shred the Nürburgring in and there's nothing wrong with that.

Designed with performance in mind, the G80 Sport is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine developing 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Combined with rear or all-wheel-drive and Continuous Damping Control suspension, the G80 Sport will flow over bumps like maple syrup on pancakes. In fact, it's so comfortable the test driver felt "fresh as a spring daisy on Prozac" after taking two separate nine-hour drives.

There's also the other features aside from its attractive looks thanks to subtle interior and exterior copper accents. New owners will be treated to a soft leather upholstered interior, 17-speaker stereo system and intuitive controls.

The G80 Sport may not be ideal for attacking canyon trails, but it'll gracefully make those curves and quickly up hundreds of miles in a cross-country road trip. It may not be the sportiest sedan out there, but "if slapping a vastly-overused descriptor to the end of the car's name is what it took to bring it to market, then let the G80 Sport use that word."
 

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Its a good way to position the G80 because I really don't believe Genesis is at a point that they can make an S-Class equivalent, so that being the case a fun to drive sporty sedan is the next best option. Now they need to wow us with an N-Performance version.
 

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Never really thought of the Genesis brand as a producer of sport vehicles that can go toe to toe with rival son the track, but that's not what people are looking for with their models anyways. It's all about the sport like drive with luxury features rolled up in a complete package.
 

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Never really thought of the Genesis brand as a producer of sport vehicles that can go toe to toe with rival son the track, but that's not what people are looking for with their models anyways. It's all about the sport like drive with luxury features rolled up in a complete package.
Now that they want to part from Hyundai we could be seeing that come to light much sooner now. Just one thing that will suck and always stand true is they will always be on the entry-level side to Mercedes, never even close, but they might perform just as good.
 

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It's something they'll have to build over time. The Genesis brand is a newborn compared to Mercedes which has decades of automotive history. Maybe Genesis can capture some of that market with a performance Halo.
 

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They will, already there are plans in place to go hard with the N Performance brand and of all models to get the N Performance treatment it should be the G80. If BMW, Lexus and Mercedes can succeed in those segments then Hyundai has a fighting chance.
 
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