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Power, Technology & Performance: 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport Sedan

The all-new 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport sedan delivers the ideal combination of dynamic refinement, performance and distinctly evocative sport styling that enhances the refined road manners and luxurious experience at speed. As the epitome of the Genesis’ design identity called “athletic elegance,” the 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport sedan asserts its presence with striking exterior styling that prominently features a dark chrome front grille with a unique cross-hatch design and delicately balanced copper accents throughout the vehicle. Its distinctive hexagonal front grille is juxtaposed by unique headlamps with full LED headlights housed within a copper-colored encasement.

Rounding out the 3.3T Sport’s sophisticated-yet-athletic front face is a unique sport-design front fascia that integrates a honeycomb lower front air dam and functional side air intakes that channel air around the wheels for improved aerodynamics. To further enhance the vehicle’s expressive side profile, a sleek lower rocker panel has been added, along with dark satin trim for the lower section of the doors, surrounding the windows and set within the door handles. These tastefully executed exterior accents are complimented by unique black side mirrors with a smoke-colored turn signal indicator housing that boldly differentiates the G80 3.3T Sport’s appearance. The sport enhancements continue at the rear of the vehicle with smoke-colored taillights that emit a deep red hue and a sport-design rear fascia with an integrated chrome quad exhaust and a glossy black lower diffuser.

Power is generated by a vigorous new Lambda II 3.3L direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Torque is delivered to the wheels via an advanced 2nd-generation eight-speed automatic transmission with driver-invoked SHIFTRONIC® manual gear selection via paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is an available option.

The G80 3.3T Sport’s rigid structure is composed of nearly 52 percent of Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) offering superior dynamic handling performance, world-class NVH levels and exceptional collision performance. In addition, to reduce unwanted NVH from penetrating into the cabin, a double-block engine partition structure with a specially-designed insulator has been added to the firewall/engine compartment, along with a diamond-shaped strut brace system and aluminum shock absorber housings to help increase the platform’s structural rigidity and enhance dynamic handling performance.

Making the most of the rigid chassis is a rear multi-link suspension with optimized five-link geometry and increased suspension travel for a broad range of both dynamic performance and ride comfort. Lateral suspension stiffness and overall ride comfort refinement were top priorities in its dynamic development. The fully-independent, five-link front and rear suspension design increases suspension travel for greater wheel articulation and bump absorption over a variety of road surfaces, while the addition of continuous damping control provides superior vehicle dynamics and ride compliance.

Inside the passenger cabin is a sumptuously appointed interior complete with a sport-inspired design aesthetic, uncomplicated and intuitive controls, superb ergonomics, spacious cabin accommodations, driving enthusiast-centric features and trim. Other enhanced interior design features include a thick sport-design steering wheel with contrast stitching; authentic carbon fiber trim for the front of the dashboard as well as the side door; a stylish black suede headliner; sport pedals and an elegant copper Genesis clock affixed on the center of the front console waterfall.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 118.5; overall length: 196.5; width: 74.4; height: 58.3
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 3.3L twin turbo V6 – 365 hp at 6000 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 1300-4500 rpm.
Transmission: eight-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 17 city/25 hwy. (RWD); 17 city/24 hwy. (AWD)
Cargo capacity: 15.3 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front/rear seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability management system, electronic stability control, traction control system, rearview camera, multi-view camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, smart cruise control with stop/start, front/rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, high beam assist, full automatic LED headlights with dynamic bending light, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, automatic rain-sensing wipers, hand-free smart trunk with auto open, Genesis connected services, HomeLink universal transceiver, navigation system, heads-up display, proximity key with push button engine start, and tire pressure monitoring system with individual tire pressure indicator.

Basic: 5-year/60,000 mile
Powertrain: 10-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 7-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 3-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport sedan starts from $55,250 for the RWD model and $57,750 for the AWD model. Destination charges add $975.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

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