The 2022 Genesis G80 Sport has recently been unveiled for the South Korean market and before it launches in other markets, Asian Petrolhead on YouTube recently had the opportunity to put it to the test.
Shoppers in Korea can purchase the G80 Sport with the same array of engines as the standard model. That means it can be ordered with either a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder, a 2.5-liter turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, or a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged petrol V6. The example featured in this video was the flagship V6 with 375 hp and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm).
After heading out onto the highway, the reviewer slots the car into its Sport+ driving mode and is very impressed with how quickly and aggressively the transmission shifts through the gears. He says it has a similarly aggressive feeling to the dual-clutch of the facelifted i30 N. He is also impressed with how the car handles high-speed jaunts along the highway.
Another big update made to the G80 Sport is the inclusion of a firmer suspension and a rear-wheel steering system. This steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front ones at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h), helping to improve maneuverability, a feature that’s very welcome on a big luxury sedan like the G80. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels to improve stability.
Genesis has also made some styling tweaks to the car. These include a distinctive dark chrome grille and a revised front bumper with new air intakes, as well as unique 20-inch wheels.