Genesis presents G80 3.3T Sport trim at 2016 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2016

Genesis revealed that it will be presenting its latest addition to the G80 range, the G80 3.3T Sport trim, during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. To create this newest offering, the brand utilized the platform of the G80 and added in the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. This is not all as the brand also put in a number of sport performance upgrades aimed at enhancing both the agility and the driving dynamics. However to make sure that it does not look the same as the 3.3T Sport, Genesis placed various unique features and styling elements.

On the inside there are different sporty details present like the sports seats that can come in either gray leather or black leather and is paired with contrast stitching. Given that it has been largely reinforced, it appears as if it embraces the driver. The driver in particular can utilize the sport pedals and make use of the thick steering wheel that itself has a sport design. Rounding off the interior is the carbon fiber trim and the microfiber suede headliner in black. Compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is guaranteed and customers are offered the option to have wireless charging.

For the exterior, the G80 3.3T Sport reveals numerous improvements and as mentioned previously, it has certain style elements that allow it to be differentiated from the other trims and give it its very own personality. Specifically, these are the trademarked styling elements that are copper-colored. Other new features include the dark chrome grille which comes with a cross-hatch design. It also comes with sport rocker moldings. Meanwhile the design of the lower fascia on the front and the rear comes with a distinct design. This combination gives the G80 3.3T Sport that needed aggressive athletic look. Helping highlight the design of the exterior is the extra dark satin trim as well as the alloy 19-inch wheels.

Powering this latest offering from the brand is the twin-turbocharged direct-injection 3.3-liter V6 engine that delivers an output of 365 hp (272 kW) and peak torque of 376 lb.-ft. (277 Nm). This power is then transmitted to the wheels through the automatic 8-speed transmission, the same one in the 3.8 and the 5.0, with the exception that the one in the G80 3.3T Sport is specifically sport-tuned. Furthermore, by having improved brakes in the rear equipped with ventilated discs, it ensures that this offering is able to offer premium stopping power.

In addition to the G80 3.3T Sport, the brand revealed that it will continue to offer to buyers the choice to have the 3.8-liter V6 engine or the 5.0-liter V8 unit. These two models will make its official debut as well during the 2016 LA Auto Show and is expected to show some minor upgrades on the exterior but with a redesigned cabin. Customers can expect the 2018 G80 to arrive in the market during the early part of 2017.

Press Release


Genesis today introduced the all-new 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport trim, which will be on display at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The G80 3.3T Sport builds on the refined performance of the popular Genesis G80 and adds a powerful new 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine plus unique sport performance upgrades delivering improved driving dynamics and sport agility. In addition, distinctive styling elements and features visually differentiate the new 3.3T Sport from the rest of the enhanced Genesis G80 model line-up. The 2018 Genesis G80 is scheduled to arrive in the Spring of 2017.


Powered by a new 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine and sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire technology
Horsepower: 365 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 376 @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
Continuous Damping Control suspension for enhanced vehicle dynamics and superior ride quality
Distinctive sport designed exterior with dark chrome trim and Genesis signature copper-colored accents
Leather sport seats and steering wheel with copper contrast stitching
Genuine carbon fiber interior trim and aluminum sport pedals
Unique 19-inch dark alloy wheels
Two exclusive colors: Polar Ice & Sevilla Red
Well-equipped standard safety technology and convenience features* including:
9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system with DIS multi-media controller
Multi-view camera
Full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL)
Lexicon® Premium Sound System with 17 speakers includes QuantumLogic® Surround Sound and Clari-Fi® music restoration technology
Wireless device charging (Qi standard)
*New features available on 3.8 and standard on 5.0 models

“The G80 3.3T Sport reflects our continual commitment to provide drivers with compelling vehicles that meet their individual needs,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. “By extending the G80 model line-up beyond the 3.8 and 5.0-liter engines, the 3.3T Sport expands G80’s range of pure performance capability and competitiveness within the mid-luxury sedan segment.”

The G80 Sport is powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine boasting 365 horsepower, and is paired with a sport-tuned version of the same eight-speed automatic transmission equipped on both the 3.8 and 5.0 models. New shift-by-wire technology is standard on the Sport. In addition, the G80 3.3T Sport features an upgraded suspension system with continuous damping control to provide superior vehicle dynamics and ride compliance. An augmented rear brake set-up with ventilated rear discs brings the Sport to a halt to complete this confident and exhilarating driving performance package.

Exclusive sport exterior enhancements and Genesis signature copper-colored styling elements visually distinguish the 3.3T Sport from the other G80 trims and purvey its performance credentials. The G80 Sport features a bold, cross-hatch design dark chrome grille, sport rocker moldings and unique lower front and rear fascia designs for an aggressive sport appearance. Large 19-inch dark alloy wheels plus additional dark satin trim details accent the vehicle’s exterior design. The sport details continue inside the cabin where the driver is presented with sport pedals and a thick, sport-designed steering wheel. Generously bolstered sport seats with contrast stitching embrace the driver, and are offered in either black or gray leather. A rich, black microfiber suede headliner and genuine carbon fiber interior trim finish the cabin’s interior environment.

Two exclusive colors are available on the G80 3.3T Sport, Polar Ice and Sevilla Red, in addition to Casablanca White, Caspian Black and Himalayan Gray.

All 2018 Genesis G80s benefit from the latest in multimedia and connectivity technology, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ support plus available wireless device charging. Both the G80 3.8 and 5.0 also receive an exterior freshening that features a redesigned front bumper with a refreshed grille and new rear undercover. A new, standard 18-inch alloy wheel design on the 3.8 adds a modern update to the vehicle’s sleek side profile appearance. On the inside, well-designed interior enhancements and high-grade materials including genuine aluminum and new matte-wood finishes refresh the G80’s luxurious interior cabin.

2018 GENESIS G80 HIGHLIGHTS (3.8 and 5.0):

Updated 8-speed automatic transmission with available shift-by-wire technology (standard on 5.0 model)
Refreshed exterior design: headlights, lower front grille, front and rear fascia
New, standard 18-inch wheel design
Interior enhancements including new instrument cluster, shift knob, rearview mirror, analog clock and premium speaker design
New available genuine matte wood finishes: Paldao and Sapale wood
Modern aluminum trim pattern
Standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ plus additional front USB charge port
Added Pedestrian Detection and Driver Attention Alert as standard safety technology
Superior in-cabin noise levels and comfort with improved NVH enhancements
For 2018, all Genesis G80 trims, including the 5.0-liter, will be available with the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive to manage various driving conditions and meet consumer demands. While buyers have the choice of powertrains on their G80, safety is not an option when it comes to Genesis’ commitment to driver and passenger protection. As the first rear-wheel drive mid-luxury sedan to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2016, the 2018 Genesis G80 continues to augment its unsurpassed safety standards with the addition of Pedestrian Detection to the Automatic Emergency Braking system and standard Driver Attention Alert. Available LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light and a multi-view camera in addition to the class-leading standard suite of safety features makes the 2018 G80’s safety offering one of the most comprehensive in the segment.

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