When Genesis' second-generation G80 was launched for the 2021 model year, the interior was enhanced and it gained more refinement. Yet the popular Sport model was missing on the midsize sedan.
The Sport model has been revived for 2022 and now every V-6-powered G80 will be either a Sport or a Sport Prestige. The changes include aggressive styling cues — unique diffuser, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, red or black brake calipers, and a three-spoke steering wheel — and some mechanical tweaks.
One notable change: available rear-wheel steering, a first on a Genesis, to optimize driving stability. The sport sedan's rear wheels can now turn up to 2 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels at low speeds and the same amount in phases at higher speed. Its turning circle has also been cut by nearly 2 feet, to 36.2 feet.
The entry-level G80 Sport is a mechanical clone of the 2021 G80 3.5T AWD, with the same four-piston monoblock front brake calipers, suspension tuning and all-season tires as its non-Sport predecessor. And the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine with 375 hp is still paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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