Genesis Caught Testing New Tesla Model S Fighter

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Here's your first look at the electric Genesis eG80.

Earlier this year, the new 2021 Genesis G80 debuted with a stunning new design that stands out against its luxury sedan rivals from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. In the US, the 2021 Genesis G80 is offered with either a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 304 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque or a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with at 380 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque.

As part of its plan to electrify every current model by 2024, Genesis is also planning to expand the G80 with a fully electric variant that will rival the Tesla Model S, next-generation Jaguar XJ, and Mercedes EQS.

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For the first time, a prototype electric Genesis, has been caught being put through its paces by our spy photographers. Spied at the Nurburgring, the camouflaged prototype looks nearly identical to the regular combustion-powered Genesis G80, but there are a few clues that indicate this G80 is running on electric power.

The distinctive crest grille is closed off, and the lack of exhaust pipes are a clear sign that this Genesis G80 doesn't have a combustion engine. Further distinguishing the electric Genesis G80, which will allegedly be called the eG80, are redesigned front and rear bumpers. Other than that, the electric sedan is still instantly recognizable as a G80, with styling cues such as the quad headlights carrying over to the electric model.

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When it goes on sale, the Genesis eG80 will rival the Tesla Model S and upcoming new electric sedans such as the next-generation Jaguar XJ and Mercedes EQS. Genesis hasn't announced any technical specifications for its new Tesla Model S rival yet, but a recent report claims the eG80 will last 310 miles on a single charge. It will also reportedly be equipped with advanced Level 3 autonomous technology that will enable the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel.

It's unclear when the Genesis eG80 will go on sale, but it will certainly command a higher price than the combustion model. Whereas the Genesis G80 starts at $47,700, the eG80 will reportedly cost over 100 million won in Korea - that's around $81,500.

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