All V6s are Sport models, and all Sport models look great.
Genesis as a brand always seems slightly ahead of the curve, and one of its most surprising products was the first-generation G80 Sport sedan. It used a 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 making 365 hp, looked gorgeous and handled better than expected. Genesis is bringing that trim back for 2022, and now we have pricing for the whole lineup.
The base rear-drive model (2.5T RWD) starts at $48,000 even, that's a $300 price bump over the 2021 model year. Similarly, the Advanced and Prestige trim get the same bump, going up to $52,600 and $56,900. All-wheel drive adds $3,150 to each of those trims. The returning G80 Sport, looking as slick as ever, only offers AWD and the 375-hp, 391-lb-ft twin-turbo V6, for a price starting at $63,450. The Sport Prestige trim ups the ante to $69,750 with all-season tires and $70,250 with summer tires. Those prices all exclude a $1,045 destination charge.
The G80 sedan started its second generation last year so the changes for 2022 are minimal. This year all V6s are considered the Sport model, which gets a sportier suspension setup with modified springs and different damping for the shocks. It also gets a new Sport+ driving mode and rear-wheel steering, which turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the steering at speeds of up to 37 mph.
We won't bore you with the massive list of standard features, but the base 2.5T (300-hp, 311 lb-ft) comes with the full safety suite including Highway Driving Assist II, power heated front seats, the 14.5-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch LCD cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a ton of other stuff you can find on its consumer site.
The Advanced Package adds 19-inch wheels, premium audio, matte finish wood, ventilated front seats, a power trunk, three-zone climate and a panoramic roof. The Prestige adds full leather, power door closers, wireless charging, it's upgraded Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround-view monitors, Smart Park, and a few other bits.
The Sport models come standard with most of the Advanced trim stuff, and with the Prestige Package, gets 20-inch wheels, nappa leather, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, head-up display and carbon fiber trim in addition to the Prestige options above.
These Genesises (Genesii?) have always been about 90% of a Mercedes for about 75% of the price, and we think that holds true here. And we know the Hyundai group isn't above tuning its sedans on the sporty side. The G80 isn't an E-Class, we'll grant you, but it doesn't top out at $107,500 either. It comes out this fall and will be joined by its electric cousin, the aptly named Electrified G80.