2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

We Hear The Genesis G80 Sport Will Debut At LA: Should BMW Freak Out?

That depends on what BMW you're talking about. Spoiler alert: The M5 is good.

An anonymous source at Genesis has confirmed to CarBuzz that a new model, the G80 Sport, is headed to the automaker’s US lineup and will make its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The G80 Sport is technically a trim, but when you only sell two vehicles a sporty new trim might as well be a new model entirely. If you follow the South Korean automotive industry you’ll remember that the G80 Sport made its debut this past summer at the Busan Motor Show.

Under the hood was a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, the same as in the range-topping G90, making 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sent power to either the rear wheels or all four wheels. In terms of looks, the G80 Sport is certainly sportier. The front end has been almost completely redesigned, although strangely enough it appears as if the design team left the back end alone entirely. There isn’t much info out about the G80 Sport, so we did some digging on Hyundai’s South Korean site (with the help of Google Translate) to learn more. The G80 Sport appears to come equipped with an electronically controlled sports suspension and “active engine sound,” which may mean an active exhaust.

Notable interior features include sports seats covered in Nappa leather, a heads-up display and a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system. Remember, this is the South Korean G80 Sport we’re describing. We don’t know what the American version will look like or feature, but we don’t expect Hyundai to stray too far from its initial offering. If its engine is indeed the G90’s 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 then the G80 Sport won’t be a true M5 competitor, but it could be a nice budget buy. In South Korea it's sold for around $58,000, a price which would place it right next to the most expensive G80 (the V8) sold stateside. We’ll know more about the G80 Sport, including what powers it and hopefully it’s price, in a few short weeks when the 2016 LA Auto Show kicks off.

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