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Genesis shines up G80 Sport with new colors, copper accents

Genesis offers a new variant of its G80 midsize sedan with a turbocharged engine, new exterior paints, copper accents and a special cross-hatch grille.

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Genesis, a new company launched by Hyundai as its luxury division, currently sells two cars, the G80 and G90. The G80 Sport is a variant of the former.

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While very similar to the base G80 sedan, the G80 Sport gets a separate engine, adaptive suspension and cosmetic touches to set it apart.

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The cross-hatch grille is unique to the G80 Sport in the Genesis lineup. Adaptive LED headlights come standard.

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Lower air intakes are also unique to the G80 Sport.

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The Genesis badge looks elegant at the front of the car.

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Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged direct injection 3.3-liter V6 engine good for 365 horsepower, and shared with the larger G90 sedan.

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The adaptive suspension firms up when the car is put in Sport mode.

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A midsize sedan, the G80 Sport comfortably carries five passengers.

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This color, called Siberian Ice, is one of three colors unique to the G80 Sport.

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Copper accents on wheel hubs, grille frame and in the headlight casings visually set the G80 Sport apart.

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As a sport sedan, the G80 Sport isn't quite as competent as a BMW M car or Mercedes-AMG.

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These 19-inch wheels come standard on the G80 Sport.

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The G80 Sport is available in rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive.

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Drive modes include Eco, Normal and Sport.

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Quad tailpipes look aggressive and deliver a nice sound under acceleration.

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