Behind the Wheel of the 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD

Instantly after the parents at Genesis dropped off the 2021 G80 in my driveway for a take a look at drive, I took it on a fast lap for some groceries. On the way in which out of the shop, a gentleman stopped me with a ‘Hey, that’s a pleasant automobile, man!’ As I popped the buying cart to the stall, he pointed to his Lexus ES and mentioned, ‘That’s mine. However that is actually candy.’

On the journey dwelling, the G80 turned just a few extra heads. A pair of yoga-pant-clad-stroller-pushing mothers in my suburban New Jersey city eyed the automobile as I approached, and with a look to the mirror I may nonetheless see their faces as I cruised down the street.

This occurred time and time once more throughout my week behind the wheel. I watched folks in oncoming vehicles, sidewalks, and parking heaps search for and down the G80 as I handed by, which was not the kind of consideration I anticipated to get driving a “Savile Silver” sedan.

It’s actually a shocking automobile on the outside: Curvaceous traces, a chrome fishnet grill, and bifurcated headlights make it eye-catching to make sure, although maybe a bit polarizing. The following morning, my neighbor who noticed me pulling into my driveway popped over to examine the automobile out. He mentioned he discovered the entrance finish slightly gaudy and too harking back to a Bentley, although confessed the earlier G80 was on his brief checklist earlier than he purchased his American muscle automobile.

Magnificence is, after all, within the eye of the beholder—and, personally I fairly admire that on this age of automotive homogeneity, the G80 appears like few different vehicles on the street at present.

Interior close-up of the 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD car
A detailed-up of the 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD’s inside. Courtesy Picture

Love or hate the look, the G80 is inarguably a enjoyable drive. Although in its soul this sedan is extra of a lux cruiser than sports activities automobile, the G80 3.5T packs sufficient energy to shuffle when the time comes. The three.5 liter twin-turbo-charged V6 is mated to an 8-speed computerized transmission and places out 375 HP and 391 ft.-lbs. of torque. That’s 10 extra hp than the earlier era, making it barely faster while you mash the pedal to the ground.

Discover a curvy street for some spirited driving, slap it in sport mode and use the paddle shifters to embrace your interior Lewis Hamilton. The G80 could possibly be a contact tighter, there’s some beneath steer and a little bit of roll, however for a automobile that weighs greater than 4,200, it’s nonetheless fairly good to play with via the twists and turns.

In additional subdued situations, like a mini-road journey right down to the shore on the Backyard State Parkway, the journey is comfortable sufficient to place three passengers to sleep, whereas a bevy of driving aides—heads-up show, adaptive cruise management, lane help, and blind spot monitoring—scale back any stress for the one behind the wheel.

Inside, Genesis has created an oasis. The 2021 mannequin provides an elegantly appointed inside with extra space than the earlier era and encompasses a vastly simplified driver interface. Within the Status package deal examined, the G80 will get a three-dimensional digital instrument cluster, which is just too intelligent by half and must be seen to be believed.

The 14.5-inch touchscreen serves because the command middle for the infotainment-navigation system, which comes normal with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s additionally a round controller on the middle console the driving force, or the passenger, can use to make navigation adjustments or music alternatives. After all, the driving force additionally will get a few of that performance via buttons on the wheel, although I used to be flummoxed for a bit because the controller counterintuitively requires a press right down to advance the observe; the other of different vehicles. Not essentially a criticism, however the large nav display screen’s integration gives the look it may retract into the sprint, nevertheless it doesn’t.

Although the G80 already has a pair beneath the seats, the 21-speaker Lexicon sound system has sufficient energy to show your chest cavity into an additional subwoofer, for while you’re actually kicking out the jams.

The automobile shares a platform with Genesis’s just lately launched mid-sized SUV, the GV80, and is the truth is almost two inches longer. So, the again seat boasts ample room for full-sized adults and the trunk is huge sufficient for a few units of golf golf equipment, plus baggage.

Value at examined, $68,000; genesis.com

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