Genesis G80 performance - 1

Hyundai’s sub-brand Genesis is set to carve a performance division for itself with the advent of a high-performance variant of the G80 sedan, seen here testing.

Previously spotted testing in heavier camouflage, a twin-turbocharged, 3.3 litre V6 petrol engine is expected to produce around 400 hp in this form, while not quite up there with the hottest BMW Ms and Mercedes-AMGs, is closer to the ballpark in which the likes of the Audi S6 and S7 roam.

A new mesh grille is the face of this high-performance variant of the G80, which in this case is adopted from the larger G90 sedan. If the G80 looks familiar, it is the Hyundai Genesis with different badging. It is positioned in the premium market with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5 Series.

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Visually, the high-performance G80 appears to draw inspiration from BMW’s M Sport look, with a three-scoop front bumper that bears some resemblance to the Munich marque’s item, while the rear bumper adopts a similarly muscular, Germanic look, with quad oval exhaust tips to signify this performance variant.

On the local front, the Hyundai Genesis that was launched last year takes its spot in the market in sole 3.8 litre V6 guise. At its launch, it wasn’t just the car that was on offer; along with a purchase of the luxury sedan came a two-year, free Leader Card membership which offered select concierge-style services.

This included four free chauffeur service passes for travel between major airports and the Klang Valley, four free visits to the Plaza Premium Lounge at selected major airports in Malaysia, plus other privileges including personalised hotel bookings, travel arrangements and showroom VIP lounge access.

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