If you remember, Hyundai Group’s luxury marque Genesis showcased the GV80 Coupe concept a few months ago. Well, the production model along with the facelifted GV80 has been revealed for the Korean market.
Will come back to the Coupe model in just a minute or two, but let’s quickly talk about the regular GV80. Speaking of which, the styling revisions can be found mainly on the front fascia where the new bumper design is in line with that of the GV80 Coupe. The Crest grille appears to be slightly smaller in height (barely noticeable) and it has a different pattern called Double Mesh G-Matrix.
The front-three-quarter angle reminds me of the Bentayga, but maybe that’s just me. The rear fascia looks pretty much identical to the outgoing model except for some subtle changes in the bumper—in the form of Crest grille-inspired V-shaped chrome appliques. And of course, there are new 20- and 22-inch wheel designs. A new Storr Green paint joins the color palette; it’s available either in matt or gloss finish.
Inside, the dashboard now houses a 27-inch-wide OLED display that integrates the cluster and the touchscreen. Other noticeable changes include a new steering wheel, touch-based HVAC controls, and redesigned crystal-like Shift-By-Wire. The crash pads and center console feature leather, aluminum, and real wood. For interior color theme, Genesis offers 5 options including 3 new additions: Earth Brown, Bordeaux Brown, and Glacier White.
As for powertrain options, in Korea, the GV80 offers a 224 kW (304 metric hp) 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic and AWD system and a 279 kW (380 metric hp) 3.5L V6 turbo petrol engine—also coupled with an 8-speed automatic and AWD system. It is unclear if the 201 kW (273 metric hp) 3.0L straight-six turbo diesel has been discontinued since the official website no longer lists that option.
As for the GV80 Coupe, well, it retains most of the styling elements from the concept, including that split roof spoiler and a ducktail spoiler on the tailgate. The glass roof doesn’t extend all the way back like in the concept—for obvious reasons, and the taillights are not connected like in the concept—most likely to maintain consistency. Those 22-inch wheels look stunning too. But anyway, the Coupe looks significantly sporty compared with the regular model, and I guess will appeal more to the younger buyers. Buyers can choose from a palette of 13 exterior colors including the exclusive Bering Blue—which looks more like a pale gray.
Inside, the GV80 Coupe adopts a dark theme with real carbon fibre appliques. For seats, buyers can choose from punched grain leather or quilted Nappa leather. However, besides the Obsidian Black monotone and Ultramarine Blue monotone, there’s also the Smoky Green/Vanilla Beige monotone option. The second-row seats are ventilated and can recline, slide and tilt. Both models come with 14.6-inch second-row passenger entertainment screens and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Other convenience features include Digital Key, Fingerprint Authentication System, UVC disinfection trays, heated armrests, touch-based door handle sensors, and a fragrance system.
Besides the aforementioned 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo and 3.5L V6 turbo petrol options, the GV80 Coupe also offers a 3.5L V6 turbo petrol with a 48-volt electric supercharger (e-S/C). The e-S/C is mainly to advance the maximum torque and improve acceleration response at low and medium speeds. The output figures in this case are 305 kW (415 metric hp) at 5,800 rpm and 549 Nm (405 lb-ft) between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm.
And, Genesis is not afraid to share that the GV80 Coupe has something called ‘Sport Active Sound Design’ that “elevates the excitement and pleasure of your drives with sports-specific sounds pumping through the audio system”.