With Lexus, Infiniti and the German automakers in its site, Genesis has launched the G80 Sport. It’s clear that the Korean luxury automaker has put the focus on performance driving with the newest addition to the lineup. More powerful than the standard G80 midsized sedan, the G80 Sport (from $55,250) gets 365 hp from an all-new 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 and boasts a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes, and snappier shifts from its 8-speed automatic transmission (manually shiftable with paddles on the steering wheel).

“We wanted to do something sporty with a mix of tradition as well,” says Luc Donckerwolke, Chief designer for Genesis. He also points out copper accents in the headlight assembly and on the center wheel caps. “Copper is hardly used anywhere [in car design]. I like the contrast of the warmth with technical materials.”

Watch for the G80 Sport to hit showrooms in the coming weeks. It is also rumored that Genesis will have a new SUV that will hit the market in 2019.

Genesis G80