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What looks like an all-electric Genesis G80 was just spied in Germany

By on August 23, 2020 0 168 Views

We just gotta know, what’s hiding behind that grille?

Hawk-eyed car-spotters across the pond have caught a glimpse of what is very likely the first electric vehicle to emerge from Hyundai’s fledgling Genesis brand.

When the young company launched its new G80 sedan, it ushered in a unique design language for the Korean luxury upstart with a face that easily allows it to stand out in the me-too luxury arena.

That same attribute is responsible for photogs easily identifying a Genesis test car, spied looping the Nürburgring in Germany.

Details are scant, but any human blessed with the gift of sight can appreciate that precisely no air can pass through the massive solid grille fronting Genesis’ testing mule. This could indicate the presence of an all-electric powertrain, one which doesn’t require airflow to the same degree as that of a gasoline engine. Other clues pointing to this car’s all-electric nature are the distinct lack of tail pipes; and what could maybe definitely sort of be a charging port on the vehicle’s front fender.

We reported on the subject of Genesis’ EV ambitions this time last year when it was rumoured the brand would target Tesla with an all-electric sedan and SUV. With this most recent news, it seems the four-door is deep into the development process. It would make an interesting foil to the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan, though it surely would reside in a completely different price bracket.

The 2021 G80 sedan showed off its new clothes earlier this year, looking like nothing else on the market. Whether one thinks this is a good or bad thing depends on personal taste but the majority of our office like the bold new design. An expressive bodyline ties the two-bar head- and taillights together quite well, while the churlish lip on its trunk lid provides a solid dose of visual drama.

That car offers a choice of two engines: a turbocharged inline-four making 300 horsepower; or a turbo V6 that belts out 375 ponies. While we mourn the loss of its V8 mill, we’ll console ourselves with the fact any all-electric G80 is likely to be fleet-of-foot and provide a massive amount of right now torque.

Matthew Guy

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