While the GV60 is the first Genesis electric vehicle built from the ground up, it isn’t actually the brand’s first EV. That title belongs to the Genesis eG80, also known as the Electrified G80.
Genesis unveiled the vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show back in mid-April and recently handed it over to reviewers in South Korea. This particular review comes courtesy of YouTuber CarSceneKorea and shows him testing the car both on the highway and some more flowing and enjoyable roads.
Powering the Electrified G80 are a pair of electric motors, one at each axle, combining to produce 365 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. Genesis says the car can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.
Interestingly, the electric G80 is only down 10 hp from the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged petrol V6 model but has 125 lb-ft of additional torque. As such, the reviewer says it feels much quicker than the flagship ICE model. He also praises the car’s handling and thinks it is better to drive than the ICE model, thanks in part to the lower center of gravity.
There are some downsides to the Genesis Electrified G80. For example, it sacrifices a lot of trunk space because there is now a large electric motor at the rear. The presence of the battery pack under the floor also means the seats are positioned slightly higher than the standard car, so the driving position isn’t quite as good.