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2021 Genesis G80 features and powertrains broken down by trim level

Genesis has introduced the next-gen G80 sedan.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 G80 will be competitive for its segment - $47,700. The can been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year and will debut this summer.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 G80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how the Genesis models break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $47,700 for this sedan.

The base model GV80 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has an electric parking brake, multi-link front and rear suspension, integrated starter generator, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, and dual exhaust.

In its cabin, the five-seater features leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, dual-zone climate control, piano black gloss trim, leatherette upper interior panels and door panels, adjustable ambient lighting, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free trunk, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, illuminated vanity mirrors with dual sun visor extensions, rearview camera, three USB ports, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The long list of standard technology includes high beam assist, forward collision avoidance with assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, junction and lane change assist, evasive steering assist, smart cruise control, highway driving assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert and avoidance, safe exit assist, and front and rear park distance warning, auto defog, and rain-sensing wipers.

Each G80GV80 in this grade comes standard with a 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen, 12-speaker audio system, 8-inch driver information display, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM Radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Advanced

Genesis is charging $52,300 for this tier G80, which builds on the Standard model. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 18-inchers. There's also a premium 21-inch Lexicon auto system, a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, power and manual rear side shades, tri-zone climate control, and a power trunk.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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The Prestige model moves the G80 into true luxury car territory. It starts at $56,600 and features leather seating, a power door closing feature, wireless device charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, an Ergo Motion Driver's Seat, front passenger seat walk-in device, surround view monitor, blind spot monitoring, remote smart parking assist, parking rear collision-avoidance, a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Standard

This base model version of the G80 adds all-wheel drive and a few other features, coming in at $50,850. It has heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Genesis has priced the model starting at $55,450. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system, matte finish wood trim, power rear shade, manual rear side side shades, power trunk, tri-zone climate control, panoramic roof, and ventilated front seats.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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Upping to the Prestige trim level gets buyers all the benefits of the Advanced model plus leather seats, power door closures, wireless charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension. This model is priced at $59,150.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Standard

This version fo the Genesis G80 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, has an electronically controlled suspension with Road Preview, and Monobloc front brakes.

Owners also get a panoramic roof, power trunk, power door closure, digital key, matte wood trim, power rear and manual rear sunshades, leather seats, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, trim-zone climate control, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system.

The car is priced starting at $59,100.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Prestige

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Upgrading to the Prestige trim gets all the Standard grade content plus 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, Nappa leather seating surfaces, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger walk-in device, power bolster and cushion extension, Ergo Motion driver's seat, blind spot monitor, remote smart parking assist, parking collision-avoidance assist, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display, three-in-one 3D digital instrument cluster, forward attention warning, and surround view monitor.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Standard

The $62,250 model includes all above-referenced G80 3.5T RWD Standard content plus heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. It features all-wheel drive.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Prestige

The G80 Prestige goes for $67,650 making it the priciest model in the Genesis G80 lineup. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, leather seats, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, head up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, froward attention warning, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension.

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Alfa Romeo and the Italian police have a 70-year history, which includes this model, the Giulietta.

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In the fifth episode of "Storie Alda Romeo", the company reveals how, for over 70 years, police officers in Italy have used the company's cars to perform essential job functions. Starting in the 1950s, Alfas were used as call-out vehicles, patrol models in U.S. terms, and became known as the "volanti".

Cars used by the State Police were nicknamed "Panthers" and those of the Carabinieri (military police) earned the nickname "Gazelles". Both terms were flattering and served as metaphors for the vehicles' power and agility.

The first Panther

1900, Police

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Built in 1952, the first Panther was an Alfa Romeo 1900. The Gazelles began production a few years later.

The Alfa Romeo 1900 marked a lot of firsts for its maker. It was the first Alfa to have a self-supporting body and the first left-hand drive model. The car came with a four-cylinder engine, abandoning the six- and eight-cylinder power plants that had proved popular with buyers. The engine was powered by a single carburetor and delivered 80 horsepower (that was a good amount back then).

The 1900 was the first Alfa to be produced on an assembly line, which dropped the production time of one vehicle from 240 hours to 100. Many modern factories have been able to cut this time down to 48 to 72 hours.

It was agile and fast. The car was launched to the public with the slogan "The family car that wins races". It proved popular with buyers. Alfa sold more 1900s alone than the total number of Alfa Romeos it had sold up until the 1900 was produced.

Success in variety

Portello factory, 1900 production

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Alfa Romeo attributes much of the 1900's success to product cycle management that is replicated time and time again in the modern market by companies worldwide. Alfa introduced several high-performance variants of the 1900 including the 1900 TI, 1900 C Sprint and Super Sprint, and the 1900 Super, winning important international competitions within their category.

Continued coachbuilder collaboration

BAT  Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica

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Even as the 1900 grew in popularity with the average buyer, the Alfa Romeo continued working with coach builders to launch concept cars, like the Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica (BAT) on 1900 mechanics. The BAT was created by Bertone and designed by Franco Scaglione.

The Matta

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The same engine as the one used in the 1900 was also adopted by the Alfa Romeo 1900 M, which is better known as the "Matta". Alfa made two different versions of the Matta from 1951 to 1954, one for civilians and one for military personnel.

It was a 4x4 that achieved 64 horsepower from its four-cylinder engine, which was paired with a four-speed manual gearbox.

In a similar vein as the Willys-Overland MB cum CJ-2A, several variants were produced for the agriculture, firefighting, and road maintenance industries.

The first Gazelle

Giulietta ti, Police

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was the first Gazelle, which was designed as a patrol vehicle. It came equipped with a radio system so officers could stay in touch with headquarters. Even in most modern police vehicles, radios are a aftermarket accessory.

The Giulietta was shorter, narrower, and lighter than the 1900 and offered buyers a modern exterior that gave owners high levels of comfortability in the cabin. Its aluminum engine delivered 65 horsepower and the car had a maximum speed of 102.5 mph.

The car was a near instant success. It became known as "Italy's sweetheart" and sold over 177,000 units.

At the 1954 Turin Motorshow, a coupe version of the Giulietta debuted. Called the Giulietta Sprint, the model was designed by Bertone to be a low-lying, compact, agile car.

Enter: Giulia

Giulia, Police

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As popular as Giulietta was, the Giulia was even more so.

The reasons for its popularity started at the front and rear, where, instead of beg but for style, they were designed to be shock-absorbent. This combined with a rigid passenger compartment to give drivers the comfort of knowing that they were in a safe (for its time) car. Many of these innovations were not yet compulsory.

Under the car's hood was a 1.6-litre twin cam engine. It had one one of the lowest coefficients of drag of its time, only 0.34. Alfa Romeo's marketing department capitalized on this, promoting the car as being "designed by the wind".

Sales of the vehicle were beyond expetation. The company sold over 570,000 sales, more than triple those of Giulietta.

Famous police cars

Giulia, "Carabinieri"

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia Super was one of the most popular Alfas ever produced and one of the most famous Italian police cars ever produced. Other police cars from the Alfa lineup include the Alfasud, Alfa 75, and Alfetta Alfasud, Alfa 75156. Today, first responders drive the modern Giulia.

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