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First Look: Redesigned Genesis G80 unveiled in virtual debut showing sophisticated design

The new Genesis G80 showcases fresh personality and some questionable-looking 20-inch wheels.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

It looks like the Genesis G80 is finally getting some swagger. The Korean automaker showed off images online of the forthcoming redesign of the midsize sedan this week showcasing its "athletic elegance" design features and fresh styling.

The 2021 Genesis G80 will be fresh from the ground up. Like the G90, this is a complete redesign of the model despite its short initial, first-generation run. It shares many of the design features of the Genesis G90, the company's flagship sedan that underwent a similar overhaul for this new model year.

2021 Genesis G80At the rear, the Genesis logo hides the car's trunk release.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

"The Genesis design DNA begins from the logo itself," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President, Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. "The crest of the logo becomes the Crest Grille and the two lines of the wings become the Quadlamps. In other words, the design starts with the brand, and design is the brand."

At the front of the model is the aforementioned Crest Grille with two lines of Quadlamps running from the front to side of the vehicle. This style look debuted on the GV80, the new Genesis two-row SUV.

It rides on a rear-wheel drive platform and has a fastback-like roofline. The side panels have a long, sweeping line from front to rear that was designed to evoke the elegance of classic cars. To counterbalance the horizontal movement, vertical chrome was placed on the vehicle while 20-inch wheels ground the model.

2021 Genesis G80The light signature flows around the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Quadlamps make a second appearance at the rear. The trunk release button and surrounding chrome mimics the shape of the Genesis logo.

"Inside, the Beauty of White Space' theme represents our journey to achieve the perfect balance between personal space and state-of-the-art technology." said Sang Yup Lee. "We question the status quo. Technology should not dominate and only present itself when necessary. This is the new luxury experience our Genesis customers expect in today's high-end user experience."

The dashboard is home to a 14.5-inch infotainment screen. There are skinny vents stretching the width of the cabin.

2021 Genesis G80The 14.5-inch infotainment screen rests in the dashboard in a Mazda-like fashion.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis designers took care to reduce the thickness of the car's A-pillars to allow for more greenhouse and a panoramic-like view out the front.

The new design is accompanied by fresh powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems. We'll know more later in the month when the model officially debuts.

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The Genesis GV60 is on sale now

The GV60 is on sale in the U.S. now.

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Today, Genesis announced that its newest vehicle, the electric GV60, is on sale in the United States. The vehicle brings a load of new tech and innovations, and features the brand's distinctive, attractive styling.

The GV60 will be offered in two configurations in the United States. The GV60 Advanced AWD starts at $58,890 and features a facial unlocking system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GV60 Performance AWD starts at $67,890 and brings more power, leather upholstery, a massaging driver's seat, and more.

2023 Genesis GV60Buyers get three years of free charging. Genesis

The Advanced model comes with a 74-kW front and 160-kW rear electric motor for a total of 314 horsepower. A 77.4-kWh battery provides juice for the operation, and returns a range of 248 miles. The Performance AWD model features a 160-kW front and 160-kW rear motor for a combined 429 horsepower, with up to 483 ponies available with a temporary boost mode.

Genesis partnered with Electrify America to provide GV60 owners with three years of free 30-minute charging sessions. Owners can charge anywhere in the United States, and can locate charging stations using their vehicle's navigation system. The GV60 is also the first Genesis to feature Connected Care, which includes several connected services such as enhanced roadside assistance, an SOS emergency notification feature, vehicle health reports, and more.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDriveThe last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDriveOnly 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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