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Eric's Autos: 2021 Genesis GV80

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There is no low-range gearing.

The third row is only available with the top-of-the-line Advanced+ trim.

Under the Hood

Here's a funny thing about the GV80's standard and available engines. Both make about as much power as V-8 engines used to make.

The chief difference is how they make power. Instead of displacement (physical size), it is made via pressure, as by turbocharging. It uses the force of exhaust gasses to spin a wheel (two, if there are twin turbos) that compresses -- pressurizes -- the air entering the cylinders, so as to make the resultant explosion more powerful.

This is how you get a four-cylinder engine that's only 2.5 liters in size to make 300 horsepower and 311 foot-pounds of torque at just 1,650 rpm and a V-6 that's only 3.5 liters large to make 375 horsepower and 391 foot-pounds of torque at 1,300 rpm.


On the Road

There isn't much difference between the four and the six when it comes to how quickly the GV80 gets to 60 mph. With the base 2.5-liter engine and rear-wheel drive combo, it takes about 6.5 seconds; if you go with the V-6 -- which is heavier because it comes standard with all-wheel drive -- you'll get there about half a second sooner.

Both engines have one thing in common: Diesel-like low-end power. Even the four has 300-plus foot-pounds of torque on tap and the six has 391 foot-pounds.

What this means in practical terms is that the GV80's not-V-8s feel less hardworking than some V-8s, which need to rev to summon their gumption. The GV80 -- even with the four under its hood -- moves authoritatively with minimal throttle pressure.


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