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Hyundai 1.6-liter GDI engine – Click above to watch the videos after the break

We already saw the new Hyundai Verna – known as the Accent in some other parts of the world, including here in the United States – debuted at the Beijing Motor Show, but the Korean automaker had other important new tidbits to show off as well. Specifically, a direct injected version of its Lambda V6 engine, a new direct-injected 1.6-liter four and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While all three developments are notable for various reasons, we're naturally rather drawn to the new DI V6 engine, which was shown in a longitudinal arrangement. That means we can likely expect to see this updated six in rear-wheel-drive platforms first, such as the Genesis Sedan and Coupe and the new Equus luxury cruiser. It's not a stretch to imagine this mill mated up with the eight-speed auto, either. Power for the DI V6 comes out to only 296 horses, but that's likely an underrated configuration, as it's less than what the Genesis Coupe makes now.

As for the 1.6-liter directed-injected four, you can count on that powerplant showing up in the next-gen Accent and possibly the Elantra as well. Power comes in at 138 ponies, which compares rather well with the 110 horsepower of the current non-direct-injected 1.6-liter four. Hyundai also says the 1.6 is a likely candidate for turbocharging, so that's something else to look forward to.

Click on past the break for a trio of videos showing off the new technology, if only for the stellar voiceover that we think we've heard somewhere before.

[Source: Hyundai via Inside Line]

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      Dang. Hyundai/KIA is on a roll.
      Also, out of curiosity, what is the displacement of the V6?
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      L4 still using flat tappet cams rather than roller cams. There's more power to be had.
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      Yes, the voice over is truly horrendous. However, one must keep something in mind. Koreans like to present things to foreigners that they think they would like / are familiar with. So the voice over is what Koreans THINK people with good American accents sound like. That is what Koreans think are good American idioms, grammar and "buzz words."

      So... Hyundai executives are asking, "Let's impress the English speaking world with our great English knowledge."

      Scary, huh?
        • 5 Years Ago

        I certainly agree with the first part of your comments (Koreans like to Present to people what they think they would like). But your second comment (let's impress the English speaking world with our great English knowledge) may miss the mark. Keep in mind that these videos were produced for the Beijing auto show and perhaps were even produced IN China. So I think, at least in this particular case, Hyundai is trying to impess the Chinese… I wonder if the voice actor may even be Chinese.

        Finally, does anyone know if there is a Hyundai of China (like there is a Hyundai of America)? If so, that may explain a lot, too. In other words, it may have been Chinese execs that signed off on those videos.

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      The voice over in the 1st video is hilariously bad!
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        Jeez... you're right.

        What the hell is a "lumbda" engine? I enunciate my speech, but this guy seems to have some sort of a... condition.
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      Maybe the V6 is a version of the 3.3 Lambda so it makes sense that the power is nearly 300hp.
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        I think it is the 3.5. (which is just a longer stroke version of the 3.3)
        That is too big a jump of torque just from direct injection. (and improved resonance intake manifold)
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        or it could be their 3.5L.
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        The Lambda1 series engine don't have a variable displacement pump.
        If the chart was clearer, then we could determine the torque of the new engine.

        All the 3.5's have had their peak torque at 5,000 rpm.
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        Hello! There's clearly a chart in the video showing the MPI version is rated 262PS. There's no version of the 3.5L rated that low. 262PS is the rating for the 3.3L V6 in the base Genesis/Rohens sedan.
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      Wow.....nice job Hyundai! Honda.....how does it feel to be leap frogged by Hyundai. Where is your V8, DI engines, 8 speed transmission, RWD cars and design group??????

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        or camshaft phasers,
        or hydraulic lash clearance adjusters.
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        Honda bashing aside, the question is what Mercedes and Lexus are going to do now that Hyundai has 8-speed transmissions.
        Will everyone just go DCT or is this going to end up with all the cars having bicycle-like gear numbers...
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        Mercedes just might go for a 9 speed automatic.
        Aisin-Warner will probably offer a version of the 8 speed automatic with a wet clutch replacing the torque converter.
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      ^3.3 Lambda making 300 horses is a bit optimistic even if it is DI.

      Maybe instead of using DI to produce higher hp output, they will be putting these new engines into the refreshed genesis models with the same power specs but higher fuel economy.

      Of course, I'd be very happy for hyundai if it truly is a typo of some kind and the new 3.8 V6 will put out horsepower number near what the 370Z makes...or more? :D
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        If you look at the torque graph at 1:30, the torque of the current longitudinal 3.3 V6 is about right, 32 meters kilograms 231.5ft-lbs
        So the new engine looks to be 36-37.5, 260-270ft-lbs
        That is too much from just 3.3 liters.

        Toyota's 3.5 (with 94mm bore) is only 277ft-lbs
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      Looking forward to seeing how you can get the 7 - 2 downshift.
      Would that be about a 6x change in engine speed?
      1,000 rpm to 6,000, sounds like fun.
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      This is 3.3 liter V6.. I'm guessing the 3.8 GDI will make closer to 400 horsepower.. The 3.8 GDI will be in the next generation Genesis Coupe that will compete with the Mustang GT and Camaro SS. The base engine will likely be the new 2.0T GDI with around 280 horsepower.
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      Wow. The 1.6 DI Accent should be pretty hot, especially if it doesn't gain 300lb or whatevas.

      As for the V6... it will make the v8 obsolete in their cars.. and that's awesome.
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        Lol yeah, definetely.
        It would get similar fuel economy ratings and be *much* faster, probably pulling a low 8 second 0-60. With the better handling it would be a sweet ride. Unfortunately these kinds of cars are the stuff of dreams these days :( .... remember the 200sx, Integra, MX3, etc? I miss those cars.. now everything is a heavy 4 door with all show and no go.

        A CR-Z is still a hypermiler's paradise in comparison.. that's the only crowd i can think of that this car would be popular with. Oh and the fast * furious crowd
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        I was think along the lines of the Fiesta has some major competition in this Accent with this bad boy 1.6L. The other thing I was thinking is maybe Honda should have just bought this motor for the CRZ lol think about how much better it would have been!
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