• Nov 12, 2010
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During a recent powertrain briefing, Hyundai revealed some more details about its new 5.0-liter Tau V8 and 1.0-liter Kappa three-cylinder engines that will be used in a variety of global markets in the near future.

Slated for use in the Genesis sedan as well as the larger Equus, Hyundai's new V8 will use direct injection to produce 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That's a healthy increase of 59 horsepower and 8 ft-lbs of torque over the 4.6-liter V8 it's replacing, while also increasing fuel economy by one mile per gallon to 18/26 thanks to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has not mentioned any plans to offer the new Tau 5.0 in any other products, though we'd love to see it shoehorned under the hood of a Genesis Coupe. (Full disclosure: We really want to see a 5.0 battle between the Genesis Coupe and Mustang GT.)

On a much smaller level of displacement, Hyundai also detailed a new 1.0-liter Kappa inline three-cylinder engine that will be offered in other markets in the new i10 subcompact. Currently, this engine produces 69 horsepower and returns around 55 miles per gallon on the United States testing cycle. And while this 1.0-liter engine currently isn't slated for consumption here in the States, future versions of the Kappa engine could come to our shores. Hyundai says that we'll see a turbocharged, 110-hp version of the 1.0-liter three in 2012, and that a turbocharged 1.2-liter Kappa will be released shortly thereafter. The 1.2T is estimated to produce around 130 to 140 hp, making it more suitable for American-sized vehicles.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      awesome. now put in the Gen Coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another shi***y Merc/Lexus clone from the clowns in S. Korea.

      Time to stop buying their crap at least or until they remove the 8% tariff on US cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, but the Mercedes clone was the LS460 (according to none other than former Mercedes head of design, Bruno Sacco).

        And I'm sure you spew the same stuff about Europe and Australia which put a 10% tariff on US auto imports.
        • 4 Years Ago
        u mad???
      • 4 Years Ago
      As far as I know, the V8s won't fit in the coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your knowledge must not reach very far, then.

        The Coupe has the same front dimensions as its Sedan variant. The Coupe is based on the same platform the Sedan is on. So it's plug-n-play with a tiny bit of modifications.

        By the way, just because the displacement is more, doesn't necessarily mean the size of the engine is larger. This could very well be a bored out version of the previous 4.6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dimensions are not a problem: an upright inline 4 is taller, a 60 degree V6 with a large axial offset is about the same length. and the width isn't an issue with regards to the chassis. It is the steering column shaft.

        plus the weight distribution isn't good on the Genesis coupe, due to its long wheelbase. So they wouldn't want to make it worse.

        bring on the 350hp direct injected V6 + 8 speed automatic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it hard to believe? If they did not start doing something they were going to end up like Mitsubishi and Suzuki: Irrelevant. Hyundai may be better, but so is GM and Chrysler is on the way. Why everyone praises Hyundai for finally not building absolute crap but bashes GM and Chrysler for far superior products than the ones they replaced is beyond me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, you really delusional. Name a new car company that makes good car right out the box? From Toyota to Honda and so on, were all $hitty cars when they started out. What excuse are you going to make-up for them surpassing the Big Three in quality? Just stop with the fanboyisms and realize Hyundai success is not a fluke.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Listen, I don't think anybody wants the big 3 to fail, but it took almost failing for them to start getting their act together(Chrysler was more less sucked dry) At any rate they had about a 70 year jump on Hyundai, so there was nobresson for them not to be making the best cars. Hyundai on the other hand has been a growing from the start. Their 100k maintenance program allowed them to gain new customer and their ever improving quality allowed them to keep those customer. Now that they momentum, they are not content to rest on their laurels. They improve their products, not in response to the competition , but because their striving to make good cars. There's not one car company who doesn't envy Hyundai's success and corporate culture tonnage quick changes. That's why the get the praise they do, it's not a pat on the back for not $hitting on the carpet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though I am a diehard domestic car fan Hyundai has been extremely impressive lately and if it wasn’t for the badly set up suspension and the existence of the 300C, I would be looking at a Genesis for my next car. This engine is great as well, however, when weight gets past 3500 lbs torque becomes far more important than peak HP, so I do wish those power outputs were reversed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dave, just out of curiosity....

        Have you driven the two back to back? I have, the Genesis in V6 guise is better than the Hemi 300C.

        Better package by a long shot...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, gee, wow. Gollee gee -- straight from new china.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Umm....I think the torque increase is more than 8 lb./ft. The 4.6 currently produces 333 lb./ft. on premium. 376 would be an increase of 43 lb./ft.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still looks like a copy of a former Infiniti to me (which is a good thing). Just wish they'd upgrade the low-rent looking grille

      Seeing some killer deals on the used car lots for 2009s. tempting
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uhh, that's b/c both the Genesis and Infiniti utilize a BMW-esque greenhouse w/ the Hofmeister C-pillar.

        But then again, the same can be said for the Accord, Legacy, Passat, G8, S80, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Then should figure out quick style how to shoe horn that thing in the gen coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai has been full of win lately.

      Though I question the styling of the Accent and Sonata...
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about the new Elantra?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is just a handsome sedan.

      A 430 hp V8 under the hood is going to be quite a handful.

      If only there were a sport sedan version... even if it didn't have a manual gearbox... a dual-clutch would be fine.

      8 gears are absolutely un-necessary for an engine with such a flexible operating RPM range. It isn't a 2 cylinder 2-stroke with 500 rpm power band at 7000rpm, that has to be kept in that segment to get anywhere.

      A torque converter just wastes power as heat, and wastes time during slow hydraulic shifts... and with 8 gears... lots of shifts.

      A nice 6 ratio + reverse dual-clutch gearbox would be nice, in a Hyundai Genesis, with slightly lowered suspension, monochrome and black-trimmed Genesis sedan.

      Then, build that as a sleek coupe. The next gen Genesis coupe is supposedly going a bit up-market to meet the sedan... and hopefully will get a bit better looking, a bit better equipped, and have a 5.0 Tau under the hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am so sick of that luddite crap.
        Here is how you get 6 ratios, lock out 8th & 1st. 1st gear is going to all wheelspin anyway, 8th is for steady state highway cruising. (and just see if you can get the 7 to 2 downshift)

        Why don't you pick on the Porsche Panamera because it has a 10:1 ratio spread via 7 speeds. 'oh my god, you don't such a wide ratio spread...'

        Watch the video indeed. Hyundai has made it wheel a sequential shift involves releasing one transmission element, and closing another. So with close gears, the shifts are probably at, or below, the human threshold of perception (see ZF's little video about their 8 speed) and the converter locks up (and the transmission may shift with the converter locked.(probably only in a 'sports plus' or 'supersports' mode)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see why everyone is asking for this engine in the coupe.

      Do we really need v8 power in a coupe of that size? The v6 already puts out over 300+
      HP, and I'm sure it can be improved upon if that isn't enough.

      As for the Genesis, I really love both the sedan and the coupe.
      Go Hyundai!
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