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Hyundai shows off 460hp 4.6L supercharged Tau V8 at Chicago Auto Show

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The Equus large sedan just received a new dose of teasing ahead of its South Korean release later this month, and if it weren't for the 7-series rival's existence, the 4.6L supercharged Tau V8 on display in Chicago might not make much sense.

Such a beefy engine would definitely enliven the Genesis, maybe even enabling the company to take on the BMW M5, but it doesn't really make sense in light of impending fuel economy and emissions standards. In a big executive sedan, possibly available with a long wheelbase version, however, such an engine does make sense - as BMW has illustrated with its twin-turbo 4.4L V8 and Mercedes-Benz has shown with its 6.0L V12.

No plans exist to bring the Equus to the U.S. as yet, however, so such power-hungry ideations may simply be ruminatory.

Earlier talk of supercharged V8s slotting into the Genesis sedan had appeared to stall, but the fact that the engine has really been built and exists in the flesh, however, tilts the tables in favor of its eventually being put into some sort of production. A SEMA concept from last year, built by RKSport, illustrates just what could be possible.

For live photos of the engine as it sits in Chicago, head over to Jalopnik.
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Comments (4)
  1. if i wanted a four door saloon with a big v8 that looked like a mercedes id get a mercedes
     
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  2. What's your point?

    not everyone can afford a Mercedes
     
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  3. Hmmmm, maybe i should trade my BMW 750Li for a hyundi.
    Please, this article is ridiculas.
    A BMW 7 series competitor??HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    I mean, iv never herd someone in my life compare a HYUNDI to a BMW, and the BMW's flagship.
    Its an honest joke.
    Lets say for a secound, that the Hyundi looks better and is more luxuries,hahahahahahahaha but it can never have the technology of a 7. The safety and prestige. ITS A HYUNDI!
    And i know the price would be one hundreth and thats fine, its great but the two cars have nothing in common but they are both flagship and "fast." So please do not even attempt to compare the two cars.

    Next will be looking at a Lambo and laughing...
    "hey dick head, you should have bought a Supra"
     
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  4. Wow, you drive a BMW 750Li and are that grammatically challenged?
    That sucks.
     
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