Hyundai Working On Turbo V-6: Report


2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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When it comes to building sports cars, Hyundai is at a crossroads. One path is powered by it’s 5.0-liter V-8, which the company uses in its Genesis R-Spec sedan and has shown (in RM500 concept form) under the hood of a Genesis Coupe.

The alternate path is powered by the company’s 3.8-liter V-6, force-fed via supercharging (as shown on the Hyundai Hurricane SC concept) or via turbocharging. In fact, Hyundai has built a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 for testing and evaluation, but that’s no indication that the engine will see production.

Which path will it ultimately go down? As Hyundai CEO John Krafcik told AutoGuide, “We’re looking for feedback from you folks,” meaning both the motoring press and the general public. If more people show interest in the 5.0-liter V-8 Genesis Coupe, then it’s reasonable to expect further development.

On the other hand, if there’s more appeal to the turbo V-6, expect to see such an engine in future Hyundai sports cars. A turbocharged 3.3-liter V-6 is the engine of choice for sister company Kia’s GT Concept, which is rumored to be heading towards production in the next few years.

The turbo V-6 makes a lot more sense to us. It can be lighter than the V-8, which improves a car’s balance and performance, not to mention fuel economy. On that front, a turbo V-6 is less thirsty under normal driving conditions than a V-8, which pays dividends to Hyundai on the CAFE front.

If we were odds makers, we’d call it 2:1 in favor of a forced-induction V-6. What’s your take?
 
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