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?