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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Comments (8)
  1. Rather have the V6!

  2. 5.0L V8 I could care less about some mpg in my Sports car and if they create a great balance with the V8 it will attest to the engineering skills of Hyundai. Foreign companies are so afraid of 8cyls in their sports cars(Honda,Nissan,Mazda) it's would be nice to see one of them step out.Anyone can slap a turbo on a V6 and claim victory. But true engineering skills are shown when you can take something that is not favorable and make it the best in class.

  3. Dude Im sorry to disagree with you. not just any one can "slap a turbo on a v6 and claim victory"... it takes just as much R&D to develop a proper turbo v6 as would a v8. And I think every one is being fuel cautious even sports car buyer because no one wants to pay gas guzzlers tax. I personally would admire a sports car that could give me 400+ hp and give me 40mpg.... I think that would be an incredible engineering achievement...

  4. I agree w/Quinn. Zero interest here in anything made in Japan/Korea until they step their affordable sports car programs. The GTR IS NOT affordable.

  5. everyone has heard the tired old "no substitute for cubic inches" but there is it's called technology, why make power via extra cubes just to use it up hauling the extra weight. give me next years technology any time.....
    hyundai have come a long way in avery short time, now is not the time to build a dinosaur just to make a point

  6. I own a v/8 Genesis sedan and I get 19-25 mpg in combined driving and a v/6 gets 1 mpg more, I could live with one mile to the gallon less so drop the v/8 in the coupe. besides it sounds better than a v/6

  7. True.

  8. I'd like to see a twin turbo version of the GDI 3.8 with AWD (and a dual clutch 8 speed transmission). I would happily pay 60k for a Hyundai that can keep up with a GT-R (or at least come close)...

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