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Start talking about crate engines, and the conversation usually drifts toward big V-8s from the Detroit Three. Hyundai is trying to get in on the action, though. At the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Korean automaker launched two new crate engines: the 2.0-liter Theta four-cylinder, and the 3.8-liter Lambda V-6.
Both engines were pulled straight from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and will be available in crate form beginning in December. In a stock Genesis Coupe, the four-cylinder produces 274 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque; the V-6 produces 348 hp and 295 lb-ft.
The four-cylinder will be packaged with a turbocharger, intercooler, and intake air ducting for $6,000, or $4,500 without the turbo and associated hardware. Hyundai says the non-turbo version was designed specifically for tuners planning more aggressive modifications that would have made the stock turbo redundant. The naturally-aspirated, direct-injected 3.8-liter V-6 will sell for $9,000.
Both engines come with intake manifolds, ignition coils, injectors, and fuel delivery assemblies, making for a more complete package than the long-block engines already available from Hyundai's replacement parts inventory.
Hyundai wants its cars to be more appealing to the aftermarket, as evidenced by the numerous modified cars it's displaying at SEMA, including a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe. In a statement, Hyundai's U.S. chief John Krafcik said he hoped the crate engine program would make tuning the Genesis and other platforms more affordable--we wonder how long it will take someone to cram the V-6 into an Accent.
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