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Hyundai Confirms New Twin Turbo V6 For Genesis Sedan; Promises To Match V8 Horsepower Rating

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On: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 8:58AM | By: Carl Malek

Hyundai Confirms New Twin Turbo V6 For Genesis Sedan; Promises To Match V8 Horsepower Rating

Following the recent industry trend of downsizing its engine offerings, Hyundai has revealed that its range-topping Genesis sedan will ditch the familiar 5.0-liter Tau V8 in lieu of an all-new twin turbocharged V6 that promises better fuel economy and performance for luxury buyers turned off by the V8's poor fuel economy figures.

This move follows the broader trend among many automakers of V8s being axed in favor of thriftier and more fuel efficient V6 and four-cylinder offerings. Key details about the new engine remain veiled under a cloak of secrecy, but it is rumored that the new V6 will either meet or exceed the Tau V8's 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque which should please enthusiasts who may be concerned about the potential discrepancy in performance between the Tau and the new engine.

It is unknown if this engine transplant will also bring all-wheel drive into the equation, though it could be a possibility since it is currently available only on the naturally aspirated version of the V6. Since this new twin turbocharged version would most likely use that V6's basic construction in its design, it could be compatible with the all-wheel drive system, especially if tweaks are made to allow it to better cope with the beefier performance that the twin turbochargers would deliver.

Hyundai North America CEO Dave Zuchowski hinted that this trend of downsizing would also be seen in Hyundai's other models with smaller engines being seen as an ideal solution to meeting government fuel efficiency targets while lighter curb weights would enhance this newfound push for MPG. Zuchowski briefly mentioned a small slice of this future stating, "You’re going to see smaller displacement, more use of turbocharging."

As for the Genesis, look for the big four door to receive the new powerplant in either 2017 or 2018, with more information regarding the engine to be released at a future auto show sometime within that time period.



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