We speculated on this last year, but Left Lane News now says it’s official: Hyundai will show a Genesis sedan with an upgraded 5.0 liter V8 at the Chicago Auto Show. The new engine is said to be good for 429 horsepower, up from 378 horsepower in the outgoing 4.6 liter Tau V8. At a time when most automakers seem preoccupied only with fuel economy, Hyundai Motors America president John Krafcik had this to say about the new engine: “We like to have our cake and eat it too. We want to lead the industry in fuel economy. At the same time, we’re launching 429 horsepower V8 engine cars that get amazing fuel economy.”
The “amazing” fuel economy has yet to be clarified, but speculation is the new engine will be mated to an eight speed automatic transmission. The outgoing 4.6 liter V8 was rated at 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway in the Genesis, so I’d expect equal or better numbers from the new motor. What’s more interesting is the other models that will likely get this new engine: the Equus is almost certainly a candidate, and a fifty one horsepower increase should boost the appeal of Hyundai’s luxury flagship against others in the segment. There’s speculation that the 5.0 liter V8 will also get dropped into the Genesis Coupe, something I’d love to see. Make an R-Spec version with a six speed manual transmission, price it below $35,000 and I’d seriously shop the car against a Mustang GT.
Source: Left Lane News