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Hyundai Gives The Genesis More Power

Posted in Auto Show, Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai by Kurt Ernst | February 8th, 2011 | 6 Responses |
2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

The 2011 Genesis V8. Image Hyundai Motor America

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

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6 Responses

  1. That’s a whole lot of power for a Hyundai. I used to scoff at Hyundai “luxury” but there is a black Genesis parked in my office (I pass by it every day) and it actually looks pretty nice. I wouldn’t buy it, but it looks nicer in person than it does online. I’ve yet to see an Equus in real life.

    • Leigh says:

      The Genesis is quite classy, but the Equus is a bit too chromed out for my tastes. I saw one in person and was momentarily blinded by the grille.

      • Kurt Ernst says:

        Leigh, my only complaint with the Equus was horsepower. It wasn’t really underpowered, but ‘adequate’ power in a flagship car just doesn’t cut it. The 429 horsepower V8 will go a long way towards fixing that.

  2. BigRuss says:

    i wonder if a turbo charged V6 will make it into the Genesis… that might solve some issues… but 429 is a big step up from 378…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      I’m not aware of any turbo V6’s under development at Hyundai, but you never know…

      • BigRuss says:

        they should have a Turbo V6… i mean think about it… the standard model comes with an alright V6… the Genesis Coupe comes with an awesome lil turbo 4…. soooo can we please have a turbo 6? ford has twin turbo 6’s….