After years of selling the Tiburon with its 172-hp top-of-the-line engine package Hyundai is starting to buy in that horsepower sells sports cars… or in their case what had been sport-y cars. So for their much discussed rear wheel drive concept car it is now being reported that a 300-hp version will be available. Ofcourse for those Hyundai purists who are put off by soÂ many horsesÂ a lesser powered engine will still be available.
To help their RWD concept car reach 300-hp Hyundai will be employingÂ a 3.6 liter V8 engine. While the smaller engine in the concept car is reportedly to be a 2.0 liter turbo-charged engine. There is no mention of a turbo being incorporated with the 3.6 liter V8 but it would seem (presumption here) likely, in-order for them to reach the 300-hp benchmark. And that 300-hp engine is critical for the Hyundai RWD concept if they are going to be any challenge to the Nissan 350Z… which is what they are aiming for.
How Hyundai handles all their newly found gusto will be interesting to see. The RWD concept has received much buzz and has built up some great expectations (little of that being Hyundai’s doing) thus giving it plenty of room to fall if the car does not perform to those expectations. Hyundai’s cars have gotten better with every new model and their 10 yr/100,000 mile warranty is tough to beat. We’ll see if their 300-hp sports coupe will be able to say the same when it is finally unveiled in 2008.