Earlier in the summer, it was rumored that Hyundai would be offering a 5.0 liter V8 engine for the Genesis Coupe sports car. This new engine would deliver an impressive 429 HP at 6500 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm with an 11.5:1 compression ratio (estimated). The overall buzz in the industry illustrated the excitement over the historic use of a V8 engine, but Hyundai may have another trick up its sleeve: a turbocharged V6 engine.
It’s definitely not a secret that automakers have been leaning towards forced induction options such as turbocharging and supercharging to achieve high power while reducing fuel consumption. Hyundai is no different in that aspect. During a recent interview at Hyundai Motor America’s technical center in Ann Arbor, MI, Powertrain Boss John Juriga confirmed that the rumored turbocharged V6 really did exist and that is currently under testing: "The 3.8 is a contender for turbocharging for some high-output applications." But the fact that such an engine exists does not guarantee that it will be put into production. The final decision will only be made based on customers’ feedback.
The two Genesis Coupe concepts seen at the 2011 SEMA Show - the V6 powered Hurricane SC and the V8 powered Genesis RM500 - were specially created to generate feedback for which method of power delivery would be preferred by the masses. The decision is inevitably ours to make; do we marvel over the tried and true power and feel of a massive V8 engine or do we take that same amount of power and pay less at the pump? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!