Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe Never Got a V8, But It Might Get Twin Turbos Instead

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe was a welcome sight for anyone interested in a front engined, rear-wheel drive coupe that wasn’t an American musclecar or a wildly expensive European import. Though generally well received, it was always in the background behind cars like the Mustang and Camaro, almost forgotten when the Toyota FR-S came in and did affordable RWD sportiness way better, and with less power. There were always looming rumors that the coupe would get a version of the V8 that the Genesis and Equus sedan packed, but lately, with manufacturers shying away from big blocks, a new rumor suggests it may get some twin-power action.

A post from the Korean Car Blog suggests that Hyundai’s new 3.3-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder GDi engine will find its way in the engine bay of the next generation Genesis Coupe. This engine generates 365 horsepower and 379 pound-feet of torque. Currently, the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 the coupe sports puts out 348 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque.

You’d be right in thinking that it doesn’t sound like a massive leap in power, but it is a significant boost in torque. Also, keep in mind that, as the blog post suggests, there’s lots of aftermarket upgrade potential, which is a crowd Hyundai is surely keen on appealing to.

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