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Hyundai's new 5.0-liter V8 to produce 429 horsepower [Plus 55mpg 3 cylinder]
Auto Blog ^ | November 12, 2010 | Steven J. Ewing

Posted on 11/13/2010 11:23:33 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

During a recent powertrain briefing, Hyundai revealed some more details about its new 5.0-liter Tau V8 and 1.0-liter Kappa three-cylinder engines that will be used in a variety of global markets in the near future.

Slated for use in the Genesis sedan as well as the larger Equus, Hyundai's new V8 will use direct injection to produce 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That's a healthy increase of 59 horsepower and 8 ft-lbs of torque over the 4.6-liter V8 it's replacing, while also increasing fuel economy by one mile per gallon to 18/26 thanks to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has not mentioned any plans to offer the new Tau 5.0 in any other products, though we'd love to see it shoehorned under the hood of a Genesis Coupe. (Full disclosure: We really want to see a 5.0 battle between the Genesis Coupe and Mustang GT.)

On a much smaller level of displacement, Hyundai also detailed a new 1.0-liter Kappa inline three-cylinder engine that will be offered in other markets in the new i10 subcompact. Currently, this engine produces 69 horsepower and returns around 55 miles per gallon on the United States testing cycle. And while this 1.0-liter engine currently isn't slated for consumption here in the States, future versions of the Kappa engine could come to our shores. Hyundai says that we'll see a turbocharged, 110-hp version of the 1.0-liter three in 2012, and that a turbocharged 1.2-liter Kappa will be released shortly thereafter. The 1.2T is estimated to produce around 130 to 140 hp, making it more suitable for American-sized vehicles.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: automobiles; cars; energy; hyundai
Who could've predicted this when Hyundai first came here? When I was stationed in Korea (1978-79 & 1981-82) I rode in many Hyundai Pony taxicabs, which were primitive, boxy, rough but sturdy little four-doors, with a choke on the dash, driven mostly by madmen who thought the horn was the brake.
1 posted on 11/13/2010 11:23:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’ve come a long, long way.


2 posted on 11/13/2010 11:26:53 PM PST by scott7278 ( "...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hyundai has really gotten their act together in the last decade I’ve had my Elantra for 7 years, and I’ll probably hang on to it for another four or five at least. It came loaded with everything, and it runs as smoothly today as when I first bought it.

As for taxis in Korea...I feel ya. As the old saying goes: “There are no atheists in foxholes...or on any highway within 50 miles of Seoul.”


3 posted on 11/13/2010 11:32:34 PM PST by DemforBush (If I ever get back my blue jeans...Lord, how happy could one man be?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nothing remarkable here. Cadillac has V8 already with similiar numbers. And a 3 cylinder? Not unusual you can get 55mpg. It’s basically a motocycle. Move along.


4 posted on 11/13/2010 11:36:50 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: scott7278
They’ve come a long, long way.

But still come up short against Honda. I took a close look at both. Fit and finish on the Honda is much, much better. Dash and console parts move on the Hyundai when you push on them. You can pound on the the dash and console in the Honda and all they do is make a thud sound. Solid.

5 posted on 11/13/2010 11:38:48 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

429 horsepower sounds like a lot out of a 5.0L mill, but 376 torqs means that they’re spinning that V8 into high revs to make the HP figures.

These are pretty good figures... for a Hyundai. I will give them that.

Toyota has their 5.7L V8 at 552 factory horsepower and 500+ torques, full drivetrain warranty. That mill has a rotating assembly that will support 1000+ horsepower with stock parts. There’s Tundra 4x4s out there right now that will boil all four tires down the dragstrip.

And Ford and Chevy? Good God. Their most powerful engines with the most power potential in their company histories are being made right now.


6 posted on 11/13/2010 11:41:03 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (l)
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To: truthguy

I don’t think well-equipped Cadillacs with a powerful V-8 start at $43,000.


7 posted on 11/13/2010 11:42:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: DemforBush

I had a co-worker back in 2001 that had an RUF (Porsche) and lived in Seoul.

We both were stationed at Yongsan, but our worksite was at a ROK base down in the southern suburbs of Seoul.

And after getting off of work one Sunday morning (worked the mid-shift), he offered be a ride.

Needless to say, we got back to Yongsan in about 5-7 minutes. Never thought I’d ever be able to say that it’s possible to drive at 140 miles an hour in the middle of Seoul. But it is, at least, at 0600 on Sunday morning.


8 posted on 11/13/2010 11:43:28 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla

Was stationed at Camp Red Cloud, which was then I Corps (ROK/US) Group headquarters. I drove Lieutenant General M. Collier Ross to the Blue House and Yongsan from time-to-time when his regular guy had the day off. You’d be surprised how fast you can go in a souped-up Ford LTD with 3 star plates. Who’d pull you over?


9 posted on 11/13/2010 11:49:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: truthguy

Cadillac has an engine with far more guts than just ‘similar’ numbers to that Hyundai. Those CTXs can really peel out.


10 posted on 11/13/2010 11:50:57 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (l)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Chevy Sprint

Circa 25 years ago.

11 posted on 11/13/2010 11:52:04 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

Wasn’t that the Geo Metro?


12 posted on 11/13/2010 11:54:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: The KG9 Kid

A Cadillac CTS-V with a V-8 starts at $64,290, according to their website. You cannot get a V-8 in a regular CTS.
http://www.cadillac.com/pages/mds/pricing/affordability.do?zipCode=50315&regionCode=70&countyCode=19049


13 posted on 11/13/2010 11:55:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, it is a Cadillac. Can’t have any old riff raff driving around in one.


14 posted on 11/13/2010 11:57:41 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (l)
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To: DemforBush

Hyundai has really gotten their act together in the last decade I’ve had my Elantra for 7 years, and I’ll probably hang on to it for another four or five at least. It came loaded with everything, and it runs as smoothly today as when I first bought it.

As for taxis in Korea...I feel ya. As the old saying goes: “There are no atheists in foxholes...or on any highway within 50 miles of Seoul.”
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Had a 94 Excel. put 130,000 miles on it. Went to the shop once for clutch problems. Luckily I can do the minor things. Have a 2004 Santa Fe that my family is very happy with. Hyundai puts out a good product.


15 posted on 11/14/2010 12:09:59 AM PST by o-n-money
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Almost. The Geo Metro was a later iteration of the Sprint, a rebadged Suzuki Cultus/Swift.

Now about Hyundai, yeah their early cars were pretty bad. The Excel was one of the worst pieces of junk you could buy. Had the distinction of being the last car sold in the US with a carbureted engine. They also sold a rebadged version as the Mitsubishi Precis. Hyundai has definitely come a long way since then.

But let’s not badmouth South Korea’s car-making skills. Their cousins up north couldn’t build any cars at all.


16 posted on 11/14/2010 12:26:54 AM PST by Strk321
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chevy Sprint came before the GEO Metro but it makes no difference. They were all made by the same Jap company.


17 posted on 11/14/2010 12:30:39 AM PST by BBell
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To: The KG9 Kid

Love the Ford Taurus and with 376 Horsepower and all the electronic goodies.

But I have never owned anything but a Ford and always will.


18 posted on 11/14/2010 12:46:56 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looking into. Bump.


19 posted on 11/14/2010 12:53:45 AM PST by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Hyundai’s new V8 sounds like a replacement for the Ford 4.6 V8, which powers the Crown Vic, Grand Marque, Lincoln Town car, and I’m sure some Ford trucks.
I love my Grand Marque, and previous Crown Vics!


20 posted on 11/14/2010 1:19:39 AM PST by J Edgar
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To: DemforBush

I have a Santa Fe and a 2006 Tiburon both are great cars. The Tiburon is especially fun to drive, handles quite well and has some zip to it. Of course my wife picked out yellow for the color and I hated it, but it’s grown on me and is actually pretty cool looking now that I’ve gotten used to it. Gets lots of looks too I notice.


21 posted on 11/14/2010 1:21:04 AM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (Why Johnny Ringo, you look like someone just walked over your grave!)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Well, it is a Cadillac.

You pay a lot for the name.

22 posted on 11/14/2010 1:23:58 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: DemforBush

I drive Chevy. Wifey drives Hyundai.She is on her fifth since 1987. They have been good rides, tough, dependable and cheap.Each one delivered well over 100 thousand miles before we gave each one away to our kids, who drove them another 3 or 4 years. Nothing needed but regular oil changes, brake jobs, and strut change outs,and tires, along with an annual under the car oil spray each fall.The engines are tough.


23 posted on 11/14/2010 1:52:14 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Hyundai can make the Kappa 1.2-liter I-3 turbo run reasonably smoothly, that engine could make it to the next-generation Hyundai Accent that will be unveiled next spring at the New York Auto Show--essentially using the same design characteristics as the Ford Ecoboost technology.
24 posted on 11/14/2010 1:59:00 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Candor7

That’s a good testimony for Hyundai.


25 posted on 11/14/2010 2:02:35 AM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Tau V8 will only be in the Genesis sedan, and not the sports coupe?


26 posted on 11/14/2010 2:19:19 AM PST by counterpunch ("Some election nights are more fun than others" - Baraq Hussein 0bama)
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To: counterpunch

It is m understanding that the 306 HP V6 engine will be getting direct injection which is supposed to increase the output to somewhere around 350 and then it is rumored that they will offer a turbo or supercharger option. This engine is supposed to be designed to max out at 425 HP.


27 posted on 11/14/2010 3:09:05 AM PST by Wooly
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As they say in the automotive circles, Hyundais look like they have already been in an accident. The Koreans are taking a page from the Japanese. Buy German and American Cars. Tear them apart and find out how they work. Then reverse-engineer and then add different body styling. This saves on R&D. But at least the Japanese hire Americans and Italians to do the body design. The Koreans don't have to do the engineering. They are also subsided by Korean Government. The Koreans do not allow in imports without huge tariffs. Trust me I write from Korea at this very moment and I KNOW how they operate. Then they undercut the market with lower cost structure as they pay VERY low wages. I wouldn't drive a Korean Car if you gave it to me.
28 posted on 11/14/2010 3:21:10 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My first car was a 1987 Hyundai Excel. It broke down often, but it was easy to repair. I went to the junk yard and there was between seven and ten of them there between the years 1986 and 1991, and I could always get any part I needed replaced there. I learned most of what I know about basic car repair on it.


29 posted on 11/14/2010 4:42:38 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My 68 Cadillac produces 390 hp. Unfortunately, it requires gasoline that the US seems unable to produce these days - for some strange reason.


30 posted on 11/14/2010 5:51:22 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Notice to my dear readers. The US sells about 6,000 cars in South Korea because they limit imports. South Korea sells about 200,000+ cars in the US because of “free trade”. Is this a great country, or what? Also note that the US has an unemployment problem. Experts seem to have difficulty figuring out why. I bet you have an answer.


31 posted on 11/14/2010 5:55:42 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hyundai has also invested in American jobs as well: they operate a plant in Alabama where the Santa Fe and Sonata are built by American labor.

I wouldn't have bought my '06 Sonata if it hadn't been manufactured here.

If South Korea would reciprocally open their markets to American cars, of course, the free trade situation would be more equitable...

32 posted on 11/14/2010 7:12:13 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
The US sells about 6,000 cars in South Korea because they limit imports

Yeah, and President Bush negotiated a trade agreement with Seoul in 2007 that would have eliminated those limits. The Democrats still won't let it pass.

Oddly Enough!

33 posted on 11/14/2010 9:25:50 AM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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