Hyundai introduces new 5.0-liter V8 engine for Equus and Genesis sedans

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Hyundai is getting to be a serious contender in recent years, with better built vehicles year after year. Now Hyundai is turning the heat up a notch with the introduction of its new 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine for its future cars.

Hyundai is not known for great engines, but the new 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine will change all that, and it will be a great contender to other cars in its segment. The new V8 will use direct injection to produce about 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. That’s about 59 horsepower and 8 ft-lb of torque over the outgoing 4.6-liter V8 engine. And power is shifted through a new eight-speed automatic engine. Even with the added horsepower, the new 5.0-liter engine is estimated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg hwy, which is substantial efficient for an engine of its size.

So far, Hyundai has not announced the use of its new 5.0-liter V8 engine other than the Hyundai Genesis sedan and Equus, which will become available by March of 2011 to compete with cars like the BMW 750i and Mercedes-Benz S600. Who knows, Hyundai might get gallant and put it in the Genesis Coupe as well. That would be a real treat to see how the Genesis Coupe goes head to head with other sports car in its segment such as the Mustang 5.0 and the 370Z.