Hyundai Accidentally Reveals 2 V6 Engines for Genesis Sedan?
Until now, Hyundai had told us about two engines in the upcoming Genesis sedan: a 375 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and a 3.8-liter V6 with 290 horses. But data mining on the EPA website tells us that the 2009 Hyundai Genesis will also feature the same 3.3-liter V6 that's in the Sonata. The 3.3-liter V6 is/was schedded for the Genesis overseas; until now there was no news that Hyundai was planning to offer it to us North Americans. In the 2009 Sonata, this engine makes 249hp– which sounds like a more than suitable number for an entry-level Genesis powerplant, considering that cars like the BMW 3-Series start with 230 ponies. Uh-oh. Hyundai's depending on the value equation for the Genesis to sell. When the new model clocks-in with 249 horses in base trim, and Infiniti's G35 offers 300+, they risk losing the stat-sheet buyers. Now I can hear the clicking already "But the Genesis doesn't compete with the G35." Yes, but– all cars that overlap in price can and do compete with one another. One last note on the smaller V6. The EPA ratings for the 3.3 are 19/27; the bigger 3.8-liter V6 is rated at 18/27.