2013 SEMA Show: Hyundai announces new crate engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 8, 2013

Hyundai will soon offer crate versions of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and its 3.8-liter V-6, competing with the likes of Ford, Chrysler, and GM. The Korean automaker made the announcement from Las Vegas at the 2013 SEMA Show, apparently with the intention of attracting aftermarket tuners to its standalone engine offerings.

These engines are comparable to the powertrain range of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe since the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder delivers 274hp and the 3.8-liter V-6 offers 348hp in this application. The 3.8-liter, direct injection V-6 will have a price tag of $9000 while the 2.0T four-cylinder will be available in two configurations -- a $4500 turbo-ready version and a $6000 version that has the stock turbocharger setup.

According to Hyundai, these costs are much lower than an equivalent replacement engine. For the sake of comparison, Ford is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost crate engine, which is a counterpart to the Hyundai 2.0T, which is priced at $8000. These two engines from Hyundai have intake manifolds, ignition coils, injectors, and fuel delivery assemblies.

In addition, the four-cylinder with turbo has an intercooler and intake air ducting to go with the turbocharger. Hyundai said that the used enthusiast vehicle market sees the Genesis Coupe as an emergent force.

The automaker also said that because of this crate engine program, it’s less expensive to modify the Genesis Coupe or for these engines to be used in other platforms. Hyundai’s dealerships will offer these crate engines, which will qualify for Hyundai’s 12-month/12,000 mile replacement parts warranty. Hyundai will start to offer these engines in December 2013. [source: Hyundai]

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