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2011 Hyundai Equus, Genesis To Get 429-HP 5.0-Liter Tau V-8


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2011 Hyundai Equus, Genesis To Get 429-HP 5.0-Liter Tau V-8

By Nelson Ireson


June 22nd, 2010

Hyundai confirmed its flagship Equus sedan for the U.S. last summer, just after the Pebble Beach Concours, and later pegged the starting price in the mid-$50,000 range. Now we have word straight from Hyundai via our executive editor Marty Padgett, on the scene in Korea, that the car, due for sale later this summer, will also get a 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter version of Hyundai's Tau V-8 engine--and so will the 2011 Genesis Sedan.

But the Equus won't get the bigger V-8 for launch. Instead, the first buyers of the car will have no option but the 4.6-liter Tau V-8, rated at 385 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque. The 5.0-liter mill, rated at 429-horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque will become available next March. Both engines are slated to get an eight-speed automatic transmission. The big V-8 is more than stout enough to run with the BMW 750i's 400-horsepower 4.4-liter V-8, though it falls short of the potent V-12 engines found in the BMW 760i and Mercedes-Benz S600.

It's not yet clear that the Genesis Sedan will also inherit the eight-speed auto, though it's likely. It will definitely be available with the uprated 5.0-liter V-8, a move that's been contemplated since 2008. The bump in power will give the Genesis buyer an option that reaches up to and beyond the realm of BMW's new 4.4-liter twin-turbo, direct-injection V-8 in the 2011 550i. The existing 4.6-liter Hyundai engine already outpaces the 382-horsepower V-8 in the Mercedes-Benz E550.

The unexplained element in this 5.0-liter equation, however, is how Hyundai plans to differentiate the models--not just within the Equus and Genesis ranges, but between Equus and Genesis. As a flagship model, the Equus could be expected to offer an exclusive engine option, much as BMW's 760i and Mercedes-Benz's S600 do. On the other hand, Hyundai's unconventional approach to the luxury marketplace has proven successful so far, so we'll assume they have it figured out.



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By Drew Johnson

Setting its sights even higher than first thought, Hyundai will reportedly equipped its flagship Equus sedan with an up-rated version of the company’s Tau V8 beginning in early 2011. The new engine is also expected to surface on the Genesis’ option list for 2011.

According to Motor Authority, Hyundai is planning to launch a new 429 horsepower 5.0L Tau V8 in its Equus sedan. However, initial buyers will have to settle for the Genesis’ 385 horsepower 4.6L as the new mill won’t come on line until March 2011.

But when the new 5.0L does become available, the Equus will trump the $85,900 BMW 750Li and the $91,600 Mercedes-Benz S550 in both price and power. The 5.0L-equipped Equus is expected to carry a sticker price in the low $60,000 range.

Although making the 5.0L exclusive to the Equus would seem to make sense, Hyundai will reportedly offer the new mill in the 2011 Genesis sedan – out gunning the BMW 550i and Mercedes E550. It remains to be seen if the 5.0L will be offered in addition to the 4.6L or will simply replace the smaller engine.



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This sounds very promising. An 8-speed and 5.0 V8 will be nice additions to the sedans. That is a pretty amazing powertrain for the price point of the Genesis and Equus. In the Genesis coupe this could be killer. The Genesis coupe already beats the Camaro and Mustang in weight, and doesn't have a solid rear axle like the Mustang. The Genesis coupe 3.8 is under 3400 lbs, even with the V8 it could be under 3500. That is a better power to weight ratio than an M3.

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