Steane Klose | Dec 15, 2008

Hyundai debuted the all new Genesis luxury sedan this year, with an eye firmly fixed on the luxury car market in North America. The idea was to provide a genuinely well-priced alternative to the more expensive standard fare provided by Luxury German and Japanese rivals. Much the same as Lexus did a few years back.

Of course, Hyundai is also looking to change the way we think about the marque, it wants to be taken seriously, and break free from its ‘cheap and cheerful’ roots. By all accounts, the Genesis sedan has hit the mark, proving to be a real luxury rival for the established players.

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If any proof was needed, it can be found in the latest addition to Hyundai’s trophy cabinet, with Hyundai’s all-new 4.6 litre Tau V8 engine, (which debuted in the premium Genesis sedan in the US) being named one of "Ward's 10 Best Engines" for 2009 by Ward's Auto World. This marks the first time that a Hyundai engine has appeared in the "Ward's 10 Best Engines" list.

"The engine's velvety power delivery, competitive performance and attainable price epitomise the Korean auto maker's drive for world-class engineering," concluded the Ward's Auto World editors

Hyundai’s 4.6 litre Tau V8 engine develops 280kW and leads its competitors with the highest specific output - 61kW per litre. Partnered with the widely acclaimed ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, the V8 Hyundai Genesis will achieve up to 9.4 l/100 km on the highway, a level of efficiency that Hyundai claims surpasses many prestigious key competitors' V6 models in fuel economy as well as power.

"The critically acclaimed Hyundai Genesis and the Tau V8 engine were designed to rival the best premium sport sedans and V8 engines the world has to offer. Hyundai is particularly proud of Genesis and the Tau V8 engine as they embody the brand's commitment to performance and efficiency and are delivered to the customer with exceptional value," said Scott Margason, national manager, Product Development, Hyundai Motor America.

The Tau V8 engine and the Hyundai Genesis are built at Hyundai's Ulsan Plant in Ulsan City, Korea.

By now the big question on your mind will be, which manufacturers and which engines joined Hyundai in Ward's Top Ten listing? Here's the list:

  1. Audi AG: 2.0L TFSI turbocharged DOHC I-4 (A4 Avant)
  2. BMW AG: 3.0L turbocharged DOHC I-6 (135i Coupe)
  3. BMW AG: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (335d)
  4. Chrysler LLC: 5.7L Hemi OHV V-8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)
  5. Ford Motor Co.: 2.5L DOHC I-4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)
  6. General Motors Corp.: 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Cadillac CTS)
  7. Honda Motor Co. Ltd.: 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Accord Coupe)
  8. Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.: 4.6L DOHC V-8 (Genesis)
  9. Toyota Motor Corp.: 3.5L DOHC V-6 (Lexus IS 350)
  10. Volkswagen AG: 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

[Source: Hyundai and Wards]

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