A year ago, Toyota made the same decision, and we are already seeing the results: the new Land Cruiser 300 does not have eight-cylinder engines in the range. Now the Hyundai concern, which also includes Kia and Genesis, is rejecting such engines. Moreover, the Koreans will get rid of the G8s even faster – by the end of this year.
The first passenger car V8 of the Omega model appeared at the Hyundai concern in 1999 together with the Hyundai Equus executive sedan. Like the car itself, this engine was developed by Mitsubishi, and it was designed for a transverse arrangement under the hood. The unit with a volume of 4.5 liters produced 260-270 hp. And in 2008, he debuted his own V8 engine of the Tau series – already for cars of the classic layout. The first models with this 4.6-liter engine were the Hyundai Genesis sedan and the Kia Mohave SUV.
The modified and “bored” version of the Tau engine to 5.0 liters is still in service. However, the list of models equipped with these engines is getting shorter. Sedan Genesis G80 of the new generation of the “eight” is no longer put (although the predecessor had it), and after the recent restyling, the V8 engine was taken away from the related model Kia K900. Thus, now Tau engines are installed only on the Genesis G90 executive sedans, but the production cycle of this generation is almost complete. At the end of the year, the new G90 will be unveiled, which also lacks an eight-cylinder engine.
The replacement for the Tau engine is already ready – this is the V6 3.5 T-GDI biturbo engine of the Smartstream series, which is already being installed on the Genesis G80, GV70 and GV80 cars. In terms of power, it is still inferior to the atmospheric “eight” (380 versus 425 hp), but in terms of torque it surpasses it (530 versus 520 Nm). Moreover, the maximum thrust is available in the range of 1500-4500 rpm, while the V8 engine peaks at 5000 rpm.