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Published on July 16th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Hyundai Building A Supercar

Korean automaker famous for entry-level compacts and family friendly vehicles is now reportedly considering putting out a supercar. The first step toward a Hyundai supercar was the debut of the new 5.0-liter Tau V-8, which is now available on the 2012 Genesis R-Spec sedan and will soon be offered on the range-topping Equus. This engine is slated for more than just Hyundai’s high-end sedans; it will also be the basis of a rear-wheel sports coupe to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 and Chevy Corvette. The Tau engine puts out 429 horses and 376 lb-ft. This V-8 pushes the four-doored Genesis to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, so it could definitely do some damage when mounted in a lighter, more agile coupe. And with a little wrenching, Hyundai could always up output into the 500-hp range of cars like the Corvette Z06 and Nissan GT-R. Hyundai is considering both front- and mid-engined layouts and would probably have to develop a new manual or semi-auto for the car, as nothing from its current gearbox lineup would quite hack it.

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