The 3.8-litre V6 Genesis sedan is the only variant that has been engineered for right-hand drive based on the business case that RHD countries including Australia and the UK put forward, but depending on its sales success the opportunity to engineer the 5.0-litre V8 for our market is still possible, according to the company.
“The V8 engine is something that we would like to do at some point in the future," Hyundai Australia's public relations general manager, Bill Thomas, said.
"They have engineered the car in right-hand drive in the specification that we think will lead to the most volume. It’s a volume decision; if we can put a good [business] case for [the V8], maybe other markets will also be interested, but for the moment it’s just a V6."
A 5.0-litre 'Tau' V8 engine producing 317kW of power and 519Nm of torque powers the North American Hyundai Genesis sedan. It’s available with an eight-speed automatic transmission that can send power to either the rear or all four wheels depending on variant.
The V8 Genesis sedan can go from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 240km/h.
Hyundai Australia expects the Genesis to take sales away from cars such as the Holden Calais, which is available with a V8 engine from $52,990, though depending on the price point for the V6 Genesis – which CarAdvice believes will be between $50,000 and $56,000 – the V8 would demand a higher premium, making it potentially too expensive compared with its local competition.
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