Firm's first direct-injection petrol engine to appear in new i40 next year
17 November 2009

Hyundai has launched its first direct-injection petrol engine in Korea.

The 2.4 Theta II GDI engine is set to be used initially in the firm’s new Sonata in 2010 (likely to be called i40 in Europe), before being applied to other models.

The 46-month R&D period has cost the firm 170 billion Korean won (£97.8 million). The firm claims the engine raises power output and improves fuel economy, while also lower emissions at the same time.

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“The Theta II GDI convincingly demonstrates Hyundai’s advanced powertrain engineering capabilities,” said Lee Hyun-Soon, the firm’s chief technology officer.

In its Korean state of tune, the engine produces 198bhp at 6300rpm and it has a compression ratio of 11:3:1. The split-injection system used allows the catalytic convertor to reach its optimum working temperature faster, thus reducing emissions from cold starts by 25 per cent.

Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) also features to further boost power and lower emissions.

There's no word yet from Hyundai on when the engine will be available in the UK. No one from Hyundai was immediately available for comment.

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17 November 2009

Hyundaismoke, can you please enlighten the other forum users as to why this is the best engine ever designed, engineered and built in the whole world.

17 November 2009

[quote qpgkx the unpronounceable]

Hyundaismoke, can you please enlighten the other forum users as to why this is the best engine ever designed, engineered and built in the whole world.


No need qpgthingy - the stats speak for themselves that this engine will indeed cement Hyundai's position as the premium luxury maker. When combined with the class leading Hyundai cars this will challenge not only bmw and mercedes, but also Rolls Royce and Maybach. Hyundai's legacy is indeed assured...

18 November 2009

Well The series of i40 engines will put Near Luxury Makes such as VW, Mercury, Buick, Citroen, Subaru, Mazda to shame. Citroen, Mercury, and VW are the only ones with competitve engines, the Hybrid version however will cancel their competitiveness out, and the Mercury Milan would be the only car able to truly compete, on every indicator. Though, the i40/Sonata hybrid is expected to get 43 MPG US, beating the Milan by 2.

4 Engines for Euro Market, 3 for the US Market (no Diesel)

18 November 2009

The Gauges look like they belong in a Mecedes Product, and everything else about that interior is if a C5, Volvo s40, and Mazda 6 had a baby together.

Its a day and night transformation of the company that could put Volvo and Chrysler out of business.

The Touring hatch will also get AWD.

18 November 2009

I am without words. I was joking, but obviously he is not....

19 November 2009

Oh I can go on forever about the DI tech and features that will be available in our small cars.

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