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Hyundai offers crate V6s and fours at SEMA

Wed, 06 Nov 2013

Crate engines are usually high-output, high-displacement, domestic motors from Ford, GM and Chrysler. Hyundai said no mas yesterday at SEMA, introducing its plan to offer the Lambda 3.8-liter V6 and Theta 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as crate engines for sale. The program begins next month.

The four-banger will be offered in two configurations. The turbo-ready version will cost $4,500, while the turbo-equipped unit with intercooler and air ducting will set you back $6,000. The direct-injected 3.8-liter will cost $9,000.

Hyundai says both crate engines come with intake manifolds, ignition coils, injectors, and fuel delivery assemblies. The four-cylinder will deliver 274 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque while the V6 will make 348 hp and 295 lb-ft of twist.

“As more Genesis Coupe have entered the pre-owned enthusiast market since its 2009 launch, we've witnessed strong interest in leveraging the low cost potential of this rear-drive platform and its powertrains for the tuner market and motorsports,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “Now, with our new crate engine program, Hyundai is making it more affordable for these same enthusiasts to modify their Genesis Coupe, or perhaps inject some high-value horsepower into other platforms.”

But be warned, garage tinkerers, these engines are only covered by Hyundai's 12-month/12,000-mile replacement parts warranty, and not under the 10-year plan that applies to new vehicles.

Hyundai will sell 3.8- and 2.0-liter crate engines.

About the SEMA Show

SEMA — short for Specialty Equipment Marketing Association — is the biggest aftermarket auto event in the world, held in Las Vegas each fall. The show fills multiple convention halls and shows off everything from high-performance OEM specials to custom wheels and graphics from local shops. Get the full rundown on what automakers and suppliers are up to at the industry's biggest trade show at our SEMA Show home page.

By Jake Lingeman