Aftermarket tuners, rejoice! Hyundai has launched a factory crate engine program for its Lambda 3.8-liter V6 and Theta 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that "will be offered to aftermarket tuners at a significantly lower cost than an equivalent replacement engine" starting in December 2013.
Under the program, the 2.0-liter engine will be available as either turbo-ready at $4,500 (P194,500) or turbo-equipped (including the turbocharger, the intercooler, and the intake air ducting) at $6,000 (P259,300). According to Hyundai, the turbo-ready version was developed specifically for aftermarket tuners who want to create "more aggressive, aftermarket-based turbocharging solutions. The 3.8-liter V6, on the other hand, will be offered at $9,000 (P389,000).
According to Hyundai, both the 2.0- and 3.8-liter crate engines include intake manifolds, ignition coils, injectors, and fuel delivery assemblies.
"As more Genesis Coupes 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 Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive John Krafcik. "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."
Unfortunately for us, Hyundai's crate engine program is only available in the United States, so you'll have to buy one from an authorized dealer abroad. Or maybe--just maybe--we can convince local distributor Hyundai Asia Resources to ship in several units of these engines.
Anyone want to shoehorn the V6 into an Elantra?