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 |  Nov 15 2013, 5:02 PM

Hyundai-Engine-Main-Art2No automaker can afford to stand still these days. The pace of development is absolutely relentless, especially when it comes to powertrains. To keep its vehicles as competitive as possible, Hyundai has refined two of its engines.

According to John Juriga, director of powertrain at the Hyundai American Technical Center Inc. (HATCI) the company is aiming to build the world’s best powertrains, something he admits is a bold goal.

Juriga also noted that you can’t do everything for everyone; they’re trying to focus on the technologies they can, things like combustion efficiency and friction reduction. In spite of these challenges he also said “you have to be out in front, trying to innovate.”

Engineers have improved two engines in the Hyundai lineup, which on a global scale spans everything from a 1.0-liter unit all the way up to their flagship 5.0-liter Tau V8.

The Gamma family 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has been upgraded and it will soon see duty in a new model, the Kia Forte Koup.

With a twin-scroll turbocharger performance has been improved across the rev range. It delivers 201 horsepower with 195 lb-ft of billiard-table flat torque. They’ve also improved the responsiveness of the blower and integrated the exhaust manifold and turbo housing into one unit.

On the high end of the spectrum, the Tau V8 received a little attention as well. It still puts out 429 horsepower and 378 lb-ft of torque but it received “incremental changes” according to Juriga. One of those small upgrades includes a new front crankshaft oil seal to help reduce friction.

There’s more Hyundai powertrain news to share but it’s off limits until future auto shows so stay tuned…

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