News Hyundai may be working on Theta III power for a mid-engine car
18:13 14 february 2018
18:13 14 february 2018 Source:
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been showing off mid-engine concepts and flogging mid-engine prototypes for at least four years. The fanciful gave way to just a few months later, the following years bringing the and . The "RM" stands for Racing Midship, and spy painting a new racing line at the Nürburgring. Korean outlet Motorgraph reports that is currently developing its Theta III engine for release late this year or in 2019 in the next-generation , but the four-cylinder will be engineered to suit front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and mid-engine applications.
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In the interests of more power, displacement in the Theta III will increase to 2.5 liters from the 2.0- and 2.4-liter displacements of the Theta II. Naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions are in development, both maintaining Hyundai's GDi direct injection. Front-wheel drive, turbocharged applications are predicted to output 280 horsepower, rear-wheel-drive turbo vehicles would get 300 horsepower. The turbocharged 2.0-liter Theta II in the currenttops out at 245 hp, the same engine previously offered in the took that up to 264 hp.
The mid-engine turbo Theta III would shrink to 2.3 liters, but rock a max output of 350 horsepower. That would put a mid-engineat the award-winning end of the competitive set, alongside the 350-hp and well in front of the 292-hp . Admittedly, it's early days for such talk, but with a motor in the middle and ex- M boss Albert Biermann helming the chassis department, Hyundai might even aim for dynamic comparisons to the 350-hp .
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