Hyundai Motor America announced the creation of a new factory crate engine program. Under the program, the Lambda 3.8-liter, direct-injected V6 and Theta 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines will be offered to aftermarket tuners at a significantly lower cost than an equivalent replacement engine. The new engine program begins availability in December 2013.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder will be available in two engine configurations: a turbo-ready version priced at $4,500, and a turbo-equipped version, which includes turbocharger, intercooler, and intake air ducting, priced at $6,000. The turbo-ready version was developed specifically for tuners planning more aggressive, aftermarket-based turbocharging solutions, eliminating the costs associated with redundant turbocharging components. The 3.8-liter direct-injected V6 will be offered at $9,000.
Both 2.0- and 3.8-liter crate engines include intake manifolds, ignition coils, injectors, and fuel delivery assemblies. The cost advantages of the crate engine program are achieved via distribution system efficiencies and sub-assembly packaging when compared with the long block replacement engine and its individual sub-assembly cost.