Hyundai, which owns Kia, has introduced a turbocharged version of its Theta II engine family. The Theta engine family originated as a world engine project among Hyundai-Kia, Chrysler and Mitsubishi, and is available in a variety of displacements.
2.0 GDI Turbo Specifications
The 2.0-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) turbo engine is an all-aluminium engine with continuously variable valve timing, and a dual-scroll turbocharger. The dual-scroll design reduces turbo lag. In the 2011 Sonata, this motor develops 274 horsepower at 6,000rpm, and 269 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 to 4,500rpm. Peak torque is 7.71kg. of boost.
As the motor is a development project among multiple manufacturers, the block is similar to the 411BT engine found in the Mitsubishi Evolution X.
2.0 GDI Turbo Applications
The 2.0 GDI turbo motor is currently offered in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the 2012 Kia Sportage and the 2012 Kia Optima in the full 274-horsepower version.
The motor also sees duty in the current Hyundai Genesis coupe, where it makes 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque.
It seems likely that the 2.0 GDI turbo engine will see widespread use in the Hyundai and Kia line-up. It is likely the 274-horsepower version will be placed in the Genesis Coupe, and that the Kia Koup will receive a version of the motor as well.
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