Hyundai is reportedly working on a new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that its future N performance models could use.
Current N-branded models from the South Korean car manufacturer use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder but a new report from Korean publication Kyunghyang Shinmun claims that a larger 2.3-liter mill is in the works.
According to the publication, this new engine will rev through to 7,000 rpm. Unfortunately, limited details have been given about this new engine.
Spy shots snapped back in April showcased an intriguing mid-engined Hyundai prototype with graphics on the side reading ‘MR23T.’ At the time, it was speculated this vehicle could have been running a 2.3-liter turbo with direct injection. Whereas current Hyundai N models produce 271 hp, reports at the time indicated the larger capacity engine could be good for 312 hp. When supplemented by an electric motor, power could rise even further.
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While anyone who has driven a new Hyundai N model would likely agree that it has more than enough go, the idea of some added grunt will no doubt sound rather tantalizing to shoppers. After all, hot hatch rivals like the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane R.S. Trophy both have around 300 hp, give or take a few ponies. It also feels as though the brand’s current N models could handle some added power without needing any other major alterations.
When could we see this new 2.3-liter engine? The Korean publication doesn’t say but if it does become a reality, we wouldn’t be shocked to see it land within the next three or four years.