Despite the short history of Hyundai Motor Company, they have an interesting story when it comes to propulsion. Originally started in 1976 with the pony, Hyundai borrowed technology and parts from Mitsubishi including the 1.5 litre four cylinder power supply. Hyundai continued this bound with Mitsubishi until 1991 when they developed the first Korean designed engine, known as Alpha. This was originally a 1.3 litre four cylinder and was available in its 1.6 litre form in the Accent.
In 1998 Hyundai developed their first performance engine known as Delta. This 2.5 litre V6 featured a double overhead cam and originally developed 170bhp and 166lb/ft of torque. The next big internal combustion engine development came in 2000 with Korea’s first passenger and commercial diesel engines. Hyundai developed a performance diesel in 2006 in an effort to meet growing demands for more economical diesel cars. This was 3.0 V6 that developed 237bhp and 332lb/ft of torque.
In 2008 and 2009 Hyundai’s Tau engine was voted into the world’s auto ten best engines. In the same year there was talk of Mercedes-Benz using Hyundai’s four cylinder engines. From starting independent engine development in 1991, developing world class performance in only 7 years and entering the world’s auto ten best engines 10 years later. Regardless of any preconceptions, Hyundai’s growth in the auto industry is nothing short of amazing.