Sonata 2.0T Turbo Hits 100km/h in 6.7 Seconds and Returns 6.9 L/100km Highway

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When near-luxury brand Buick announced the output numbers for its new top-line turbocharged midsize Regal, all we could think about was that Hyundai's non-premium Sonata offers a naturally aspirated 200 horsepower four-cylinder model that comes pretty close to the performance of GM's 220 horsepower Ecotec.

Sure the Regal Turbo's torque is high at 258 lb-ft, which will give it serious kick from the standing start, but the Sonata Turbo provides even more twist at the front wheels with 269 lb-ft of torque on tap, and its 274 horsepower makes for tremendous acceleration when already rolling, especially during highway passing maneuvers.

Hyundai is a company literally on a roll right now, every one of its new introductions stunning auto fans far and wide. The Sonata has stepped up standard and optional four-cylinder performance to new levels in the midsize class, while styling plus interior design and quality are on par with some entry-level luxury brands.

While these attributes are important, fuel economy is becoming a dealmaker or a deal-breaker these days, and fortunately for Hyundai and those loyal to the brand both Sonata models are light on the family budget. The new 2.0T, which replaces the outgoing 3.5-litre V6, is good for an estimated EPA equivalent of 10.7 L/100km in the city and 6.9 on the highway, which seems optimistic even by less realistic Canadian standards. These numbers show a 16- and 17-percent improvement respectively over the 2010 model's optional V6 says Hyundai's US division, and amazingly it's all accomplished with regular fuel, saving yet more at the pump.

Now the only question is whether the new upgraded 2.0T will become the base engine for the 2011 Genesis Coupe, or if the two-door sport model will get a more diverse powertrain range, starting with the 200 horsepower 2.4-litre four (which would only be 10 horsepower less than the current 2.0T base engine), followed by the new 274 horsepower turbocharged 2.0T as an option, again followed by the 306 horsepower 3.8-litre V6 (likely to be upgraded to create a larger gap from the new 2.0T), and finally the speculated new 429 horsepower 5.0-litre Tau engine reported on earlier this week, the latter to set the Korean coupe against the Camaro SS, Challenger SRT8 and Mustang GT, not to mention the BMW M3. Hyundai certainly has premium aspirations in mind.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Hyundai, 2011, Sonata 2.0T, $30,000 - $39,999,

Organizations: Hyundai

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