Hyundai has unveiled details of its latest diesel powerplant, the R-Engine.  Available in two and 2.2-litre versions, the new engine is Euro V emissions-compliant and therefore ideal for the European market.

Hyundai claimed today that the engine “can comfortably beat the power outputs of all comparable German and French competitors with outputs of 184PS/392Nm and 200PS/436Nm – more than most rivals’ V6s.”

“With diesels becoming cleaner and more fuel efficient all the time, there’s a growing demand for diesel powerplants worldwide and Hyundai is well positioned to supply the market with the very best diesel technology,” said Hyun-Soon Lee, president of the corporate research and development division.

The R-Engine delivers fuel at 1800 bar through a third generation common rail system with piezo-electric injectors. It also features an electronic variable geometry turbocharger and an advanced engine control unit (air system-based charge control).

The all-aluminium motor has 16 valves and dual camshafts driven by a chain rather than a toothed belt. For reduced vibration and lower noise, the also has a lower balance shaft encased in a stiffened ladder frame housing for increased rigidity. Weight saving features include serpentine accessories belt with isolation pulley, and plastic head cover, intake manifold and oil filter housing.

The engine will enter production next year destined for SUVs and large saloons.