Hyundai Coupe

First generation (RC) (1996-1999) and (RC2) (1999-2001)
First generation
Also called
Hyundai Tiburon
Hyundai Tiburon Turbulence (KDM Facelift)
Production
19962001
Assembly
Asan, South Korea
Engine(s)
1.6 L (114 hp), 1.8 L (130 hp), or 2.0 L I4 Beta I DOHC (140 hp)
Transmission(s)
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase
97.4 in (2474 mm)
Length
1996-1999: 170.8 in (4338 mm)
1999-2001: 171.0 in (4343 mm)
Width
1996-1999: 68.1 in (1730 mm)
1999-2001: 70.5 in (1791 mm)
Height
51.7 in (1313 mm)
Related
Hyundai Elantra
RC (1996-1999)
Tiburon first began production in late 1996. It was available in a few foreign markets with engine choices of either 1.6L or 1.8L. In the United States, the Tiburon was first offered in 1997 with base models using the Elantra’s 1.8L 130 hp (97 kW) engine while the upscale FX received a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The 2.0L was rated at 140 hp (104 kW) at the crankshaft (the car’s manual specifies 102 kW (137 hp) at the flywheel). Base weight was around 2,550 lb (1,150 kg), giving the RD Tiburon a higher power to weight ratio than the newer GK 2.0L. The 2.0L produces a 0-60 mph time of ~8.2, with a 1/4 mile time of ~16 seconds. In 1998 the Tiburon lost its weaker 1.8L engine, giving both models the 2.0L. All versions of the Tiburon manufactured from 1996-2002 are known as “RD” Tiburons. There were various options, with or without ABS, 2 airbags, leather, and sunroof.
Various special editions were also produced, focusing primarily on cosmetic modifications and improvements. In the UK, Hyundai’s entrance into the Formula 2 World Rally Championships saw the release of the “F2” and “F2 Evolution” models in 1998 and 1999 respectively.
The F2 modifications included a front spoiler lip, mesh grill, 16″ mesh alloy wheels (with Pirelli P7000 tyres), uprated Sony stereo, customised sill plates and gearstick.
Hyundai Coupe F2 Evolution (UK)
The F2 Evolution, available in Silver or Cobalt Blue, was a limited edition (1500 units) whose design was led by McLaren F1 stylist Peter Stevens in conjunction with Hyundai World Rally Team’s support company Motor Sports Developments (MSD).
Modifications included a bigger front bumper/spoiler, modified rear spoiler, high-lift camshaft, 6″x4″ Magnex freeflow exhaust, 16″ 5-spoke alloy wheels (with Yokohama tyres), cream instrument dials, Thatcham-approved Category 1 alarm/immobiliser, uprated Sony stereo, customised sill plates and lambswool carpets.
The camshaft and exhaust improvements saw an increase in power to 154 hp and torque to 140 ftlbf.
RD2 (1999-2001)
2000-2001 Hyundai Tiburon (US)
The RD2 Tiburon is an update on the original RD platform and was released for sale in 1999. The RD2 received a facelift that altered the front and rear bumpers and also provided a refreshed interior dash. In South Korea, the RD2 Tiburon was marketed as the “Tiburon Turbulence”.
The RD2 headlights have separate enclosures for the high and low beams giving the four headlight look, similar to the third generation Acura Integra and the sixth generation Toyota Celica. The rear bumper is also reformed receiving larger tailights. The same 140 hp (104 kW) 2.0L engine was carried over producing identical performance. ABS, CVT and sunroof were available in a package.
Engineering
1.6 L inline-4 cylinder DOHC Beta
116 hp (87 kW; 118 PS) @ 5800 rpm and 143 Nm (106 ftlbf) torque @ 4,500 rpm.
1.8 L inline 4 cylinder Beta (1997 Base)
130 hp (97 kW; 132 PS) @ 6000 rpm and 171 Nm (126 ftlbf) torque @ 4200 rpm.
2.0 L inline 4 cylinder Beta 1CVT (1997 FX, 1998-2002)
140 hp (104 kW; 142 PS) @ 6000 rpm and 180 Nm (133 ftlbf) torque @ 4800 rpm.
From 1997 to 1999 The Tiburon was offered with a 5-speed manual transmission standard while a 4 speed automatic w/ overdrive was optional.
Performance
1.6 litre:
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 10.5 seconds Top speed: 118 mph (190 km/h)
1.8 litre:
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 9.0 seconds Top speed: 124 mph (200 km/h)
2.0 litre:
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds Top Speed: 130.5 mph (210 km/h)
Second generation (GK) (2002-2009)
Second generation
Also called
Hyundai Tuscani
Hyundai Tiburon
Hyundai Coupe SIII
Production
2001-2009
Assembly
Ulsan, South Korea
Engine(s)
1.6 L (105 hp)
2.0 L I4 Beta II CVVT I4 (141 hp)
2.7 L Delta V6,
Transmission(s)
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual (Tuscani GL/GT/GTS, Coupe GK GS/GT)
6-speed manual (Tuscani ELISA/GTSII, Coupe GK GT V6/SE)
Wheelbase
99.6 in (2530 mm)
Length
173.0 in (4394 mm)
Width
69.3 in (1760 mm)
Height
52.3 in (1328 mm) (2003-05)
52.4 in (1331 mm) (2006-present)
Related
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Spectra
Kia Sportage
The previous-generation Tiburon expired after 2002. Hyundai launched a revised Tiburon in 2002 for the 2003 model year, giving it new styling, larger dimensions, and an optional V6 engine. Tiburon’s wheelbase and overall length grew slightly compared to the previous version, increasing curb weight by about 200 pounds. Base and GT V6 models were offered, both with standard front side airbags and optional anti-lock brakes. Base Tiburons retained a new 138 hp (103 kW) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while GT V6 coupes got the new 2.7-liter 172 hp (128 kW) V6 from Hyundai’s Sonata and Santa Fe. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, and a four-speed automatic was optional. The automatic unit had a manual shift gate. Also optional on the GT V6 was a six-speed manual gearbox. Base models and GT V6 automatics rode on 16-inch tires, versus 17-inch for the GT V6 manual models. Both had standard four-wheel disc brakes. Leather upholstery was standard in the GT V6, as well as a rear spoiler (high spoiler std. on 6-speed only). Aluminum pedals and a sunroof were optional.
In 2004, all GT V6’s received the high spoiler, 17″ wheels, and ABS as standard equipment. A “special edition” of the GT V6 was also released. It featured a “Special Edition” decal-style badge underneath “Tiburon”, sport cloth upholstery, a Kenwood stereo, red painted front brake calipers, and multigauges above the radio. Only the 6-speed and automatic transmissions were available. The special edition was available in Jet Black, Rally Red, and Sunburst Yellow only. The new design received praise from a number of automotive journalists, some of which compared it to the Ferrari 456.
In 2005 Hyundai facelifted the Tiburon and reshuffled the model lineup; offering GS, GT, and SE models. The SE was now a separate trim from the GT models. Hyundai’s four-cylinder engine went into the GS, while the other two held the 2.7-liter V6. A five-speed manual transmission was standard. A four-speed automatic with a manual shift was optional for GS and GT models, but the SE had exclusive use of a six-speed manual gearbox. Anti-lock brakes was standard on the SE and optional for the GT coupe, which could be equipped with leather upholstery. GS coupes rode on 16-inch wheels, versus 17-inch for other models. All-disc brakes and front side airbags were standard. Anti-lock brakes were made standard on all 2006 model Tiburons.
In the UK, three models were available before and after the 2005 facelift: the 1.6S, 2.0SE and V6. The 1.6S had a single exhaust and leather seats were optional, although following the 2005 facelift half-leather seats were standard. Both other models have twin exhausts and leather seats as standard. The six-speed gearbox was also standard on the V6 model.
A popular modification saw owners of the first GK model removing the air-filter resonator box. The resonator box was located directly in front of the front left hand side wheel, behind the fender. This allowed for a greater airflow to the air filter, gaining a minimal increase of brake horse power (bhp). Hyundai, seeking cost cuts, adopted this modification for 2004+ models. Hyundai also released a new color for their 2006 Tiburon called Regatta blue, between Tidal Wave blue and Midnight blue, which is Metallic. This color is also available for the 2007 Elantra and Tiburon.
GK F/L (2005 – 2006)
2006 Hyundai Tiburon (US)
Hyundai conducted minor tweaks to the ‘GK’ model in 2005, for the outgoing named 2006. The vehicle incorporated reworked sleeker blackened “smoked” headlights, redesigned rear tail lights, more aggressive front air dam, a different range of alloy wheel designs, colored stitching on leather seats (half leather seats available for the 1.6 range).
GK F/L2 (2007 – 2008)
2007-2008 Hyundai Tiburon (US)
A more comprehensive facelift was launched in 2007, named the Coupe SIII in markets such as the UK, this time altering the appearance of the car enough to designate it the fourth generation or GK F/L reminiscent of the RD1 and RD2 denotations.
The headlights are thinner and angled more aggressively; somewhat similar to the original Tiburon headlights with more straight/sharp lines. The tail lights are similar to the RD2 and GK1 but are somewhat smaller and reflect an aftermarket styling. The fenders lose the “gill fins” and other small changes are seen.
The interior is updated with brushed aluminum accents, new blue backlight scheme for gauges and instrumentation and new seats.
Hyundai later introduced the limited, special edition TSIII (uk). This upgraded, limited edition included quilted leather interior with embroidered logos, stiffer sports suspension, quad exhaust exit pipes, a higher level rear spoiler and an anthracite finish to the alloy wheels. The performance of the TSIII remained the same as the SIII.
Equipment and safety
The exact specification depends on model and the market where it is sold but these are some of the features available:
Anti-lock brakes, Dual Circuit with brake force distribution
Front (variable rate) airbags and side airbags
Side impact protection bars
ESP Stability Control (2007)
Traction Control (2007)
Electric windows, sunroof
Heated front seats
Trip Computer
Air Conditioning / Climate Control
Leather / Half-leather / Cloth interior
Sports seats
Alloy wheels (normally 16″ or 17″)
Infinity Sound system
Additional gauges featuring torque, fuel burn rate and voltage
The 20042007 models received a 4/5 star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the USA.
Engineering
2.0 L inline 4 cylinder Beta II CVVT (2004 – 2007) on the inlet valves (GK, GS)
138 hp (103 kW; 140 PS) @ 6000 rpm and 184 Nm (136 ftlbf) torque @ 4500 rpm.
2.0 L inline 4 cylinder Beta II CVVT (2008 – 2009) on the inlet valves (GK, GS)
142 hp (106 kW; 144 PS) @ 6000 rpm and 184 Nm (137 ftlbf) torque @ 4500 rpm.
2.7 L V6 Delta (GT, SE)
173 hp (129 kW; 175 PS) @ 6000 rpm and 245 Nm (181 ftlbf) torque @ 3800 rpm.
In 2002 the 5-speed retained standard on the GS, GT, and GT Limited, while the upscale SE model came only with a six-speed manual. A four-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic was available for all models.
Performance
2.0 litre:
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds
Top speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
2.7 litre: (Automatic)
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 8.2 seconds
Top speed: 132 mph (212 km/h)
2.7 litre: (GT 5-speed)
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 7.7 seconds
Top speed: 137 mph (220 km/h)
2.7 litre: (SE 6-speed)
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds
Top speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
Marketing and branding
In several markets the model is sold and branded as a Tuscani. The Tuscani wears a circular badge containing a smaller circle of black and grey horizontal bars which is overlaid with a letter ‘T’ painted gold on the left and silver on the right. Even in markets where the car is sold as a Hyundai Tiburon or Hyundai Coupe, the name Tuscani has become quite popular. Many cars have been modified aftermarket to be rebadged with Tuscani emblems. In Canada, a special edition of the Tiburon is sold as a “Tuscani edition”. A rumour has started to circulate that Hyundai is considering a plan to branch off the Tuscani name as a complete sub brand for more exclusive, sporty, and upmarket models. The existence of the name is most likely to achieve greater sales where the Hyundai name has cloying associations with more budget products.
In some markets secondary badging may denote engine size and variations such as trim, wheel, and other options. These badges include GS, GT, SE and FX, although some use FX across the entire range available. In certain markets, certain exterior colors are not available and identification may require noticing subtle local differences such as alloy wheels, spoilers or dealer fit options such as in car entertainment systems. These can all change from year to year and from market to market, so the variation is quite significant. One notable difference is that the 1.6 engine always has a single exhaust on the right hand side, in all markets where it is sold.
References
^ www.autotropolis.com

Hyundai announces Tiburon phase out
^ Next New Models, Autotimes, 2008/12/05(Korean)
^ http://carinfo.autold.com/car-hyundai_coupe-20-fx.html
^ http://www.hyundaicoupe.info/models/index.html?page=hcsef2&pix=pix_f2&&menu=m_models_1996
^ http://www.newtonnet.co.uk/coupe/
^ Hyundai Coupe

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^ 2003-2007 Hyundai Tiburon – Consumer Guide Automotive
^ 2004 Hyundai Tiburon 2-DR.w/SAB NHTSA NCAP
^ 2005 Hyundai Tiburon 2-DR. w/SAB NHTSA NCAP
^ 2006 Hyundai Tiburon 2-DR. w/SAB NHTSA NCAP
^ 2007 Hyundai Tiburon 2-DR. w/SAB NHTSA NCAP
External links
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Official Sites
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Official site at Hyundai UK
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