The History of Hyundai Tuscani

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The History Of Hyundai Tuscani

The Tiburon (also known as Coupe) is a compact coupe by Hyundai since 1996. The itself means Shark in Tiburon is the name given to the North American, Australian, New South African, and Austrian of the vehicle, though it is called the Coupe in other world

It has also been known by the Turbulence and Tuscani in the South market.

The model has been in two generations (RD and GK) over its lifespan and in time these generations been subject to periodic These facelifts have to keep the car up to date with safety improvements and a mixture of to exterior and interior styling. The RD was in production for 5years from to 2001.

The GK Tiburon has been since 2002 and is still in in its latest guise.

Hyundai announced that the 2008 year will be the last for the While no replacement has been Hyundai has officially stated the 2010 Genesis Coupe is not a replacement.

RD (1996-2001)

Tiburon began production in late It was available in a few foreign markets engine choices of either or 1.8L. In the United States, the was first offered in 1997 base models using the 1.8L 130hp (97kW) while the upscale FX received a four-cylinder engine.

The 2.0L was at 140hp (104kW) at the crankshaft car’s manual specifies (137hp) at the flywheel). Base was around 2,550lb (1,150kg), the RD Tiburon a higher power to ratio than the newer GK The 2.0L produces a 0-60mph of

7.9seconds, with a 1/4mile of

16seconds. In 1998 the Tiburon its weaker 1.8L engine, both models the 2.0L. All of the Tiburon manufactured from are known as RD Tiburons.

There various options, with or ABS, 2 airbags, leather, and

RD2 (2000-2001)

The RD2 Tiburon is an update on the RD platform and was released for sale in The RD2 received a facelift that the front and rear bumpers and provided a refreshed interior In South Korea, the RD2 Tiburon was as the Tiburon Turbulence.

The RD2 headlights separate enclosures for the high and low giving the four headlight similar to the third generation Integra and the sixth generation Celica. The rear bumper is reformed receiving larger The same 140hp (104kW) engine was carried over identical performance.

ABS and sunroof available in a package.


inline-4 cylinder Alpha

(86kW) @ 5800rpm and 143N•m torque @ 4,500rpm.

1.8L 4 cylinder Beta (1997

130hp (97kW) @ 6000rpm and (126ft•lbf) torque @ 4200rpm.

inline 4 cylinder Beta FX, 1998-2002)

140hp (104kW) @ and 180N•m (133ft•lbf) torque @

From 1997 to 1999 The was offered with a 5-speed transmission standard while a 4 automatic w/ overdrive was optional.

Acceleration 0-60mph: 11.6seconds Top 120mph (193km/h)

Acceleration 9.0seconds Top speed: 125mph

Acceleration 0-60mph: 7.9seconds Top 140mph (225km/h)

The previous-generation expired after 2001. launched a revised Tiburon in for the 2003 model year, it new styling, larger dimensions, and an V6 engine. Tiburon’s wheelbase and length grew slightly to the previous version, increasing weight by about 200 pounds. and GT V6 models were offered, with standard front airbags and optional anti-lock

Base Tiburons retained a new (103kW) 2.0-liter four-cylinder while GT V6 coupes got the new 2.7-liter (128kW) V6 from Hyundai’s and Santa Fe. A five-speed manual was standard, and a four-speed automatic was The automatic unit had a manual gate. Also optional on the GT V6 was a manual gearbox. Base and GT V6 automatics rode on 16-inch versus 17-inch for the GT V6 manual

Both had standard four-wheel brakes. Leather upholstery was in the GT V6, as well as a rear spoiler spoiler std. on 6-speed Aluminum pedals and a sunroof optional.

In 2004, all GT V6’s the high spoiler, 17 wheels, and ABS as equipment. A special edition of the GT V6 was released. It featured a Special decal-style badge underneath sport cloth upholstery, a stereo, red painted front calipers, and multigauges above the Only the 6-speed and automatic were available.

The special was available in Jet Black, Rally and Sunburst Yellow only. The new received praise from automotive journalists, most of compared it to the Ferrari 456.

In Hyundai facelifted the Tiburon and the model lineup; offering GS, GT, and SE The SE was now a separate trim from the GT Hyundai’s four-cylinder engine into the GS, while the other two the 2.7-liter V6.

A five-speed manual was standard. A four-speed automatic a manual shift was optional for GS and GT but the SE had exclusive use of a six-speed manual Anti-lock brakes was standard on the SE and for the GT coupe, which could be with leather upholstery. GS rode on 16-inch wheels, 17-inch for other models.

All-disc brakes and front airbags were standard. brakes were made on all 2006 model Tiburons.

In the UK, models were available and after the 2005 facelift: the 2.0SE and V6. The 1.6S had a single and leather seats were although following the 2005 half-leather seats were Both other models twin exhausts and leather as standard.

The six-speed gearbox was standard on the V6 model.

A popular saw owners of the first GK model the air-filter resonator box. The box was located directly in front of the left hand side behind the fender. This for a greater airflow to the air filter, a minimal increase of brake power (bhp). Hyundai, cost cuts, adopted modification for 2004+ models.

also released a new color for 2006 Tiburon called blue, between Tidal blue and Midnight blue, is Metallic. This color is available for the 2007 Elantra and

Hyundai recently announced following the 2008 model the Tiburon will end production. Hyundai has on more than one said that the Genesis is not a replacement for the Tiburon, this the possibility open of a future drive sports coupe.

GK F/L – 2006)

Hyundai minor tweaks to the ‘GK’ in 2005, for the outgoing named The vehicle incorporated reworked blackened smoked headlights, rear tail lights, aggressive front air dam, a range of alloy wheel colored stitching on leather (half leather seats for the 1.6 range).

GK F/L2 (2007 –

A more comprehensive facelift was in 2007, named the Coupe in markets such as the UK, this altering the appearance of the car enough to it the fourth generation or GK F/L reminiscent of the RD1 and RD2

The headlights are thinner and angled aggressively; somewhat similar to the Tiburon headlights with straight/sharp lines. The tail are similar to the RD2 and GK1 but are somewhat smaller and an aftermarket styling. The fenders the gill fins and other changes are seen.

The interior is with brushed aluminum new blue backlight scheme for and instrumentation and new seats.

Equipment and

The exact specification depends on and the market where it is sold but are some of the features available:

brakes, Dual Circuit brake force distribution

(variable rate) airbags and airbags

Side impact bars

ESP Stability Control

Traction Control (2007)

windows, sunroof

Heated seats

Trip Computer

Air / Climate Control

Leather / / Cloth interior


Alloy wheels (normally 16 or 17)

Sound system

Additional featuring torque, fuel rate and voltage

The 2004–2007 received a 4/5 star rating the National Highway Traffic Administration in the USA.


2.0L inline 4 Beta II CVVT (2004+) on the valves (GK, GS)

132hp @ 6000rpm and 184N·m (136ft·lbf) @ 4500rpm.

2.7L V6 Delta SE)

172hp (128kW) @ 6000rpm and (181ft·lbf) torque @ 3800rpm.

In the 5-speed retained standard on the GS, GT, and GT while the upscale SE model only with a six-speed A four-speed automatic transmission Shiftronic was available for all models.

Acceleration 0-60mph: 9.2seconds Top 130mph (209km/h)


Acceleration 0-60mph: 8.2seconds Top 132mph (212km/h)

2.7litre: (GT

Acceleration 0-60mph: 7.7seconds Top 137mph (220km/h)

2.7litre: (SE

Acceleration 0-60mph: 7.2seconds Top 145mph (233km/h)

In several the model is sold and branded as a The Tuscani wears a circular containing a smaller circle of and grey horizontal bars is overlaid with a letter painted gold on the left and on the right. Even in markets the car is sold as a Hyundai Tiburon or Coupe, the name Tuscani has quite popular. Many have been modified to be rebadged with Tuscani

In Canada, a special edition of the is sold as a Tuscani edition. A has started to circulate that is considering a plan to branch off the name as a complete sub brand for exclusive, sporty, and upmarket The existence of the name is most to achieve greater sales the Hyundai name has cloying with more budget

In some markets secondary may denote engine size and such as trim, wheel, and options. These badges GS, GT, SE and FX, although some use FX across the range available. In certain certain exterior colors are not and identification may require noticing local differences such as wheels, spoilers or dealer fit such as in car entertainment systems.

These can all change from to year and from market to so the variation is quite significant. One difference is that the 1.6 engine has a single exhaust on the right side, in all markets where it is

In series 2, episode 3 of Top Gear, Richard Hammond reviewed the Coupe and talked about its design, performance and reasonable considering it to be an overall better than the Lexus SC430, cost more than as much. It was the only Korean car to be posted on the Cool section of the Cool Wall.

The 2002 Tiburon is a playable car in the videogames for Speed: Underground, Need for Underground 2, Gran Turismo 4, Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 2, 2: Hot Import Nights, Drift and Auto Modellista.

In the music for the South African pop song Net een vir my, it shows the main singer, Louw, driving in a 1990s Tiburon.

In the music video for the All These Things I Hate Bullet For My Valentine the main is driving a black RD1 Tiburon.

in the video for the song Remember The by Fort Minor a 2005-2006 tiburon can be seen for a few seconds.

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