Hyundai Tiburon

Hyundai Tiburon

Hyundai has announced that the 2008 model year will be the last for the sporty Hyundai Tiburon two-door hatchback. John Krafcik, product development vice president for Hyundai Motor America, says the Tiburon will be produced until the new rear-wheel-drive Genesis coupe goes on sale next spring. He says the Genesis coupe is not a replacement for the front-wheel-drive Tiburon.

" We are seriously looking at a small front-wheel-drive coupe to replace the Tiburon, but I can’t say when that will happen," Krafcik said.

Krafcik said the replacement likely would be similar to the Veloster coupe concept first shown at the Seoul auto show in April 2007. The fwd Veloster coupe was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai introduced the Tiburon to the United States in the 1997 model year to spiff up its image as a value-minded econobox brand. The second generation debuted for the 2003 model year with a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 138 hp and 136 pounds-feet of torque. A V-6 comes standard on the GT trim making 172 hp.

Through the first three months of this year, Tiburon U.S. sales fell 28.7 percent to 2,071 units.

The iconic Hyundai Coupe has always been a real head turner. Now it is joined in the showroom this month by a limited edition model, called the TSIII. This promises to really strain the neck muscles of passers-by with extra styling enhancements and exclusive color options.

Hyundai Coupe TIII

Four paint color options of Stone Black, Rose Red, Crystal White or Carbon Grey are available. Crystal White and Rose Red have never been offered on the Coupe before and are exclusively available on the TSIII in very limited numbers.

To complement and contrast with these colors, the 17” alloy wheels have a special anthracite finish. At the rear the quad exhaust pipes deliver a sportier engine note, while a larger boot spoiler with integral brake light gives the TSIII a more purposeful look.

Hyundai Coupe TIII

Inside the cabin, TSIII features quilted leather sports seats offering more support and comfort to enhance the driving experience. Matching quilted door trims complete the look. Elsewhere in the interior, chrome sill guards with a TSIII logo, metal trimmed pedals and footrest add to the sporty feel of the cabin. Air conditioning with climate control, heated front seats and cruise control all come as standard on the TSIII, along with iPod compatible stereo and metal-look finishes on the steering wheel, center console and air vents.

Hyundai unveiled at SEMA the Mobis Tiburon next to five others distinct Hyundai vehicles. In its seventh year at SEMA, Hyundai showed off vehicles spanning its entire product portfolio, proving that customization is not just for sport compacts anymore.

Hyundai is currently testing the next generation Tiburon that will go on sale in 2009 (for the US market). Supposed to take design cues from HCD8 Concept, unveiled at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, the next generation Tiburon will move up a class and will also move to the high-$20s and even above $30K. The main competitors for the Tiburon will be the Infiniti G37 and the BMW 335i coupe.

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