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.
The 2009 Tiburon will be totally redesigned and will be slightly bigger than the current generation Tiburon.
As Joel Piaskowski, Chief Designer at the Hyundai Kia Design said at the unveiling of the HCD8 Concept "The HCD8 is designed to be a high-performance daily driver," the 2009 Tiburon will be more aggressive and will look sportier than the current model. "The HCD8 is a conceptual design model used to evaluate the design, package and proportion of the next generation sports coupe. The HCD8 has graceful, flowing lines. The surfaces of the vehicle have the volume and shape to retain some classicism of a sports car. We also worked with surfaces and lines that stir the inner emotions of passion, romance and performance. We arranged the graphic components to signal strength, attitude and power."
There were rumors telling that the next Tiburon will go RWD (as the next Hyundai Genesis sedan), and this make sense since a increase of power will raise the power up to 200 hp, maybe to much for a FWD. This new RWD Coupe (if will be produced) will be a premium model aimed at luxury makes and is likely to be powered by a V8 engine (with an output of more than 300 hp).
Under the hood of the next Tiburon you will probably see the same DOHC V6 engine that will be used in the Genesis sedan, but also there will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 200 hp. The 2009 Tiburon will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 6.2 seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph.
As Mitsubishi did, Hyundai will use a dual exhaust system for the next Tiburon. It will also feature a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Hyundai Tiburon is a compact coupe produced by Hyundai since 1996. The name itself means shark in Spanish. Tiburon is the name given to the current North American, Australian, New Zealand, South African, and Austrian production of the vehicle, though it is called the Hyundai Coupe in world markets.
First generation (1996-1999)
Tiburon first began production in late 1996. The first-generation Tiburon was maybe the first Hyundai that could sell itself on attributes other than price.
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 1.8L 130hp engine while the upscale FX received a 2.0L engine.
Second generation (2000-2001)
The 2000 and 2001 Tiburons manufactured from 1999 to 2001 are referred to as 2nd generation RD Tiburons (RD2’s) received a ’curious’ facelift. The same 140 hp 2.0L engine was carried over producing identical performance. Base weight was around 2,556lbs (1,159kg), giving the RD Tiburon a higher power to weight ratio than the newer GS 2.0L. ABS and sunroof were available in a package.
The second generation, still based on the popular Elantra, brings the Tiburon the power and acceleration its sporty looks promised, replacing the 140 horse four with a considerably more efficient, and quieter, 181 horse V6. Vibration is pretty much gone, and the Tiburon feels much more advanced. However, the interior is less friendly, and the looks are arguably less attractive. The Tiburon has been reshaped to look more like a Cougar or Celica.
Hyundai dropped the FX for 2000 and made 15-inch alloy wheels and power windows, mirrors and locks standard items on the base trim. The most significant change that year was the redesigned body. The front end featured 4 projector-beam headlights. The front fenders, rear end and taillights were also modified. Mechanically, nothing had changed. This Tiburon carried into 2001 and was then discontinued. There was no 2002 model.
Third generation (2002-present)
The third generation was introduced to some markets in 2002. Depending on the specific market, these were bagged as Tiburon, Coupe or as a Tuscani without reference to Hyundai. The Tiburon is all new for 2003 and it went on sale during the first quarter of 2002.
The new Tiburon was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001 and made its North American debut at the South Florida International Auto Show in October.
The big news for performance enthusiasts is that the Tiburon’s performance matches its good looks. For the first time, a powerful, high-tech V6 engine is available in the Tiburon. It’s the same strong, smooth all-aluminum DOHC 2.7-liter V6 used in the Hyundai Sonata and the hot-selling Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Rated at 170 horsepower, the engine can be fitted with another first time offering – a 6-speed manual transmission.
This combination, available in the GT V6, is fitted with the GT handling package that includes revised suspension and 17-inch wheels and tires. In factory track tests the GT V6 reached an electronically limited top speed of 132 mph.
The base Tiburon is equipped with the proven 2.0-liter DOHC engine, which delivers 134 horsepower. It is matched to a revised 5-speed manual transmission or an available 4-speed automatic Shiftronic transmission.
The new Tiburon is equipped with a revised, smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. Hyundai’s sporty 4-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual shift is available as an option.
The Tiburon GT V6 is also fitted with the revised 5-speed manual transmission and the 4-speed Shiftronic is also available. But, for the first time since the Tiburon was introduced in 1997, there is a 6-speed manual transmission available. Drivers who demand the best and love the ’snick-snick’ sound and feel of a precise 6-speed transmission will appreciate this option.
2008 Infiniti G37
The all-new 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe, which made its world debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, combines the exhilarating performance, stunning styling and modern, sporty interior of the original Infiniti G Coupe and accelerates each to new levels. Among the key enhancements to the new second-generation G Coupe are a larger, more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine, available advanced 4-Wheel Active Steer system, a dramatic new exterior design and a refined interior with intuitive, integrated technology.
Leading the enhancements to the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe is the first-ever application of the new 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift).
Estimated at 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, the new "VQ37VHR" contains approximately 35 percent new and unique parts from the new VQ35HR engine introduced in the 2007 G35 Sedan just last year. Both the Coupe’s VQ37VHR and the Sedan’s VQ35HR engines are based on the award-winning VQ engine series, named one of the "Ten Best Engines" by Ward’s Auto World magazine for 13 consecutive years.
Along with utilizing a larger displacement than the previous 3.5-liter powerplant, the G37 Coupe’s new VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. The VVEL system is also expected to improve emissions and fuel efficiency. The VVEL intake camshafts, featuring continuously variable lift control teamed with the Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 7,500 rpm redline.
With totally new looks, the newest BMW Coupe once again sets the benchmark for elegant design, luxury and value. In true BMW tradition, it also establishes a new standard of performance and driving dynamics with the introduction of an exceptional engine: the first inline six-cylinder with twin-turbochargers, high-precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase.
The performance potential of this new 300 horsepower engine ensures that the 335i Coupe offers a significant improvement in performance while maintaining a level of efficiency for which the BMW 3 Series is renowned. The 335i Coupe will be joined in the U.S. by the 230 horsepower 328i Coupe.
The first impression the new BMW 3 Series Coupe delivers is one of stylish elegance and powerful dynamics. Its long hood reflects BMW’s longstanding tradition of inline six-cylinder engines.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupe arrived in the U.S. with a choice of two six-cylinder engines including the world’s first inline six with twin turbo, high precision fuel injection, and an all-aluminum crankcase. It is the most powerful engine within BMW’s wide range of inline six driving machines that does not wear an “M” badge. This brand-new version develops maximum output of 300 hp in US-spec from 3.0 liters and generates peak torque of 300 lb-ft for powerful acceleration in any situation.
A further advantage of turbocharging is that this is the most economical option to boost engine power and performance. For example, the turbocharged inline six weighs approximately 150 lbs less than an equally powerful eight-cylinder displacing 4.0 liters. And this lower weight means a significant advantage not only in fuel economy, but also in balancing the weight distribution of the overall car.
This new high-performance engine gives the light, aerodynamically sculpted Coupe truly outstanding acceleration and flexibility on the road. The twin turbo powerplant in the BMW 335i Coupe develops its power and performance much more spontaneously than a turbocharged engine of conventional design. Thanks to their lower inertia, the two small turbochargers build up pressure much faster than a single, large turbocharger, thus eliminating even the slightest turbo “lag”.