Hyundai, the South Korean automotive giant, has always aimed to diversify its portfolio to cater to various market segments. One of its forays into the sporty car segment resulted in the introduction of the Hyundai Coupe, known in many markets as the Tiburon. The vehicle represented Hyundai’s ambition to establish a sporty identity in its lineup.
Over its two-generation run, the Coupe was powered by a range of engines from 1.6-liter inline-fours to a more robust 2.7-liter V6.
The V6 variant, particularly in the later models, produced around 172 horsepower, offering spirited performance for the segment.
With sleek lines, a low stance, and an aerodynamic profile, the Coupe’s design was distinctly sporty. The vehicle's look evolved with its second generation, adopting a more aggressive and contemporary aesthetic.
While not as opulent as luxury sports cars, the interior of the Coupe was designed with comfort and functionality in mind. Later models featured a more refined cabin with improved materials and ergonomics.
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While not in the realm of high-performance sports cars, the V6 versions, in particular, offered brisk acceleration, ensuring it wasn’t left behind in the fast lane.
Hyundai equipped the Coupe with a decent sound system and, in later models, more advanced infotainment options.
Standard safety features included dual front airbags, with ABS and traction control available in some models and trims.
While especially popular in markets like Europe and North America, the Coupe garnered a worldwide fanbase. Its sporty appeal combined with Hyundai's reputation for reliability made it an attractive proposition.
While Hyundai never targeted the Coupe to be a mass-market best-seller like some of its other models, it consistently posted respectable sales numbers throughout its life cycle.