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Hyundai gives its ageing sportscar a nip and tuck
28 Mar 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
The Tiburon arrived in 2002, adding some style to the budget-focused Hyundai stable. It was originally available with both a four-cylinder and V6, but slow sales meant the four was culled from the range two years later. Hyundai’s line-up has matured since the arrival of the Tiburon, with the arrival of new models like the Tucson and Getz as well new versions of the Sonata, Santa Fe, Elantra, Accent and Grandeur moving the brand forward. The Tiburon has been largely forgotten, but has now been given its second facelift which includes some cosmetic changes, new safety gear and a mild chassis tweak.
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Hyundai TiburonReleased: March 2002
Ended: March 2007
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Launched in March 2002, Hyundai’s third-generation front-wheel drive coupe was initially available in two engine guises: the slow-selling, slow-accelerating 102kW/181Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder (which died two years later), and a more involving 124kW/245Nm 2.7-litre V6. The Tiburon demonstrated Hyundai’s new-found maturity with a distinctive design, value, solid performance, refinement and a well-finished interior. From February 2005 it received a mild facelift including more aggressive exterior styling, interior updates and a $1000 price increase – despite a five per cent tariff reduction for imported vehicles.
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