If this was brought to its northern border American market in 1997, the Hyundai Tiburon signified Hyundai's first resolve for supplying not only value-oriented but bland economy cars. This coupe-styled, two-door hatchback, though less refined or as performance-oriented as a number of its rivals, was remarkably affordable and demonstrated that Hyundai was seriously interested in changing its image. With time, the Tiburon (the title means "shark" in The spanish language) enhanced both in looks and gratifaction.
Sharp styling, available V6 power, generous standard equipment list, reasonable price, great warranty.
Considerable weight takes it toll on performance, thirsty at the pumps in V6 form.
The Tiburon's base 2.0-liter inline four has been fitted with continuously variable valve timing. As a result, horsepower creeps up slightly to 138; torque also rises to 136 pound-feet. The base Tiburon now features a standard rear spoiler. The Tiburon GT V6 Special Edition is a late 2004 introduction, and comes loaded with most of the GT's options as standard equipment, as well as unique trim and badging.