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All About the Hyundai Tiburon GT

All About the Hyundai Tiburon GT

The Hyundai Tiburon GT is a compact coupe that started production in the second generation of the Tiburon in 2003.  The Tiburon is Hyundai’s sports coupe, a two door with sleek styling that changed Hyundai’s reputation as a economy sedan manufacturer.  Meaning shark in Spanish, the Tiburon started production in 1996, but it wasn’t until 2003 that the Hyundai Tiburon GT made an appearance in the lineup.

The Hyundai Tiburon GT is one of three trim levels available on the second generation model lineup, although the third trim level, the SE did not appear for the first few years of production.  For 2003 and 2004 there were only the base model and the Hyundai Tiburon GT which came with a more powerful V6 engine.  AS of 2005, the third trim level was added above the GT.  The GT had a V-6 engine, 17 inch wheels, and a five speed manual transmission.  Only the SE level offered a six speed.

As the mid-level model, the Hyundai Tiburon GT was a popular choice for those who wanted more power and more options at an affordable price.  In keeping with Hyundai’s reputation as a economical car company, the Hyundai Tiburon GT was priced reasonably and competed with other entry level sports coupes on the foreign car market.  It also provided enough power to ensure the car could perform well in competition with others in its class.  The Hyundai Tiburon GT never quite managed to gain the reputation of other foreign sports coupes in the United States and around the world, but because of its price point still sold respectably well.

The Hyundai Tiburon GT was manufactured until 2008, when Hyundai pulled it out the lineup; however, there have been statements that the company plans to bring in back into production.  In 2010 another sports coupe, the Genesis, was released by Hyundai, but company representatives have said that it is not intended to replace the Tiburon.

Because of the low original pricing, the Hyundai Tiburon GT is easy to find at a very affordable price on the used car market.  This makes it popular among young drivers who want something with a sports coupe look and the power to go with it, but can’t afford some of the higher end models on the market.  As a result, the Hyundai Tiburon GT sells well in the used car market.

In some markets, the Hyundai Tiburon GT was named the Tuscani, and in others simply the Hyundai Coupe.  The cars produced for the European market did not have the same trim levels, and there the Hyundai Tiburon GT offered different standard trim.  There were also several special editions of the Tiburon released, such as the F2 and the F2 Evolution.

Although it did not do much to affect the sales of already popular coupes from companies like Honda, the Hyundai Tiburon GT did make changes to the way the world saw Hyundai.  It brought the Korean car company into the same playing field as some of the other large car companies and entered them into the lucrative world of coupes.

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