Hyundai Tiburon Engines

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Hyundai Motor Company marketed the Tiburon from 1996 to 2008 as part of its sports car line. The vehicle actually fell into the sport compact classification and was available in a two-door coupe configuration. Many considered the car a two-passenger vehicle with space in the rear seat limited to children or very uncomfortable adults. The Tiburon maintained a front engine, front-wheel drive configuration through its entire production.



The initial design of the Hyundai Tiburon lasted about five years and offered purchasers the choice of two engines. The standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder was rated at about 130 horsepower. Buyers choosing the FX package received a 2.0-liter engine. This engine was also a four-cylinder and gasoline powered but produced an additional 10 horsepower. Buyers could choose a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission with either engine.

A redesign after the 200s model year changed the engine choices available to the Tiburon buyer. The base engine was 2.0-liter engine with a 138 horsepower rating. The GT models received a 2.7-liter, v-6 power plant with a 172 horsepower rating. The transmission choices were expanded to include a six-speed manual option. These engine options remained in place until the vehicle line was discontinued in 2008.

In some markets where fuel economy was an emphasis, the Hyundai Tiburon was available with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. This engine produced some amazing performances with a top speed of 131 miles per hour while boasting nearly 37 miles per gallon.

Hyundai marketed this car internationally. The nameplate Tiburon, Spanish for shark, was used in the North American, Australian and African markets. European buyers would have found the car marketed as the Hyundai Coupe while domestic buyers in South Korea found the car labeled as the Tuscani.

As a sports compact, performance was a priority for the engineers designing the Hyundai Tiburon. The first generation of the car had a top speed of about 125 miles per hour when equipped with optional 2.0-liter engine.

The second generation of the car stepped up the performance. Cars equipped with the 2.7-liter engine could reach 135 mph and had a 0-60 acceleration of 8 seconds. The cars performance along with style details like spoilers and aluminum wheels made the car popular with sports car enthusiasts.