Tiburon’s real appeal is that it is a grand tourer with everyday ease of driving, rather than a raw-boned, comfort-compromised sports car needing tiresomely high revs to deliver performance, according to
C.K.Liew, Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Automotive Distributors Australia.
"Tiburon is a definite style statement, but goes well beyond
at-me with its very sporty dynamics and, especially the V6, a healthy dose of user-friendly performance, delivered with big-engine effortlessness.
"Another reason for its effortlessness is that although it’s longer, wider, taller and roomier than the earlier Coupe, Tiburon is more aerodynamically efficient than the Toyota Celica and Ford's
Cougar, even Audi's TT, so it cuts through the air more cleanly and, importantly, more quietly. Its 0.342 Coefficient of Drag is a seven per cent improvement over Coupe.
"Hyundai engineers also tuned the all-independent suspension to provide handling and agility appropriate for sports driving, including specifying premium German gas shock absorbers and building in plenty of noise suppression to ensure a quiet ride.
"With its style, features and performance, we expect Tiburon will appeal to a broader range of males and females from their mid-20s right through to empty-nesters in their fifties, including some in higher socio-economic groups, judging by the very enthusiastic reaction of focus groups we have conducted with Tiburon and its competitors.
"Hyundai has cars which appeal to both the mass market, such as Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe and increasingly, to various niche markets such as Terracan, Trajet and now Tiburon as the glamour entry," Mr Liew said.
Just two models - Tiburon and Tiburon V6 comprise the range.
Tiburon is powered by a variant of Elantra's 2.0-litre twin-cam ‘Beta’ 16-valve, four-cylinder engine.
Tiburon V6 packs the punch of Hyundai’s 2.7 litre all-alloy
cam ‘Delta’ V6, marking it as Hyundai’s first six cylinder sports car and also its first car with a six-speed manual gearbox, and a
close-ratio one at that.
In automatic form, both Tiburon models offer the extra fun and control of Selectronic sequential clutchless manual mode.
Tiburon's V6 delivers up to 127kW of power at 6000rpm, maximum torque of 245Nm at 4000rpm and the manual can sprint from 0-100 km/h in a brisk 8.2 seconds, 0-400m in 15.8 seconds and stretch to 220 km/h on appropriate NT roads in appropriate conditions.
For Tiburon, the V6 gains new, Hyundai-patent-applied-for, "Non-Twist" crankshaft casting technology incorporating six counterweights, improving production reliability & further refining engine running.
Tiburon V6's six-speed transmission is the Japanese Aichi MFA60 unit also used (with different ratios) in Toyota & Nissan sporties. Tiburon's ratios are quite closely spaced to deliver an agreeably progressive rate of acceleration. The manual shift lever for both six and five-speed transmissions is 26mm shorter and its throws
38mm less than with Coupe.
Despite its performance credentials, Tiburon V6 is still fuel
efficient, with the V6 automatic using just 7.0 litres/100km of 91 RON ULP on the standard AS2877 test highway cycle and 11.0 around town, while the more performance-geared six-speed manual uses 7.6 and 11.5 l/100km respectively.
Tiburon's "Beta" 2.0 litre twin cam engine develops healthy maxima of 102kW of power at 6000rpm and 181Nm of torque at4500rpm/300rpm less than before and enough to propel the manual from rest to 100kph in 9.2 seconds and to 400m in 16.3 seconds. The engine is a long stroker and has a good spread of torque from low revs.
In Tiburon, this engine picks up the raft of engineering upgrades which greatly refined it for Elantra, hardly any part of the engine being left untouched.
Hyundai's German Technical Center tuned Tiburon's
independent suspension and steering to the art-form standards required of a sporty car in Europe.
Steering directness was increased with just 2.6 turns lock-to-lock for a 10.88 m turning circle between kerbs and wheel feel sharpened via increased caster, optimized geometry and relocating the front stabilizer bar outer mountings on the upper strut body via an up-link rather than on the lower control arms.
Springs and dampers were retuned to achieve more sophisticated handling prowess. German Sachs gas dampers are fitted all round and the fronts have an ultra low velocity control valve for extra high speed stability without harshness.
At the rear, the lateral links are now longer - their inner pivots much closer to the car’s centreline - to reduce camber change. The rearmost pair of links are now adjustable rods instead of shorter fixed length pressed steel arms. New, conical springs with increased offset were introduced.
Tiburon has an all-new, stronger & bigger body shell with reinforced one-piece B-pillar/side rail pressings, uprated lower dash crossbar & seven-way offset front crash energy path.
A new, separate front end perimeter frame is added, which carries the powertrain, suspension and steering rack assembly.
Noise, Vibration & Harshness were improved in Tiburon, not only by the stiffer body, but also by :
-mounting the powertrain via hydraulic (not rubber) mounts to a new bush-insulated separate front end
-re-engineering the steering column to reduce steering wheel and floor
-fitting new 4-chamber, double layer weatherstrips to cut windnoise; and
-applying a more comprehensive set of sound pad insulators around the car including in the pillars, roofside and doorsill rails and an eight-layer firewall pad.
Standard equipment for both models includes pollen-filtering air conditioning, driver and front passenger airbags, four-wheel disc brakes, engine immobiliser, remote central locking with alarm, electric windows and door mirrors, a quality six-speaker radio/CD player and a trip computer.
The driver's seat offers adjustable height and lumbar support and the passenger seat has a memory return to its pre-set position after flipping forward for kerbside access to the rear seats. The two rear seat backs split 50/50 and fold forward for that odd extra big load.
Tiburon is well-wheeled with chunky five-spoke design 16" alloy wheels with low profile 205/55-series tyres.
Apart from its V6 boot badge, Tiburon V6 is identifiable via its bigger 17" alloys shod with yet lower profile 215/45-series unidirectional tyres and its subtle rear wing.
The V6 also adds unseen but effective four-channel ABS anti-skid brakes with electronic brake force distribution. Interior clues include a leather trimmed steering-wheel rim and auto gearshift knob, three auxiliary gauges (measuring torque, volts and rate of fuel usage) in the centre dash, a cruise control stalk on the steering wheel and a package net in the boot.
Tiburon offers a surprising variety of clever storage options including an air-conditioned-cooled retractable cup holder, rubber lift-out sleeved recesses for a second cup and a mobile phone, a roof console with sunglasses holder (and map lights), a lidded centre console bin with special CD stowage, ticket slots (and vanity mirrors) in both sun visors, a lidded recess by the right rear seat, a wet lift-out tray in the spare wheel centre and in the V6 an elasticized luggage net stretched across the now tri-fold floor of the unusually big boot.
Sex appeal Tiburon has a plenty but of course it's safe. The body's seven-way offset front crash energy path is designed to absorb and spread crash energy away from occupants, the driver and front passenger have airbags and seatbelts with pre-tensioners,
limiters and adjustable upper mounts, special impact-absorbing ribbed cushioning on all pillars aims to reduce head injuries and a new design of collapsible steering column helps minimize the risk of chest injuries.
For Tiburon, the all wheel disc brakes are upgraded with bigger and thicker 280 x 26mm front ventilated rotors and improved rear calipers and pads. The V6 gains four-channel ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) with a bigger 8" and 9" tandem boosted master cylinder.