Hyundai Tiburon Coupe

The 2008 Hyundai Tiburon follows up its 2007 redesign by building on its unique combination of styling, performance and value. All 2008 Tiburons come standard with an all-new 220-watt Kenwood AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio®/CD/MP3 audio system, which includes three months of free service. Tiburon is the first sports coupe to offer XM as standard equipment, following in the footsteps of Sonata, Santa Fe, Azera, Veracruz and Elantra, all of which received standard XM in 2007.

Tiburon’s packaging remains unchanged for 2008: the stylish and affordable GS, the high-performance SE, and the refined GT and GT Limited. The SE model features a unique track-tuned sport suspension, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Brake Assist. The sport suspension includes stiffer springs and firmer damper control, providing an agile, responsive driving experience that belies its high-value price point.

Tiburon is defined by its dynamic and aggressive styling. Starting with classic coupe proportions, Hyundai’s designers added a long hood with muscular character lines, projector headlights and an aggressive front bumper fascia. A wedge-like silhouette extends back from the front wheel openings into the tail lights. The attention-grabbing side strake garnish provides design continuity with the body character line in the front valance. A track-inspired rear 
diffuser and bright dual exhausts further connote speed and power. 

With its cross-drilled front brake rotors, high spoiler and wheel design, the Tiburon SE evokes motorsports performance capabilities as it accelerates out of view.

Tiburon is defined by its dynamic and aggressive styling. Starting with classic coupe proportions, Hyundai’s designers added a long hood with muscular character lines, projector headlights and an aggressive front bumper fascia. A wedge-like silhouette extends back from the front wheel openings into the tail lights. The attention-grabbing side strake garnish provides design continuity with the body character line in the front valance. A track-inspired rear 
diffuser and bright dual exhausts further connote speed and power. 

With its cross-drilled front brake rotors, high spoiler and wheel design, the Tiburon SE evokes motorsports performance capabilities as it accelerates out of view.

At Hyundai, performance driving begins with safety and the 2008 Tiburon includes a wide range of both active and passive safety features. 



In terms of passive safety, the Tiburon has strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements, and five-mph energy-absorbing bumpers. The hood also includes buckling creases and safety stops.



Inside, you’ll find driver and front passenger advanced frontal airbags, along with front seat-mounted side airbags. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and force limiters, and the rear seats feature LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), which make affixing child safety seats easier.



All Tiburon models feature standard four-channel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance under various dynamic loading conditions. Larger front 12-inch cross-drilled rotors are standard on the SE. 



The Tiburon SE has standard ESC, one of the industry’s most effective life-saving technologies. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) studies show vehicles equipped with ESC experience 56 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes. Tiburon SE’s ESC system also includes Brake Assist, which provides maximum ABS-level braking force when a panic stop is detected.

Tiburon’s fun-to-drive natures starts with its capable MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension. The front suspension uses fade-resistant gas-filled hydraulic struts and a stabilizer bar to control body roll. The multi-link rear system precisely controls chassis movement via gas-filled hydraulic shocks and a stabilizer bar. Advantages of the multi-link rear suspension include optimized rear suspension geometry for enhanced handling and braking stability. 



Precise power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is tuned for responsive handling. Also standard are 205/55R16 performance tires on the Tiburon GS and wider 215/45R17 performance rubber on the GT, SE and GT Limited.



While all Tiburon models offer a fun and sporty driving experience, the high-performance Tiburon SE is a most willing partner for the true enthusiast. The SE’s track-tuned sport suspension features a 13 percent stiffer front spring rate, 10 percent stiffer rear spring rate and unique strut valving. Tiburon SE delivers a 32 percent increase in roll control over the GS. Superb structural rigidity sets the foundation for precisely-tuned handling performance in all Tiburons.

The 2008 Tiburon’s power trip starts with Hyundai’s advanced DOHC 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. Standard equipment on the Tiburon GS, this engine technology includes four valves per cylinder with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), which improves both horsepower at high rpm and torque at low rpm, while also reducing NOx emissions.



Matching transmissions include a fun-to-shift five-speed manual and an available four-speed automatic with Hyundai’s SHIFTRONIC® control system – a distinct advantage in the Tiburon’s class. Both engines offers crisp acceleration coupled with excellent fuel economy. Fuel economy for 2008 is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway with manual transmission – 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway with the automatic.



Standard on the 2008 Tiburon GT, SE and GT Limited is a powerful all-aluminum 2.7-liter V6. This DOHC, 24-valve engine is rated at 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 181 lbs.-ft. of torque at a low 3,800 rpm. The generous torque at low engine speeds particularly benefits the driver in such daily driving challenges as initial acceleration, merging with freeway traffic, high-speed passing and hill climbing.



A standard five-speed manual transmission takes full advantage of the V6’s additional power, while a six-speed ZF manual underpins the Tiburon SE. A four-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC is available on the GT and GT Limited. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for both the Tiburon GT and GT Limited, regardless of transmission. The new SE yields 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

Source: Hyundai press

Be part of something big

Hyundai Tiburon Coupe