2007 Hyundai Tiburon Review
By KBB.com Editors
What's Significant About This Car?
Hyundai has a winner with the redesign of its Tiburon sports coupe, which certainly qualifies for the fun-to-drive description. As part of Hyundai's efforts to update and upgrade most of its current vehicles, the new Tiburon excels in providing the driver with an exhilarating, exuberant ride, and the upper-end SE model, in particular, delivers an exceptional package. Three other trim options include the base GS, a refined-performance GT and the more fully-equipped GT Limited.
You'll Like This Car If...
You'll like this car if you want to kick over the traces, knife through six manual gears, crank up the acceleration and enjoy a dose of sporty performance. If you like plenty of dials, gauges and leather-accented seats, you'll like the SE model.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You may not like this car if you need more rear seating, since legroom back there is minimal; but, if that's the case, you're probably shopping for something else anyway.
Most of the good stuff is under the hood, while the exterior and interior exhibit a few cosmetic changes. The addition of gunmetal-toned accents and MP3 capability should appeal to buyers in the sports car category. New, too, for 2007 are the Tiburon SE's safety features, including stability and traction control.
Driving the Tiburon
The SE's powertrain of a responsive V6 teamed with a six-speed manual transmission delivers crisp performance, and the chassis matches that with precise handling. Enthusiastic driving shows commendable balance and...
the capability of the new suspension, even though the increased stiffness does result in some harshness over bumps and potholes. With handling and braking stability optimized by the multi-link suspension, tighter spring calibration and anti-roll bars, this sports coupe should satisfy the enthusiasts.
The SE's 2.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission are a great combination for those who enjoy spirited driving. The short shifter, positioned far enough forward to avoid hitting your elbow on the center armrest, delivers reasonably smooth action and takes little effort to change gears with ease and accuracy. The deep-throated engine growl stays consistent through all six gears.
Hyundai's warranty coverage, including a 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile new-vehicle warranty and 5-year/unlimited roadside assistance program, is among the most generous in the U.S.
2007 Hyundai Tiburon Details
A vertical display panel holds a blue backlit, gunmetal-trimmed instrument cluster that includes gauges for torque and instantaneous fuel consumption, as well as a voltmeter. The tachometer, speedometer and trip meters are located in front of the driver and the short, tab-like cruise-control switch on the steering wheel is handy to use. Visibility is substantial despite the rear spoiler that divides the view through the large hatchback window. Gunmetal trim on the doors coordinates with the dash design, presenting an integrated and thoughtful environment.
Most of the new styling is on the front end, with projector headlights, a more muscular hood and the front fenders and grille area having a slightly more aerodynamic and sleek appearance. The rear, with its hatchback, has new taillights, a rear diffuser and dual chrome exhausts. The rest of the exterior is styled to roadster tastes without the ragtop. Wedge-shaped, the silhouette is classic sports coupe.
The Tiburon SE, the sportiest version, has a lot of standard equipment that often costs extra on the competition, such as air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry with alarm, 17-inch alloy wheels, four airbags and a Kenwood(r) AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers. Convenient features that are standard on the entire line include a timed rear window defroster, heated outside mirrors, tire pressure monitoring system, fog lights and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The mechanical components are what set the SE apart: electronic stability control, a track-tuned sport suspension, cross-drilled brake rotors and aluminum front brake calipers. Standard on the GS, GT and GT Limited is a five-speed manual transmission.
The Tiburon's optional tilt-and-slide sunroof allows in fresh air and sunshine. Aside from floor mats and a cargo net for the trunk, few other options are available on the SE, but little else is necessary. However, the GS, GT and GT Limited are available with a four-speed automatic transmission, and an Infinity(r) AM/FM/6-CD/MP3 and subwoofer is standard on the GT Limited and optional on the GT.
Under the Hood
The SE, GT and GT Limited are fitted with a 2.7-liter, V6 DOHC 24-valve engine with 172 horsepower. The Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) spreads the power broadly, although the SE's EPA fuel economy of 18/26 city/highway doesn't match some of Hyundai's more economical models. The GS has a 2.0-liter, 138-horsepower in-line 4-cylinder engine, with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. torque @4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 (manual), 22/30 (automatic)
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
181 lb.-ft. torque @3800 rpm
EPA city/highway: 19/27 (5-speed manual), 18/26 (6-speed manual), 19/26 (automatic)
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