Although commonly refered to as the 2003 Tiburon, the third generation model went on sale in 2002. This is a significant redesign rather than a facelift of the previous edition although has been facelifted in 2005 and a further final facelift has been displayed at the 2006 motorshow in China. The 1.6 litre variant is visually identified by a single exhaust rather than twin exhausts (one at each side). The third generation is commonly refered to as the GK.
Three engine choices are offered, although not in all markets.
- 1.6 inline 4 cylinder Alpha
105 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 143 N·m @ 4,500 rpm.
- 2.0 inline 4 cylinder Beta II featuring variable valve timing on the inlet valves (CVVT)
145 hp at 6000 rpm and 184 N·m (138 ft·lbf) of torque at 4500 rpm.
- 2.7 V6 Delta
173 hp @ 6000 rpm and 245 N·m (181 ft·lbf) @ 3800 rpm.
These are manufacturers quoted figures:
- 1.6 Litre
Acceleration 0-60mph: 11.6 Seconds Top Speed: 115mph
- 2.0 Litre
Acceleration 0-60mph: 9.2 Seconds Top Speed: 128mph
- 2.7 Litre
Acceleration 0-60mph: 8.2 Seconds Top Speed: 136mph
It should be noted that the manufacturers performance figures are considered particularly conservative and much lower acceleration times of approximately a second less have been recorded in many road tests by motor magazines. The car is available with a five or six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.
Equipment and safetyEdit
The exact specification will depends on model and the market where it is sold but these are some of the features available:
- ABS Brakes, Dual Circuit with brake force distribution
- Front (variable rate) airbags and side airbags
- Side impact protection bars
- ESP Stability Control
- Traction Control
- Electric windows, sunroof
- Heated front seats
- Trip Computer
- Air Conditioning / Climate Control
- Leather / Half-leather / Cloth interior
- Sports seats
- Alloy wheels (normally 16" or 17")
- Additional guages featuring torque, fuel consumption and voltage