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


It has been rumoured that the third generation model was quite heavily influenced by the Ferrari 456 design by Pininfarina

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