• Jul 24, 2006
Spy shots of an updated 2008 Tiburon surfaced a couple of weeks ago, but the heavy covering obscured the visual tweaks Hyundai is planning for its front-wheel drive coupe. Today, however, Hyundai unveiled an updated version of the Coupe, known as the Tiburon in the U.S., at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China. Not much information is available, but we can see the modified front end sports new headlamps, a wide lower grille and small slit right above the license plate. From some angles it looks similar to a Mazda MX-3. The rear has also been updated with a wide expanse of black housing a pair of exhaust tips at the bottom and new taillights that are smaller than the current model's. There are reportedly no mechanical changes involved with this update, so the Tiburon will likely soldier on with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 2.7-liter V6. We can't say whether or not this is what the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon destined for the North American market will look like, but chances are it is.

(Check out more pics including live shots from the show and more official Hyundai pics after the jump)

[Source: autoblog.nl]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Saying RSX only had a 3 year run's like saying Rabbit is a totally new car in the VW lineup."

      -Ben your a moron, Acura did not realize they were going to move upmarket and discontinued a car that ran what? 36MONTHS?

      -Ben it's the RSX period, it's not like a "Toyota Camry Solara". When have you EVER seen a report where it says check out the totally new Acura Integra RSX?! YOUR a moron. Acura sales are also taking a shit, I wonder why.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well i have to say with all those comments just about everyone makes a good ponit but when it comes down to it nothing about the car has really changed a few new curves and some tail-lights....o the joy. They could have made it a bit faster to i mean if your going to have a horse power rating of 140-180 thats ok for a 4 cyl but out of a v6 2.7L (not that a 2.7L is a big deal) 240hp wouldn`t be to bad. The so called NEW look is nothing to look at and is very boring just another bubble look-a-like ready to be popped out on the streets or track. This is truely sad and hyundai should really step its game up, if at all only on the V6 models.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "which btw is one of THE most successful sports car ever existed."

      An Acura Integra a "sports car"?! Yeah ok their good buddy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really hope that they do not use this concept I love the 2003-2006 version body style. This car looks like every other coupe out there I would like them to keep the same look just different options.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Face it,

      The Integra basically had two bodystyles then it was canned. The RSX had 36months basically, then it was canned, wow sounds like real winners.

      Plus the last Integra went from what?! 1994 all the way to the intro of the RSX. If that was Chevy that waited that long you guys would chop their balls off.
      • 8 Years Ago
      is it 20k ? I think it's 15k at best.

      Civic Si and RSX will be having this for lunch.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi everyone, I just wanted you to know that i have posted a side-by-side comparison of the 2006 Tiburon against the 2008 Tiburon on my website. If you would like to see it, just go here: www.AutomoBlog.net. I'm not spamming or anything, I just though youwould like to see it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The tires would not 'pull' water under the center.
      The reason the Vee is oriented as it is, is because the tire contact patch is elliptical http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=3 and the voids are oriented to 'catch' this displaced water and move it through the tire.
      http://www.tirerack.com/tires/BigPic.jsp?sidewall=Blackwall&tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Eagle+F1+GS-D3


      • 8 Years Ago
      Sigh... the point, naturally, being that the Tiburon, Si, and Viper are very different vehicles that should really be experienced first-hand before you make blanket statements about them.

      You still haven't answered my questions about driving any of the aforementioned cars, so I'm going to assume you haven't. If and when you do, you'll see what I've been talking about.

      In the meantime, I'd rather not degenerate this thread with juvenile bickering, so, /discussion please...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "47. Kinda have to agree with PJ and others here that the RSX is not a "flop"."

      If Acura could not have seen a lousy 3-4 years ago that this car would be the odd duck in the lineup, and 3-4 years later it is discontinued it WAS a FLOP.

      Acura should have seen it was going "upmarket" and Acura is actually doing pretty shitty right now as far as overall brand sales are concerned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ryan, Christian, this isn't meant to be insulting, but have you spent any time on a track?

      You'd be surprised how well a well-tuned $20K sport-compact will keep up with big names on an autocross or tight road course. I've seen well-set-up SE-Rs give 350Z drivers fits on track days, and Miatas devour M3s on an autocross course. It's a matter of horses for courses--having 500 HP doesn't guarantee that you'll *always* dominate.

      Even that's missing the point, though, IMO. What makes a performance car has little to do with HP figures, lap times, or how much money you spent. None of that tells you about tactile sensations, control feedback, chassis balance, throttle response, et cetera, and that's what makes a performance car in my mind.

      Show me a winding mountain road, a ten-year-old Miata, and a brand-new Benz E55 AMG, and the Mazda would be a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned.
      • 8 Years Ago
      '"And as a performance machine"
      Are we still talking about a Honda Civic?'

      0.90g lateral acceleration--same as a Dodge Viper. Yes, it is a performance machine.
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