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We've had rumors and spy shots before, but up until now we really didn't have any confirmation that Hyundai's new Tiburon replacement would switch from a pull-me to a push-me. With the new rwd platform that the company recently developed for its Genesis luxury sedan, it was expected that the next generation of affordable sports car from Korea would ditch its fwd layout and get some true sports car manners. Well, Hyundai just confirmed that when that car shows up in late 2008 or early 2009, it will indeed be rear-wheel drive.

As predicted, the car will share its rwd platform with the already-announced Genesis sedan, which we should see in about a year. The Tiburon replacement should show up half a year to a year after the sedan, and might even come as a convertible. In fact, there is also a suggestion that we'll be seeing several models based on this platform. We're not sure if the coupe will share the sedan's new V8 in addition to the expected V6, but it would make an interesting competitor for the Mustang if it did. Hyundai has officially said no, but there are still whispers, and if not a V8, some kind of boosted V6 in the top models might suffice.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req.]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Those pics of the engine look like a Direct Ignition (coil packs instead of distributor) Turbo I4 to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with this statement, that looks like an I4 turbo. I don't know why everyone is throwing V6 and V8 left and right...
      • 7 Years Ago
      cant frigggiing wait.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the record:

      The 350Z Enthusiast model has a listed curb weight of 3,344. The Mustang GT Deluxe has a listed curb weight of 3,356 pounds. So all the talk about a big, bloated Mustang vs a lightweight 350Z is nonsense.

      Base Invoice on a 350Z Enthisiast model is $28,974. There are no current rebates or incentives.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai is making rapid advances. They have come from manufacturereing marginal products to manufacturing very real competitors.
      If it is a quality product, the RWD coupe will be great for the consumer...more competition ...better deals? Hope this will be the case.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really doubt this will do any better than the Tiburon saleswise.

      Is the US really hungry for a Korean Kamaro? I don't think so, especially with a new, stylish and affordable Camaro on the horizon as well as the Mustang. Nissan also has the Altima and 350Z coupes for it to contend with.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Base Camaro might be affordable but not the top of the line model.
        Camaro and Mustang have the retro look which isnt bad but this will be the only affordable rwd coupe that will have the non-retro modern look.

        As for someone who mentioned rx-8 and 350z, those cars are no where near affordable. 230HP ish rx-8 for around 30K no thanks. Base 350z = around 27K which can be haggled down to around high 25 to low 26 if you get lucky.

        Im sure this coupe will undercut competitors
        • 7 Years Ago
        Guess what... those companies "long traditions" had to start somewhere. I am sure there was someone back then saying the same thing and that person missed out. I suggest drving it before making a final decision. I am excited to see how it turns out. It could be a big turd which would suck and I would slam them all the same for it. I just want to see if they can produce a fun, safe, RWD product at a cheap price point with a long warranty. Please answer this question: Who would not want that? - BTW - If some Hyundai exec is reading this... that should be the focus for your advertising in regards to this product. Hire me. No seriously. Do it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd be more than happy to pay for those cars which are from two companies with a long tradition of making sports cars. I don't sports cars for 'cheap'. I buy them for the driving experience.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a great time for driving enthusiasts! With the new 370Z, G37, etc. just over the horizon. Pure awesomeness! If this car comes with the 3.8L Lambda and weighs around 2900~3050.....I will.....scream!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's the problem. you guys aren't setting realistic expectations. Don't forget, Hyundai needs to make a profit. If you were Hyundai, would you really make a 2-door coupe with RWD, great handling, and a turbo 4 and sell it for 21k 25k? are you guys freaking serious. Be realistic and you wont be disappointed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dude, 30k?!? That's Evo territory... 24k? - WRX territory...both of these cars will eat the Hyundai for lunch. This thing better be under around 20k with the Si and GTI.

        Even so, it'll be a tough sell... BMW has had decades to get the RWD formula right, Ford may never get it right... I bet it'll take a few iterations for Hyundai to make a competent RWD "fun to drive" vehicle. That said, it's always exciting to see a new player in the RWD game!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ UltraP

        those were bad comparisons. BMW cars were too expensive, and Ford put RWD in a car with crap suspension, the mustang with a live rear axle. with IRS, a decent hp number, this car could be a killer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Tiburon is going to come sell in front-wheel drive until about 2010 and the new rear-wheel Genesis Coupe will come out in 2008 Q1/Q2. They will both sell side by side until 2010 at which point they will only sell the Genesis. I just confirmed this info with the regional sales rep.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder where people who are already indicting the new Tib as "heavy" or "underpowered" are getting their secret info. from?

      And uhh, there is a difference btwn a true sports car and a touring car (the new Tib seems to fit into the latter category).
      • 7 Years Ago
      This time, the output should be at least 250 bhp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hurrah for those guys. I sure hope it doesn't exhibit a lot of understee... oh wait...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those spy shots clearly show a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine in addition to the rwd layout. How come no one picked up on, and reported this fact. That is quite a change and can lead to a lot of speculation...interesting and fun speculation!
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