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click on above image to view 6 spy shots of the new Hyundai RWD Coupe

Hyundai has just confirmed that the successor to the Tiburon will be a rear-wheel-drive coupe, so we can now stop the speculation that the prototype seen in spy shots for the past few months is a new model completely unrelated to the next-gen Tib. While the Tibby was a fine looking coupe, its appearance couldn't change the fact that it was wrong-wheel-drive. The new car will be a proper rear-wheel-drive coupe, and as these new spy shots reveal, it's closer to production than we think. Hyundai states it could appear as soon as late 2008 or early 2009, in fact.

KGP Photography caught the new RWD Tiburon testing in Death Valley, U.S.A., and while most of the design's details are shrouded by covers, the general silhouette of the new car is true to the shape of the current car. It looks larger in all dimensions, particularly width, and the tires are fatter than anything found on a current Hyundai car. We also dig some upscale touches spotted like the turn signals mounted on the side-view mirrors and the projector beam lamps.

Since we know the new Tiburon will share its RWD platform with the upcoming Genesis luxury sedan, we can also assume that the coupe will at least be offered with a V8 like its four-door brother. Further evidence to support this assumption is the fact that KGP spotted a Ford Mustang in the Hyundai prototype's caravan, no doubt along for the ride as a benchmark.

[Photos: KGP Photography]





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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai is knocking out some great looking pieces. I am taking a 'wait and see' approach on the powertrain and performance. It's not a big deal when Hyundai puts out a Veracruz, Santa Fe, Sonata or Azera that'll compete with their competition, but Hyundai has never had to ride performance-wise with the big boys like the Infinitii or a Bimmer. It's gonna be a major stretch for Hyundai to crank out a Tib that'll drive with them but if they do, this will give Hyundai some serious cred with even the biggest Hyundai-haters.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mustang drives like a POS? Since when? The Mustang is made by a company which has decades of racing and sports-car building experience. Hyundai has barely any experience in making a sports car and I can bet it will get spanked by any car from the Civic Si and up in the handling department.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Allow me to clarify. The Mustang drives like a POS because it is a POS. It's sloppy, heavy, plasticky, has a solid rear axle, mushy brakes and distant steering. The only thing it has going for it are retro looks (if you like them) and brute power on the cheap in V8 form.

        Let's wait to judge tyhe Hyundai until we drive it. At least it'll come with an independent rear suspension, like just about every other car in this class since 1995...except the Mustang, of course.

        -SimianSpeedster
        • 7 Years Ago
        They have NEVER made one for the public! That includes ride AND handling. The competition is higher when people buy for more than price, which is Hyundai's ONLY advantage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If Hyundai can draw upon this:

        http://youtube.com/watch?v=vXIz8P1bdLc

        Then the car will be worth the test drive. Save the hate for the playerhaters ball.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hyundai has several World Rally Championships to its credit. You'd think with all the people posting their contempt for NASCAR, while espousing their vast knowledge and love for all other forms of racing, someone would have pointed this out previously. Then again, it's not surprising that those with all the "racing knowledge" would also be the ones claiming Hyundai would not have the know-how to make a car handle. It wouldn't be Autoblog then, would it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, not much love for the Mustang around here huh?
      Anyway, I think the front end will look a lot like the Elantra http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/7/7b/20070108195120!Hyundai-Elantra-wagon.jpg
      Also the back looks really chunky like the new eclipse. I HOPE it turns out to be a fun tuner platform, but I think for that to work they need a 6 cyl in the lineup and it needs to have decent handling to begin with.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gee real smart analytical skills.. (rolls eyes) Like Hyundai is going to use a previous elantra design for the next gen rwd coupe.

        It's as ridiculous as saying that the next gen pontiac G6 is going to use the front end of an early 90's pontiac grand am.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For those of us that remember when Hyundai first appeared on the scene and all the smack talk they endured for years. This is suh-weet news. If they can nail the performance tuning, and their track record shows that they most likely will, I would seriously consider buying a Hyundai. Did I just say that I would consider buying a Huyandai? Boy, times sure have changed from the 1980's...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm thinking power will be the big 3.8 and maybe either a turbo or supercharged version as well. If it did get the V8 and a $30k price tag I think I found my next coupe
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai is making what the Eclipse should've evolved to -- available turbo and RWD. This car will definately be on my list to replace my Eclipse GS-T.
      • 7 Years Ago
      O EM JEE
      This is looking GREAT!
      -drools
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to wonder about the Mustang tagging along too.

      Hyundai has made a point lately of engineering their cars upmarket......drawing comparisons between BMW and Lexus. Why would they be aiming for the Mustang with this car? I figured they would be looking at the 3-series or G37 as the benchmark for the class. Its not that the Mustang is a bad car, but I have to imagine that Hyundai is looking for a higher level of refinement on this Genesis based platform.
        • 7 Years Ago
        perhaps the mustang is only for straight-line acceleration comparisons? Even the current Tiburon handles better than the mustang, so i doubt they'd have much use for a mustang other than to see how power matches up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Uhh, the Korean import duties on autos is 8% (it's 6% in Canada) and due to the high value of the won - sales of imports in Korea have exploded (well, at least for Japanese and European makes).

      Last year, Lexus overtook BMW in sales and the Honda CR-V is the best-selling import model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is a really shrewd move on Hyundai's part. Consider the current competition in the likely price range of this (I'm guessing $26-34K depending on config):

      1) The next generation Accord Coupe will try to funnel ~270HP through the front wheels

      2) Solara? Scion tC? Toyota's has no product in this class.

      3) The Mitsubishi Eclipse is growing long in tooth and it's not too sporty anyhow

      4) The Nissan Altima Coupe pushes 270HP through the front wheels.

      5) The WRX and Evo are a different kettle of fish for a different audience

      6) The Ford Mustang is built like utter plastic crap and drives like a POS

      Of course the devil is in the details, but it's possible that this car's greatest competition will come from the BMW 1 Series, the Nissan Z and the Infinity G37 Coupe, and who ever thought we'd be saying that about a Hyundai?

      -SimianSpeedster
        • 7 Years Ago
        It will also be a competition for the RX-8.
        I am skeptical that they will really offer a v8 in this thing, since the prototype has the turbo I4. The V8 is quite a different beast.
        It would be sweet if they put the Sonata engine in it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is looking great, I can't wait to see this auto. As someone has said before, Hyundai is really shrewd. If they do this right they'll have a real winner.

      If this comes out next year, 2008 is going to be a great year. New Evo X, STI, GT-R and this Tib?

      My anticipation for this almost outweighs my anticipation for the next GT-R...almost.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If this comes out next year, 2008 is going to be a great year. New Evo X, STI, GT-R and this Tib?
        ...and the Solstice Coupe, BMW 1-series, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and new Mustang. I'd say that 2008 looks even more exciting when you consider that there will be at least 6 brand-new models coming out with RWD for under $30k.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny, I saw this car driving down my street in Irvine, CA last week. Came out of a heavy residential area. Driver either lives there or he's taking care of the ladies while the husbands are at work. Oui!
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