• Apr 18, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Hyundai Tiburon.

The news came courtesy of John Krafcik, Hyundai's product development veep, who told Automotive News that the 2008 model year of the Tiburon would be its last. However, that doesn't mean the Tiburon is down for the count. Krafcik is insistent that the Genesis Coupe, which will be coming out about the same time the Tibby is euthanized, isn't a Tiburon replacement. "We are seriously looking at a small front-wheel-drive coupe to replace the Tiburon," Krafcik told AN, but he wouldn't give a time frame for its replacement. He did say that the Veloster coupe concept that debuted at the Seoul motor show last April would be the inspiration for Hyundai's new FWD, two-door offering. Hopefully, when the production version of the Veloster is unveiled, it'll carry the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot found in its RWD sibling.




[Source: Automotive News via Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a 1999 Tiburon that carried me through 137,000 miles before giving it's life to save me from harm in an accident. Other than a random airbag light and the flex pipe on the exhaust, I never did anything to that car but routine maintance. Honestly, the most reliable car and one of the most fun cars I have ever owned.

      The New Genesis Coupe will be on my list for new cars when it comes out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saw a guy the other day with a brand new Tiburon, felt sorry for him.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You feel sorry for people driving nice cars?

        I suppose you openly weep whenever you drive alongside a Porsche.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why? It's an attractive car (less so now than in the 456GT lookalike form that preceded it) that's reasonably fun to drive and doesn't cost much. It's easy to tune, too.

        Other than a total lack of headroom, it's a great car for it's segment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I felt sorry for him because he should have waited to buy the Genesis, not trying to dog on the Tib.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So I take it Dude was driving the tib Pat saw?
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as the replacement is once again styled exceptionally well, while perhaps dropping 200#, it will be well received. Light weight with a 2liter and 2 liter turbo is all you need to have a fun scoot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, the Tib and the 456 look so much alike that I can't tell them apart (sarcasm).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good ridance, I bought a 2006 model, thing broke down constantly, and I drove it gently. So much for hyundai's much touted quality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had a 2001, drove it for 80k miles and I had NO problems with it at all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will we see that KIA Koup concept with a Hyndai badge perhaps?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tiburon... looks great, goes slow.

      Honestly, 170 hp from a V6?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundi is moving up market with a RWD Genesis coupe. KIA is getting the Tiburon wich will now be called the "Koup". Mark my words.
      Bill Leonhardt
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Hyundai doesn't get some reliable, knowledgeable dealers in the Passaic County area I would not buy another Hyundai product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poor timing, replace one coupe with another and everyone will think the Genesis is a Tiburon replacement regardless of any differences between them. IMO, don't phase out the Tiburon untill after the Genesis has already gotten a foothold on the market and people are aware of the two as different models, then have the T replacement waiting 1-2 MY out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reasonable idea, although it'd be better if they threw Kia (their budget/sporty brand, supposedly) a bone here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll miss this car, it was proof the Koreans could build something interesting without having to import a production line from Britan. It wasn't really a great sportscar, but it had a big heart.
      ria
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just traded in my 2003 Tiburon for a 2008 VW GTI MkV and although I loved my Tib and felt a bit sorry to see it go, I'm too happy with my new baby to miss it that much. It was great while it lasted, and it's making someone else happy now! Sorry to see they're phasing them out. The new one seems to look a lot like it, so what's the diff?
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