It's no secret Hyundai has come a very long way from the company's humble roots – and it's done so in a startlingly short period of time. One needs only to cast an eye towards the automaker's current sports car offerings to see what we mean. With hardware like the soon-to-be-updated Genesis Coupe range and the new three-door Veloster, Hyundai has proven itself as a manufacturer capable of building vehicles to run with the best the market has to offer. But it wasn't always so. The Korean automaker first dipped a toe into the sports car market with the 1991 Scoupe. Based on Excel, the two-door featured sportier notchback styling along with a Lotus-tuned suspension.

At its heart, the front-drive Scoupe made use of the same wheezy 81-horsepower four-cylinder engine found in the Excel, which was good enough to get the coupe to 60 mph in 11.4 seconds. Like it's arch rival, the Toyota Paseo (remember?), these were the kind of machines that demanded patience. Click past the jump to take a look at a 1991 MotorWeek segment on the Scoupe LS for a quick trip down memory lane.



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      Muttons
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing how the NSX makes everything else on the intro look sad and downtrodden.
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't they also have a scope turbo?
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      What always got me about the Scoupe was how generic it looked; they didn't even bother putting a logo or emblem - hell, even a grille - on the front. I still see one on the road every once in awhile.
      Teleny411
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought a 91 Excel & used it for dd duties. Not a bad car, but the warranty was up @36k and then proceededto blow a head gasket at 37k. Hyundai wouldn't do anything to help.
        50merc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        Exactly Hyundai for the long term I think not. literally a disposable car. Why don't people just set fire to their cash instead of buying Hyundais and kias. In twenty years their will be nothjing left of these POS cars. At least you can revive old american cars. You could go buy a old ass caprice and they will be parts for it. You think you can do that with these.NOPE
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @50merc
          I can still get all sorts of parts for my 89 and 91 hondas. So. Yeah.
      Lukasz Waszczuk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had a 1993 version a bit updated look then on video. It was blue no air-conditioning, 5-speed, no-power steering or windows. Loved it. Got 330 miles on a 9 gal tank. Got it in 1996 with 33k miles on it for $5,000 cash out the door. Had it till 2003 with 130K on it.
        maverick_02
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lukasz Waszczuk
        Had a black LS for a brief time before I wrecked it. Had a auto (yuck) but returned excellent mileage. Rock solid reliability. Liked the cool adjustable leg rest on the front of the seats.
      Freddy De Joint
      • 3 Years Ago
      my sister had one of those cars back than, when she try to trade it in after 4 years of use, the dealership in tampa, fl told my sister that she would have to pay them just to take it off hers hands LOL
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      To quote a infamous marketing phrase: "You've come a long way, baby."
      Gator
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats up with that idiot that slammed through those gears like that.
      BTCC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I doubt the new Velosturd can outperform the old Scoupe P.O.S.
      brucebolen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai will eat Honda alive with innovation, excitement and style.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brucebolen
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          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          Me neither. I don't understand why people are calling htem innovative when all they're doing is building decent cars for good prices.
          Michael K
          • 3 Years Ago
          Their engines are one of the best. I believe their recent V8 won many accolades.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly car, hideous color.
      RJD
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an absolute turd of a car. It's hard to believe the Koreans could make uglier cars than the Japanese did but they succeeded. I had three co-workers who bought Hyundais in the late 80's. Two blew their engines and the third was just a lemon. I will give them credit for re-inventng themselves and surviving even though they still make some butt-ugly cars.
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJD
        Completely agree about the utter unreliability of the Excel, but I respectfully disagree about the styling. Giorgetto Giugiaro's design for the first gen Excel was simple, clean, and well suited to it's econobox mission. The first gen Excel sedan shares some design elements with the contemporaneous Saab 9000 / Fiat Croma (also by Giugiaro), and the 3-door Excel has more than a passing resemblance to the Isuzu Piazza (Impulse here in the US), one of Giugiaro's nicest designs from that era.
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