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2006 Hyundai Tiburon Coupe

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2006 Hyundai Tiburon

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Overview
Enjoyable performance, attractive pricing, and good build quality make the Hyundai Tiburon a compelling choice among sport coupes.

The Tiburon GT is a quick and agile sport coupe. It's powered by a 2.7-liter V6 with a brusque exhaust note putting out 172 horsepower and complemented with crisp handling that makes it fun to drive. The Tiburon GS comes with a low-emission four-cylinder engine with adequate power for all traffic situations, and good handling that benefits from its sporty chassis design. Compelling pricing makes the Tiburon an attractive proposition. The Tiburon costs substantially less than a comparably priced Mitsubishi Eclipse, for example.

Hyundai freshened the front-end styling for 2005. There are no significant changes for 2006, though some option packages have changed and there's a new GT Limited model.

Hyundai has emerged as a low-cost producer of attractive cars with performance and panache. The quality of its products has improved tremendously in the past few years and Hyundai offers the best warranty in the business: 5 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain.


Model Lineup
The 2006 Hyundai Tiburon is available in four models: the four-cylinder GS, and the V6-powered GT, GT Limited, and SE.

All four models enjoy a comprehensive list of standard features. Among them: air conditioning; side-impact airbags; power windows, door locks, and heated mirrors; six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system; keyless entry with alarm; 16-inch alloy wheels; four wheel disc brakes; body-colored rear spoiler and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.

Tiburon GS ($16,095) is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 producing 138 horsepower with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for reduced emissions. This engine is offered with a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission ($900). Just two other options are available: a power tilt-and-slide sunroof ($850); and a package combining the sunroof with cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires ($1,500).

Tiburon GT ($18,495) is powered by a 2.7-liter V6 rated at 172 horsepower. Its suspension is stiffer and its wheels and tires are upgraded to 17-inch alloys shod with 215/45R17 Michelin Pilots. The interior is dressed up with leather seat trim and leather wraps for the steering wheel and shift knob, automatic temperature control, upgraded audio, map lights, cruise control, deluxe carpeting, metal/grain dash and panel trim. Fog lamps are standard. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic ($900) is optional. The option list is short: The Deluxe package ($1,450) combines a sunroof with a 360-watt Infinity audio system with subwoofer; the Premium package ($1,750) combines the sunroof with 440 watts of Infinity audio, subwoofer, and six-CD changer.

The new GT Limited is essentially a GT with the Premium Package, plus a unique beige leather interior and distinctive side repeater lights.

Tiburon SE ($20,995) mates the 2.7-liter V6 to a six-speed manual transmission. The SE is fitted with torque, voltage, and vacuum gauges, aluminum foot pedals, red aluminum brake calipers, and ABS. It comes standard with all of the premium options of the GT, plus a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.

       

Walkaround
Sleek and compact, the Hyundai Tiburon looks somewhat like the shark for which it is named. Hyundai's designers accented the front fenders with vertical louvers that look like shark gills. Subtle styling revisions freshened its appearance for 2005.

Tiburon is heir to classic GT coupes of the past, with a heavily raked windshield and a fastback coupe roofline that sweeps all the way to a high, abbreviated tail. Hyundai gave these traditional features a new look, however, with a distinctive sheetmetal crease that sweep upward and rearward from the front louvers. In the rear the fenders curve smoothly into the large, almost ovoid one-piece taillight clusters.

The rear styling is accented by a body-colored rear spoiler on GS and GT models that's so neatly integrated into the rear deck lines that it's almost unobtrusive. The SE has a larger rear spoiler, but it also sits low on the rear deck, supported by sleek fins sprouting from the fenders and ending just where the taillights start.

 

Interior Features
Tiburon's interior trim is dark colored in the current tuner style, but bright trim around the center stack and switch panels on the doors relieves what would otherwise be a somber look.

The dashboard sweeps across the width of the cabin with just a small instrument pod and two heater vents to break up its shape. The fuel and water temperature gauges separate the round tachometer and speedometer.

The stereo system is located in a flat center console panel with large knobs for heating and ventilation located beneath. The manual transmission shifter has a short throw and is well situated for smooth shifting. A proper parking brake is located on the left side of the center console, leaving room for a cupholder and a small storage tray.

The bucket seats are okay, but not as sporty as one might hope for, as they could do with more side support for spirited driving. We liked the cloth seats because they grip better and are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Headroom and legroom are fine in front, on par with other cars in this class of sport coupes.

Like most sport coupes, the Tiburon is really a 2+2, not a four-seater. Realistically, the rear seats are better used for storage than for carrying passengers, unless those passengers are shorter than five feet.

The optional 360-watt or 440-watt Infinity and Kenwood MP3 stereo systems all feature six speakers strategically located and a large subwoofer in the trunk. Crank up the volume and you're enveloped in sound.

Storage space is quite decent, apart from the space taken up by the stereo's ground-pounding subwoofer. The liftgate opens wide and the rear seat is split 50/50 and folds down to add utility. A cargo net would be a helpful addition to help keep stuff in place when throwing the car around corners after a stop at the grocery store.

 

Driving Impressions
Driving the Hyundai Tiburon GT is a satisfying experience. The V6 engine revs freely to 6000 rpm, giving it a sporty feel, and its free-flowing exhaust gives the engine a pleasantly husky sound. Slam the gas pedal down and the front wheels scrabble for grip, at least until the 215/45R17 Michelin Pilot tires get to work and the car sprints forward.Shift up through the five gears and you're cruising. If you get lazy and forget to downshift as you putter around town, it's no problem as the 181 pound-feet of torque are available at low rpm. We found it'll pull reasonably well in top gear from 35 mph. Though boasting only 172 horsepower, Hyundai's V6 delivers good low-end torque. This makes for a different driving experience than that of cars that thrive on high revs.If you prefer an automatic transmission, go for the GT V6 and you'll not give up much in performance. That's another benefit of a V6 with strong torque, it works well with automatics. When you're in a sporty mood, the Shiftronic manual control on the automatic allows more involvement in the driving fun.The power rack-and-pinion steering is precise, with just enough feedback for fast driving. With the power of the V6, torque steer in this front-wheel-drive coupe is inevitable, but it's controllable and actually kind of fun when you're driving round town. (Torque steer is a common phenomenon with high-powered front-wheel-drive cars and is usually experienced as a slight tug on the steering wheel during hard acceleration.) It's only noticeable when you take off real quick or stand on the gas at low speeds.

Handling is good, with little body roll. Up front are MacPherson struts, with lower links isolated by a subframe. A multi-link suspension with Chapman struts holds up the rear. All models get anti-roll bars and gas-filled shock absorbers. The sport-tuned suspension on the GT V6 has 10-percent stiffer spring rates, stiffer compression in the gas-charged shocks and thicker anti roll bars front (23mm vs. 20mm) and rear (19mm vs. 18mm).

On the race track and on autocross circuits, the Tiburon is easy to throw around. Like all front-drive cars, it tended to understeer (the front wheels lose grip before the rear wheels). However, we could easily compensate for this using the throttle, brakes, and steering wheel, and get the rear end to come around and help the car turn in for the tight corners. The four-wheel disc brakes worked well and stopped the car quickly.

Out on the highway, and on smooth roads, the Tiburon rides well. The sports suspension and low-profile tires tend to transmit excessive harshness into the cockpit on rough road surfaces, however.

   

Summary
The Hyundai Tiburon is a pleasant car, enjoyable to drive. It looks sporty and is backed by Hyundai's aggressive warranty. The Tiburon GT offers a lot of value among sport coupes, money that can be spent on other things or used for aftermarket tuner accessories to turn it into the shark that its sharp styling suggests.NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent John Rettie is based in Santa Barbara.  

Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Hyundai Tiburon GS ($16,095)); GT ($18,495); Tiburon GT Limited ($20,495); SE ($20,995)
Engines: 138-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 172-hp 2.7-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, dual front side-impact airbags
Safety equipment (optional): ABS
Basic warranty: 5 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Asan, South Korea

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Hyundai Tiburon GT ($18,495)
Standard equipment: air conditioning; six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; power windows, mirror and locks; tilt steering wheel; power steering; cruise control; remote keyless entry with alarm; 17-inch aluminum wheels; four-wheel disc brakes; dual-chrome-tipped exhaust; sport-tuned suspension
Options as tested (MSRP): Premium package ($1,750) includes power sunroof, Infinity 6-disc CD Changer and 440-watt external amplifier and subwoofer
Destination charge: 600
Gas guzzler tax:  
Price as tested (MSRP): 21029
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.7-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 172 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 181 @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/26
Wheelbase: 99.6
Length/width/height: 173.0/69.3/52.3
Track, f/r: 58.7/58.7
Turning circle: 35.8
Seating capacity: 4
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.0/51.6/43.1
Head/hip/leg room, m:  
Head/hip/leg room, r: 34.4/44.7/29.9
Trunk volume: 14.7
Payload:  
Towing capacity:  
Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, Chapman struts, multiple links, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:  
Curb weight: 3023
Tires: P215/45R17
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 14.5

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 2005-10-07 00:00:00.0 .
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-826-2277 - www.hyundaiusa.com


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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Hyundai Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

120-months/100,000-mile Powertrain warranty from original in-service date.
Age/Mileage Eligibility up to 5 model years old w/ less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
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Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 10-Year/Unlimited Mileage from In-Service Date
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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