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The Hyundai Scoupe Was Hyundai’s First Attempt at a Sporty Car

What you see above is a Hyundai Scoupe. If you’ve never seen a Hyundai Scoupe before, don’t be alarmed — most people have never seen a Hyundai Scoupe before. And if they have seen one, they’ve probably forgotten about it. See the Hyundai Scoupe models for sale near you

But the Hyundai Scoupe was an interesting vehicle for a lot of reasons, starting with its name. A combination of "S" and "Coupe," the car was marketed as the Scoupe (pronounced like "scoop") in the United States and the S Coupe (pronounced "S-Coupe") in the U.K. Presumably, this was done after years of market research where Hyundai decided Americans prefer to finish things up in as many syllables as possible.

Next, we’ll move on to the Scoupe itself. Sold in the U.S. from 1991 to 1995, the Scoupe was Hyundai’s first "sporty" vehicle. I put sporty in quotes, because the Scoupe was only sporty if your previous vehicle was a full-size pickup truck, a tiny economy car or perhaps a decommissioned prison bus.

Here’s why: In 1991 and 1992, the Scoupe offered only one engine, an 81-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. In 1993, the Scoupe saw a monstrous power gain, to the point where Hyundai was able to extract an impressive 92 hp from the same engine. And while this may not sound like much, don’t count out the Scoupe just yet. The 1992 model year saw the addition of a turbo version, which put out a total of 115 hp. The turbo version was manual-only, sort of like another 1992 turbo sports car, the Ferrari F40.

Unlike the F40, however, the Scoupe has faded from our collective memory. It was soon replaced by the Tiburon, which is kind of sporty, and then the Genesis Coupe, which is certainly sporty. As for the Scoupe, this article is probably the only reminder of one you’ve had in years. Now, you are free to forget about it again. Find a Hyundai Scoupe for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I actually used to own a Scoupe Turbo, my ex and I bought brand new. I have to say, to this day, it’s one of my favorite cars, it’s light weight made up for the lack of power and Rod millen sold some nice parts for them.

    As with every Hyundai of that era though, it wasn’t the greatest quality, but it was still fun to drive.

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