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2000 Hyundai Tiburon Review
Sports-car for the budget conscious
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The Hyundai Tiburon first rolled out in 1996, sporting curvy design lines. The sport coupe, which has a front-drive configuration, was again released as a 2000 model. The 2000 Hyundai Tiburon comes at one price level, as the other previous trim has been dropped. The car was named after a town located in northern California.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic transmission
Models: Hyundai Tiburon
The 2000 Hyundai Tiburon comes in one trim level. It gets new exterior styling, interior enhancements, alloy rims, disc brakes on all four wheels, and a power package.
The design lines of the 2000 Hyundai Tiburon are bolder compared to its predecessor. It is quite a treat during the time when the sport coupes are starting to be boring. The car features sharp creases and bulging fenders that give an overall image that can be likened to a shark. The grille-less front fascia comes low, terminating on a wrap-around, one-piece bumper. The air dam is carved out of the bumper to allow cool air to enter the engine compartment.
The Tiburon sports a much sculpted look for this release. Among the notable changes include the four projector-beam headlights set off by some lines that extend to the hood. These lines add some character to the car's overall look. The front fascia also has a lower intake and bigger air dam with built-in fog lights.
The tail end of the vehicle features bigger air vents and tail lamps. The Tiburon also has a redesigned exhaust tip to keep up with the trends.
Interior noise also is decreased with the frameless doors, redesigned side mirrors, and flush-mounted glass. The sleek design lines result in an excellent 0.33 coefficient drag resulting to decreased noise and better fuel mileage.
The cabin of the Hyundai Tiburon also has been upgraded. The seats provide better lumbar support and more comfortable cushions. The seats are firm, keep the occupant in place, and have good support on all necessary points. The driver's seat can be adjusted in six different ways with additional lumbar support.
Consumers will appreciate the interior, which centers on sportiness and functionality. There is enough room for the legs, head, and shoulders. The design of the dash gives the driver a feel similar to being in a cockpit of a fighter plane. There is no reason, though, to be claustrophobic. The curves on the top of the air vents remind car enthusiasts of the classic sports car elements.
The switches, buttons, and knobs to control the entertainment system, climate, and other features can easily be reached and operated.
The instrument panels exude a high-tech feel. They are easily readable even during bright driving conditions. The design of the roof pillars contribute to an excellent forward visibility.
The trunk of the Tiburon is quite roomy. It offers more space for cargo compared to its competitors in its segment.
Performance & Handling
The 140-horsepower, four-cylinder engine of the Tiburon will not frustrate anyone who needs some acceleration. A good amount of torque can be tapped while driving around town. The power plant has 16 valves, double overhead cams, an ignition system without a distributor, and an electronic fuel injection. The engine makes use of a system that allows better compression ratio and optimal responsiveness.
The Korean carmaker exerted all efforts to decrease the vibration and friction within the engine. This was achieved by using lightweight materials, engine mounts damped with fluids, and pistons impregnated with silicon. It is not the best engine that one can get in a coupe at this price, but it’s among the better performing ones in its segment.
The chassis of the Tiburon also has the perfect stiffness. This results in very agile handling and good responses during quick and challenging turns. The front suspension utilizes McPherson struts, while the rear portion makes use of dual-link architecture. The shock absorbers of this sports coupe come as gas-charged units installed in the coil springs. The anti-roll bars help control the body lean during cornering. The Hyundai Tiburon is very stable and balanced on the road. The steering is quite accurate and quick.
One downside of this car's setup is its five-speed manual transmission. The shifting just feels off compared to other vehicles in its class. The problems are during low-speed runs when the driver may exert some effort and care in shifting up while handling a tight corner. The gearbox works better during highway cruising speeds.
The Tiburon comes standard with airbags for the driver and front passenger. Other basic safety features include three-point seatbelts, anchors for child seats, and a collapsible steering column.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great handling
- Comfortable ride
- Nice styling
You Won't Like
- Tight entrance
- Rear-seat room
- Acceleration (automatic gearbox)
Sports-car for the budget conscious
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