The new 2003 Hyundai Tiburon causes people to reconsider
their misconceptions about Hyundai. Sleek, stylish and powerful,
it performs at a level that few would expect from the normally
value-driven Korean manufacturer. And though it doesn't
shed its reasonable price tag, it does up the intensity
to previously unseen levels.
The 2003 Hyundai Tiburon rolls off the production line
with a bunch of upgrades. Hyundai has almost fully redesigned
this sporty hatchback coupe, giving it larger dimensions,
new styling, and a V6 engine. Tiburon's wheelbase and overall
length also grow slightly against the previous version,
and curb weight increases about 200 lbs.
The 2003 Hyundai Tiburon is offered in two models: Base
and GT V6.
The two-door 2003 Hyundai Tiburon hatchback seats four people.
For its price, the Tiburon provides plenty of standard interior
features to make even long rides pleasurable. Air conditioning,
cruise control, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a
center console, cupholders, power mirrors, windows and door
locks, an AM/FM/CD player, a digital clock, a rear defogger
and more are all found with the entry-level Base trim.
With the uplevel GT V6 model, increased power is matched
with upgraded comfort levels. Leather upholstery and a leather
wrapped steering wheel give the Tiburon a refined look,
while an Infinity AM/FM/cassette CD player turns the decibel
level up a few notches.
The 2003 Hyundai Tiburon is the sleekest of the Hyundai
lot, reinforcing its sporty image. With a dual exhaust system
and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, its intentions are obvious.
GT V6 models add a rear spoiler to the mix.
Two hard-working engines power the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon
lineup. Base models feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor
with 134 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 133 lb-ft. of torque
at 4800 rpm. Like its name suggests, the GT V6 is equipped
with a 2.7-liter V6 engine. It produces 170 horsepower at
6000 rpm and 177 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.
With the Base model, both 5-speed manual transmission and
4-speed automatic transmission are offered. With the GT
model, an additional 6-speed manual transmission option
is made available for increased shifting pleasure.
Safety and Security
The 2003 Hyundai Tiburon has steel-reinforced roof rails
and side impact beams, plus impact-absorbing front and rear
crumple zones for occupant protection. Dual front airbags,
front side airbags and 4-wheel disc brakes are also standard.
2003 Hyundai Tiburon Highlights
2003 Tiburon, styled in Korea, features both straight
lines and curved lines to emphasize vitality and strength.
Large, low profile high-performance tires on alloy
wheels fill the wheelwells, and give the Tiburon an
aggressive stance, while both the windshield angle
and the backlight angle are steeply raked. Those features,
combined with the vehicles high beltline and
chopped greenhouse, make the new Tiburon
look fast even when its parked
the first time, a powerful, high-tech V6 engine is
available in the Tiburon. Its the same strong,
smooth all-aluminum DOHC 2.7-liter V6 used in the
Hyundai Sonata and the hot-selling Hyundai Santa Fe
sport utility vehicle.
previous version of the Tiburon was built on the same
platform as the Elantra, but the all-new Tiburon has
its own chassis, dubbed the GK.
new platform features a slightly longer wheelbase
(99.6-in. vs. 97.4-in.) and is slightly longer (173-in.
vs. 170.9-in) than the previous version. As a result
there is more room inside for the driver and passengers
-- and the extra room provides extra comfort. Headroom,
legroom and shoulder room have all been increased
to make the new Tiburon even more comfortable.
Tiburon carries a full complement of safety features,
starting with the cars strong unibody construction,
integrated crumple zones, high-strength steel side
impact beams and front and rear five-mile per hour
energy absorbing bumpers. Driver and passenger front
and side impact airbags are standard.
Competing 2003 Models to
the Hyundai Tiburon
a Free Price Quote on a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon.
2.0L DOHC 4-cyl.
2.7L DOHC V6
134 @ 6000
170 @ 6000
2.0L 4-spd: 23/30
2.0L 5-spd: 23/31
2.7L 4-spd: 20/26
2.7L 5-spd: 19/26
2.7L 6-spd: 18/26