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Although commonly refered to as the 2003 Tiburon, the third generation model went on sale in 2002. This is a significant redesign rather than a facelift of the previous edition although has been facelifted in 2005 and a further final facelift has been displayed at the 2006 motorshow in China. The 1.6 litre variant is visually identified by a single exhaust rather than twin exhausts (one at each side). The third generation is commonly refered to as the GK.

EngineeeringEdit

Three engine choices are offered, although not in all markets.

  • 1.6 inline 4 cylinder Alpha

105 hp @ 5,800 rpm and 143 N·m @ 4,500 rpm.

  • 2.0 inline 4 cylinder Beta II featuring variable valve timing on the inlet valves (CVVT)

145 hp at 6000 rpm and 184 N·m (138 ft·lbf) of torque at 4500 rpm.

  • 2.7 V6 Delta

173 hp @ 6000 rpm and 245 N·m (181 ft·lbf) @ 3800 rpm.

PerformanceEdit

These are manufacturers quoted figures:

  • 1.6 Litre

Acceleration 0-60mph: 11.6 Seconds Top Speed: 115mph

  • 2.0 Litre

Acceleration 0-60mph: 9.2 Seconds Top Speed: 128mph

  • 2.7 Litre

Acceleration 0-60mph: 8.2 Seconds Top Speed: 136mph

It should be noted that the manufacturers performance figures are considered particularly conservative and much lower acceleration times of approximately a second less have been recorded in many road tests by motor magazines. The car is available with a five or six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.

Equipment and safetyEdit

The exact specification will depends on model and the market where it is sold but these are some of the features available:

  • ABS Brakes, Dual Circuit with brake force distribution
  • Front (variable rate) airbags and side airbags
  • Side impact protection bars
  • ESP Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Electric windows, sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Trip Computer
  • Air Conditioning / Climate Control
  • Leather / Half-leather / Cloth interior
  • Sports seats
  • Alloy wheels (normally 16" or 17")
  • Additional guages featuring torque, fuel consumption and voltage

DesignEdit

It has been rumoured that the third generation model was quite heavily influenced by the Ferrari 456 design by Pininfarina

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