Hyundai is not really known for making sports cars. They are known for making family cars on a budget, cars that everyone can buy and are not so expensive to maintain. Earlier Hyundai was not so successful and most of the market was only captured by Maruti Suzuki. There were not many sports cars in India because people could not afford them. However, there were some enthusiasts back in the day who would import the vehicle. Here we have a rare Tiburon RD2 which was a sports car from Hyundai. The images have been uploaded on Instagram by Car Crazy India.
The sports car was never sold in India so it might have been imported to our country. The RD2 in the name signifies that it was the second generation of the Tiburon. The second generation was sold from 1991 to 2001 in the international markets. It has also been called by different names. It was known as Hyundai Coupe in Europe and the Middle East while in South Korea and Indonesia, it was called Tuscani.
The Tiburon was a two-door coupe with four seats. Yes, the rear seats were not really usable for adults but you could squeeze in luggage. The vehicle in the pictures is finished in Cobalt Blue as Hyundai called it back in the day. At the front, you got many different individual lighting elements. There are two circular headlamps with a turn indicator at the side. There are fog lamps in the lower half of the bumper and there are small lights placed in between the headlights and the foglights. We assume that these small lights are used as cornering lights. The grille is very small and sleek and it comes with a Hyundai logo. The lower air dam is wide and sits between the fog lamps to feed cold air to the engine.
At the side profile, we get two doors because it is a coupe and it also gets simple character lines. There are 5-spoke wheels finished in grey that do look good on the Tiburon. At the rear, there is a spoiler that accentuates the sportiness of the vehicle. The tail lamps are simple with most of the area for the brake light while the turn indicators and reversing light is placed in the lower section of the light assembly. The design of the rear bumper is very sporty and comes with a circular exhaust on the right side. There is a Hyundai badging in the centre of the boot lid while the vehicle’s name is on the left. There is also a key hole to open the boot lid.
The Hyundai Coupe was offered in two petrol engine options. There were a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The 1.6-litre engine produced 111 hp of max power and the more powerful 2.0-litre engine produced 137 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 182 Nm. The engine was offered with a 4-speed automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual. Both of which transferred the power to the front wheels only. The top speed of the automatic gearbox was 198 kmph and it could hit a ton in 10.7 seconds. The manual gearbox was faster with a top speed of 201 kmph and it could hit a ton in 8.6 seconds.