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SLK Style For Half The Price
Not content with copying the style of a Ferrari, Hyundai has now borrowed the folding hard-top from a Mercedes SLK! The firm is to reveal this head-turning convertible version of its Coupé at the Frankfurt Motor Show early next month, and it's set to go on sale within the next two years - at half the price of its Mercedes rival.

Although the model, which will be Hyundai's first-ever convertible, is officially still dubbed a concept, it is already signed off for production and set to be launched in mid-2004.

As with the successful tin-top version, most of the Coupé Cabrios are expected to find homes in the US, but Britain is the biggest market for convertibles in Europe and it's expected to be extremely popular here as well. A soft-top concept of the previous gen- eration Coupé was shown at a Korean motor show in 1997, but was never intended for production. The company promised it would create a convertible version of the new car instead, and has kept its word.

Hyundai had intended to use a conventional fabric roof, but the increasing number of rivals using retractable hard- tops forced a rethink. Although the styling is the work of Hyundai's California Design Studio, the engineering of the complex roof mechanism was entrusted to German expert Karmann, which created the SLK's revolutionary roof and has just begun production of Renault's new Mégane CC.

The mechanism works in a similar way to those of the Mercedes and Renault, both of which use a hinge above the rear window and a complex mechanism which opens the boot backwards to swallow the folded top. Unlike the Renault version, though, the Hyundai's conversion has robbed the Coupé of its rear seats. There is however a surprisingly large boot, even with the roof stowed. Extra strengthening in the sills and bulkheads has made the whole body structure stiff enough to cope with the loss of roof, while reinforced pillars in the windscreen support the car in the event of a roll-over. The Frankfurt show car uses a range-topping 2.7-litre V6 with standard six-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission.

Engine choices in the eventual production models will closely resemble those of the Coupé. The entry model will feature a 103bhp 1.6 taken from the Elantra, while mid-rangers will use the standard Coupé's 136bhp 2.0-litre unit with manual or auto transmission.

The drop-top's launch will coincide with a minor mid-life facelift for the entire Coupé range, which includes changes to the interior trim and redesigned lights. A new, direct-injection petrol engine, called TCI, is also due.

As with the rest of Hyundai's line-up, the Coupé Cabrio's main attraction will be the price. The 1.6-litre variant is expected to cost around £16,000, which is less than the 2.0-litre version of the smaller Peugeot 206 CC and half the cost of a Mercedes SLK 320. A top-level 2.7-litre V6 Coupé Cabrio is likely to be around £20,000
 

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new pics, old text. I still like it. except for the "elantra" front end.
 

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I think that car is sweet for the price. Not going to make me rethink the next generation Mustang GT purchase, but it's still a nice touch, especially for the Tiburon!
 

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Re: NEW PICS OF 2005 HYUANDAI TIBURON CONVERTIBLE,

My first guess is they plan to advertise to gay men in need of a hair cut:






Not trying to offend anyone, was just the first thing to pop into my mind.


And as I said before I'd definately take it over a chevy cavalier convertible, maybe even a chrysler sebring/lebaron convert.
 

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i would have used a cloth top and kept the backseat, that seems like a waste of space. i dunno. cuz the people who would buy this car would probably only have one car to begin with, this is slightly different than having an SLK as your second car for weekend fun.
 

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Give the v6 a turbo and tune it for 280hp and i'd take it.
 

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i would have used a cloth top and kept the backseat, that seems like a waste of space. i dunno. cuz the people who would buy this car would probably only have one car to begin with, this is slightly different than having an SLK as your second car for weekend fun.
It appears that it still has the back seat. Does it not? Oh and will this be sold in the US??? And since I'm to lazy to do the conversion, what would the price in US dollars?
 

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yeah it loses the backseats.


i mean, it's just weird cuz its a big car to have just two seats
 

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Engine choices in the eventual production models will closely resemble those of the Coupé. The entry model will feature a 103bhp taken from the Elantra, while mid-rangers will use the standard Coupé's 136bhp 2.0-litre unit with manual or auto transmission.
All show but no go with that rip-snorting massive 103bhp
 

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yeah it loses the backseats.


i mean, it's just weird cuz its a big car to have just two seats
Jared.. not questioning you, but doesn't it look like the back seats are still there??

 

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Engine choices in the eventual production models will closely resemble those of the Coupé. The entry model will feature a 103bhp taken from the Elantra, while mid-rangers will use the standard Coupé's 136bhp 2.0-litre unit with manual or auto transmission.
All show but no go with that rip-snorting massive 103bhp
Well first off, the american market in the elantra and the tiburon get the 140HP 2.0L 4 as standard, and the 170 HP 2.7 V6, still doesn't sound to exciting, but when Alpine Development finally opens up their U.S. operations, you can get an intercooled turbo putting out 239 HP and 282 lbs of torque. Their supercharger for the same engine puts out 213HP and and 212 lbs of torque Road Race Motorsports is already offering Alpine Development's supercharger for the 2.7L V6 only putting out 218HP and an additional 40lbs of torque that's all for under 3 grand and it comes with a 3yr/36K powertrain warranty


That might put a little wind in your hair.
 

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Jared.. not questioning you, but doesn't it look like the back seats are still there??
yeah you're right, i had to take a second glance, but this is the second article that mentions the backseat is removed to allow for the folding top.

but now that i think about how it phrased it, maybe it just means that the backseat is just really tiny?

Unlike the Renault version, though, the Hyundai's conversion has robbed the Coupé of its rear seats
 
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