Hyundai Coupe (2002–2009)

Model History

February 2002

Much improved Hyundai Coupe launched in the UK, with prices starting at £14,000. Two engines available at launch: a 2.0-litre and 2.7-litre V6. The entry level powertrain has 137PS at 6000rpm and 133lb ft (180Nm) torque at 4500rpm. Zero to 60 takes 9.1 seconds and top speed is 126mph. Transmission options are five-speed manual or four-speed H-tronic automatic. Tyres are 205/55 R16s.

The 2.6-litre V6 develops 171PS at 6000rpm and 181 lb ft (245Nm) torque at 4000 rpm. Zero to 60 takes 7.9 seconds and top speed is 136mph. Transmission options are either a six-speed manual or a four-speed H-tronic automatic. Tyres are 215/45 R17.

Standard kit on all models includes:- twin front and side airbags, ABS, electric windows and mirrors, seat belt pre-tensioners, front fog lamps, six speaker radio/CD player, air-conditioning, leather gearknob and steering wheel, alloy wheels and engine immobiliser. In addition, the 2.0 and 2.7 have keyless entry and alarm, cruise control, leather seats and a sunroof.

July 2002

1.6-litre launched with 105PS at 5800rpm, while torque is 106 lb ft (144Nm). Zero to 60 takes 11.6 seconds and top speed 114mph. Howrever, there’s no automatic transmission, with just a five-speed manual available.

February 2005

Entire range gets facelift

July 2006

Coupe 2.0 Atlantic launched, based on SE but with special colours, six disc CD multiplayer, climate control, auto-dimming mirror and automatic lights. Prices start at £17,170, same price as SE Coupe.

March 2007

Range facelifted again as 'new look' SIII for 2007.

April 2008

Limited edition TSIII joins the Coupe range, priced at £19,595. Styling enhancements and special colours are included as standard, along with sports suspension, quilted leather seats and anthracite finish alloys.

Four paint colour options of Stone Black, Rose Red, Crystal White or Carbon Grey are available. Crystal White and Rose Red have never been offered on the Coupe before and are exclusively available on the TSIII in very limited numbers. To complement and contrast with these colours, the 17-inch alloy wheels have a special anthracite finish. At the rear the quad exhaust pipes deliver a sportier engine note, while a larger boot spoiler with integral brake light gives the TSIII a more purposeful look.

Inside the cabin, TSIII featured quilted leather sports seats offering more support and comfort to enhance the driving experience. Matching quilted door trims complete the look. Elsewhere in the interior, chrome sill guards with a TSIII logo, metal trimmed pedals and footrest add to the sporty feel of the cabin. Air conditioning with climate control, heated front seats and cruise control all come as standard on the TSIII, along with iPod compatible stereo and metal-look finishes on the steering wheel, centre console and air vents. To increase road holding the TSIII came with Eibach sport springs which also give the Coupe a lower, more aggressive stance.

To keep the car affordable and insurable the engine and transmission remain unchanged in the limited edition, offering a mix of affordability and outright performance. The TSIII is powered by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC petrol engine, developing 141PS. It can crack the 0-62 mph sprint in just 9.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 129 mph.

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