About Hyundai Tiburon
Named after the Spanish word for "shark", the Hyundai Tiburon was a compact sports coupe introduced in 1997. The Tiburon was built as two different models during its lifetime, with the first generation RD Tiburon made from 1996 to 2001. It had an initial lukewarm reception, with one critic saying that Tiburon body parts "had the lines of a kit-car Ferrari and the dynamism of an ox cart." Tiburon car parts, though not as refined or as performance-oriented as some of its competitors, were surprisingly affordable and showed that Hyundai was serious about redefining its image. This led to some design overhauls for the second generation Tiburon that debuted in 2003. An upgraded performance model, the Tiburon GT, was also released at this time with a better engine and tuned suspension system.