2005 Hyundai Tiburon SE 2.7 V6 from South Africa
This car makes a statement
None mechanically, but I did make a few changes like changing the CD player to an aftermarket one with a USB fitted, new aftermarket alarm system and a de-cat, with 57mm performance exhaust and some new xenon lights. The V6 is an awesome and pretty looking car. Loads of power, pushing out 130kw stock, and about 9kw more on the performance exhaust. I think that's enough power, and besides, how often can we really use that power when there's speed limits to worry about.
After previously owning the 20L FX version, which was very reliable apart from minor suspension repairs like stabiliser links and brake discs, the Tiburon is a good car all round. You service them regularly and you've got no problems.
Apart from the front wheel drive unit, which would have been better if it was all wheel or rear wheel drive, it's got loads of power and good looks. Everyone looks at this sports car and thinks it's a Ferrari (Hyundai knew they wanted to make a statement). After reviewing the V6 and finally getting to own one, I've learnt this is a fun car to drive; it always puts a smile on your face when you start it up, and the engine purrs with a sweet and animalistic tone. This car is built for mid range punching (3rd and 4th gears at 5K RPM), with much driver enjoyment. It's quick (8.4 seconds 0 to 100), but it's not a top end car; this one likes the bends and curvy roads. If you drive it hard through the gears, you have fun, but you also use much fuel, but on the open road when you throw it in 6th gear and cruise, your consumption is better. I've got the 6 speed box (SE version), and gear changes are nice and efficient.
And it's got all the bells, like air con, power steering, electric windows, and cruise control. Always make sure you use the right engine and gear box / transmission fluids on these cars, and they will run like forever.
Fun to drive, beautiful exhaust tone, and good to look at.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th December, 2015