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It turns out the car is the 2010 Hyundai Tiburon which is RWD with a V8. It looks like its aimed at the muscle cars, Camaro, Mustang, Challenger. This was the one I posted a while back when it was not yet known what this car was. http://www.5thgen.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2253

The person who wrote the story below seems kinda of an a## to me though.

http://www.caranddriver.com/carnews/13608/spied-2010-hyundai-tiburon-rear-drive-with-a-v-8.html?al=99

How do you say “ambitious” in Korean? The same way you say “shark” in Spanish: Tiburon.

BY STEVE SILER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA PRIDDY & CO. August 2007

Hyundai is nothing if not ambitious. And you’re looking at the proof: a muscle car from Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai.

Surely, few would have predicted that Hyundai, of all companies, would take a swig of the muscle car punch that’s gotten Detroit so stupid drunk in recent years. But don’t laugh. Just look at these spy photos: huge wheels, fat tires, fastback lines, dual exhausts, and most telling, distinct rear-drive proportions. Add in serious power from a high-output V-6 and quite possibly the 4.6-liter V-8 from the upcoming Genesis luxury sedan with which the new coupe will reportedly share its architecture (and which is parked right next to it in some of these shots), and even a Hemi ‘Cuda owner will admit that we’re talking about a muscle car here.



That said, from what we can tell by these shots, the next-gen Tiburon’s—it may or may not retain that name—appearance probably won’t spook too many ponies back into their stables. Indeed, in spite of its road-hugging stance and short front overhang, the new Tiburon—internally codenamed “BK”—may look disappointingly like the old Tiburon. Perhaps if people ***** loud enough, internals will decide to scrap the design and start fresh, as purportedly happened during the Genesis’ development.

Still, one thing is for sure: from a performance standpoint, the upcoming Hyundai sport coupe—er, muscle car—will pick up far beyond where even the best of today’s toothless Tibs leave off. Its price will also rise in equal measure, likely into the $23K—$30K neighborhood.

What remains to be seen, though, is just who will buy such a car. After all, it’s hard to get fans of muscle car old-timers such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger to even consider defecting to another domestic pony car, and they’d sooner shave their mullets before they’d be seen in a Hyundai. Folks shopping for sporty imports such as the VW GTI, Mazda RX-8, and the Infiniti G37, on the other hand, may be more open-minded.
 

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Hyundai is nothing if not ambitious. And you’re looking at the proof: a muscle car from Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai.
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and even a Hemi ‘Cuda owner will admit that we’re talking about a muscle car here
That's funny right there :lol:
 

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I can't wait! Why to show every driver who buys one, thinking that Imports can be a "muscle car", tail-lights. Although I do have to admit it would get more respect from me than a Civic or another FWD import. Still Hyundai? GG thanks.
 

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Hyundai has turned into a pretty respectable car company. I got one of their new Elantra's with a V-6 when I was TDY, and that thing really hauled ass.

That being said, MUSCLE CARS ARE AMERICAN!

Look, these foreign companies can have all the cylinders they want in the smallest cars with the longest noses of the bunch, but they'll never be a MUSCLE CAR. Never. They can have SPORTS CARS, but they cannot have MUSCLE CARS. Anyone who refers to a foreign car as a MUSCLE CAR should be shot, period.
 

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I think it would be considered a pony car more than anything. I agree muscle cars are american.

non american cars have been considered pony cars in the past but not muscle cars.

The Camaro is a muscle/pony car.
 

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Also, to be a MuscleCar I'm going to say that you have to have a heritage that dates back to AT LEAST the 70s, preferably the 60s: Corvette, Camaro, Chevelle, Challenger, Charger, Mustang, etc.

You can't be a "newcomer" and be a musclecar in my opinion.
 

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Celica? Heh I can see some cars such as the Skyline, Rx7, or Supra trying to be put into that mold but not a celica.
 

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This is the 1970 Celica. It was a RWD but didn't have the power. I really don't feel it was too much of a pony car but I think it was an atempt at a pony car from japan.

 

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Pony/muscle cars are by definition American cars that have been around for a few decades and focus on raw power first, everything else second. For a Japanese (or Korean) car company to try to build a pony/muscle car is about as silly as if Chevy made a "JDM" car. :rotflmao:

The Bugatti Veyron has over 1000hp, which is pretty impressive, yet it could never be a pony/muscle car.

The way I see it, the pony/muscle car category is kinda' closed to newcomers, wherever they may hail from and however much power or heritage they might have. It's the one category of cars Americans have on lock. Leave it to those who know how to do it (*cough*Camaro*cough). ;)
 
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