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2010 Hyundai Tiburon V8

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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.

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

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


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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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.
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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