Hyundai's all-new Coupe was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, to an extremely favourable reaction from press and public alike.
The new Coupe, which was styled in house by the Namyang design team in Seoul, will represent amazing value for money when it goes on sale in the UK in early 2002.
Developed over a period of 26 months at a cost of US$230 million, the new Coupe will be built at Hyundai's high-tech Ulsan plant in Korea.
The entirely new bodyshell has a drag co-efficient of 0.342, making it more aerodynamically efficient than the Audi TT (0.353) and the Ford Cougar (0.345).

Longer, wider and taller than the previous model, the new Coupe will be available with three engine choices; 1.6, 2.0 and for the first time a 2.7 V6 producing 171 bhp. The engine has previously been seen in the Trajet and Santa Fe.
The 2.0 will be offered with the Porsche designed semi-automatic H-tronic gearbox for the first time, while the 2.7 V6 will be available with either H-tronic or six-speed manual gearbox.

Standard equipment levels will be extremely high, as is the tradition with Hyundai vehicles (see full list below). Standard equipment for all models will include driver, passenger and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, six speaker radio/CD player and air conditioning. The 2.0 and 2.7 V6 will add leather seats and cruise control to this list. Side airbags and Electronic Brake Force Distribution are new features for the Coupe.

Key statistics for new Coupe

refers to 1.6 2.0 2.7
Engine capacity 1599 1975 2656
Power (bhp/rpm) 105@5800 137@6000 171@6000
Torque (Nm/rpm) 144@3000 180@4500 245@4000
0-62 mph 11.9 secs /9.4 secs 8.2 secs
Top speed (mph) 113.7 126.1 135.5
Bore x stroke (mm) 76.5x87 82x93.5 86.7x75
Compression ratio 10 10.1 10
Length (mm) all models 4395
Height (mm) all models 1330
Width (mm) all models 1760
Wheelbase (mm) all models 2530
Tyre size 205 55 R16 205 55 R16 215 45 R17
Fuel tank capacity (litres) all models 55
Gearbox 5-speed man/5-speed man or H-tronic/6-speed man or H-tronic


All models will feature the following as standard

Power steering

Driver, passenger and side airbags

Anti-lock brakes

Electric windows/door mirrors

Seat-belt pretensioners

Front fog lamps

Six speaker radio/CD player

Air conditioning

Leather gear knob and steering wheel

Alloy wheels

Engine immobiliser

The 2.0 and 2.7 V6 add the following to the above list:

Keyless entry and alarm

Cruise control

Leather seats


The 2.7 V6 will exclusively be available with a six speed manual gearbox.