For 2007, the Hyundai Tiburon receives a facelift, with new exterior styling and some changes to its mechanical components. As well, the trim line range increases from three to four. The MSRP on the GS also drops by almost $2,000.

Changes include redesigned front and rear fascias, headlamps, tail lights, hood, front fenders and exhaust tips; blue backlit gauges; gun metal interior accents; new Clarion stereo system with SD memory card slot; a track-tuned European sport suspension on the GT and GT Limited; and ABS with electronic brake assist on the GT Limited. The previous generation was built on the same platform as the Elantra; the new model uses its own platform, called the GK.

The GS and GS Sport use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, while the GT and GT Limited use a 2.7-litre V6; both engines are carried over from 2006. The GS models come with a five-speed manual that can be optioned to a four-speed automatic in the GS Sport; the GT also uses the five-speed manual with optional four-speed automatic, while the GT Limited comes with six-speed manual or four-speed automatic (which, in a rare turn, costs less than the manual gearbox).

Features on the GS include 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, power windows and locks, power mirrors, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary jack, memory card slot and four speakers, cruise control, 50/50 folding rear seat, fog lights, and rear washer/wiper.

The GS Sport adds vehicle immobilizer system, air conditioning, leather-wrapped wheel and shifter knob, six speakers and sunroof.

The GT adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, driver’s seat lumbar support and driver’s auto-down window, while the GT Limited adds anti-lock brakes, side seat airbags, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, aluminum pedals and an air quality control system.

The Tiburon’s upgrade turns this sporty model into more of a driving machine, especially in the GT Limited; since the Toyota Celica is no longer around, Hyundai pretty much has this reasonably-priced coupe market sewn up. While it doesn’t have the V6’s aggressive acceleration, the four-cylinder still conducts itself very nicely, with zippy performance that’s much better than its price-tag would suggest. Still, when you can get ABS and six airbags in some of the Accent models, it’s surprising that computerized brakes and side airbags are only found on the top-line Tiburon, and can’t be added to the other models.

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