Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Hyundai Coupe is a sports coupe (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the South Korean marque Hyundai. It was produced from 1996 to 2008 for 2 generations —and several restylings—. Originally, the Hyundai Coupe was called Hyundai Tiburon. However, the Korean marque had problems when marketing this brand in Europe, since the name is already registered by Citroën.

The first generation Hyundai Coupe was sold between 1996 and 1999. It was sold with a petrol engine exclusively. The 1.6 variants were developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi, while the more powerful variants came from Hyundai itself. Subsequently, the RD2 model came with an exterior redesign. In Spain, this model is known as Bifaro, while in the rest of the world, the Hyundai Coupe RD2 is known as Turbulence.

The second-generation Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon arrived in North America in 2001, taking one year to reach the European market. This generation was equipped with much more powerful engines thanks to variable valve timing and V6 engine variants. Later, the model underwent a new aesthetic redesign, both interior and exterior.

In 2010, Hyundai decided not to keep this model in production, although it had an excellent reputation among lovers of tuning, thanks to its affordability despite being a sports car. Currently, its natural successor is the Hyundai Veloster, although these two vehicles don’t share the same philosophy. Other followers of the Korean brand believe it more logical to consider the Hyundai Genesis Coupe as the natural successor of this model.

Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Hyundai Coupe models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Hyundai Coupe.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon I – First Generation (RD, RD2) (1996)


Diesel Engines

  • There are no diesel-engined versions of the Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon Gen 1.

Petrol Engines

  • G4GR 1.6 16V 116 CV (1998 – 2002)
  • G4ED-G 1.6 i 16V 107 CV (2000 – 2002)
  • G4GR 1.6 i 16V 114 CV (1996 – 2002)
  • G4GM 1.8 SX 128 CV (1996 – 2002)
  • G4DF 2.0 137 CV (1999 – 2002)
  • G4GF 2.0 16V 139 CV (1996 – 2002)
  • G4DF 2.0 16V 135 CV (2001 – 2002)
  • G4GF 2.0 Evolution 154 CV (1999 – 2001)

Hyundai Coupe / Tiburon II – Second Generation (GK, GK F/L, GK F) (2001)


Diesel Engines

  • There are no diesel-engined versions of the Hyundai Coupe Gen 2.

Petrol Engines

  • G4ED 1.6 16V 105 CV (2002 – 2009)
  • G4ED 1.6 16V 107 CV (2002 – 2009)
  • G4GC 2.0 136 CV (2001 – 2009)
  • G4GC-G 2.0 139 CV (2002 – 2009)
  • G4GC 2.0 GLS 143 CV (2003 – 2009)
  • G6BA 2.7 V6 165 CV (2001 – 2009)
  • G6BA 2.7 V6 167 CV (2002 – 2009)

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