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Achieving an Enhanced Driving Experience

Tuscani

New Mission – Project GK

  • Project GK

    Tiburon was an exquisitely designed model; it reflected Hyundai Motor’s intensive efforts and attempts at performance improvement. The successful launch of Tiburon raised the bar of consumer expectations for Korean-made sports cars. As time passed, consumers’ standards for driving experiences have increased, and this has led many to voice a need for solid body, the base, in order to meet such demands. This was the reason that the GK Project’s mission became “strengthening the power of the car body” while developing the following model. But, as we added more supplementary structure to enhance the power of the body, the car became heavier, resulting in more weight per horsepower, which spells a death sentence for a sports car. Thus, it became imperative for the GK project to create solutions that enhance the acceleration while not neglecting to strengthen the body power.

  • Project GK

    After a series of reviews and discussions, we decided to proceed with the development of a 2.7 liter GK model. Our plan was to leverage the follow up model, the size of which would be similar to that of Tiburon, and add the V6 engine, which was usually used for Grandeurs back then. We also decided to add 6-speed transmission, the first attempt for a Korean car, in order to develop an innovative sports car. We believed that the development of GK 2.7 model would satisfy the emerging needs for premium sports models in the Korean market, while promoting the brand image in advanced markets like the U.S. and Europe. In addition, it was anticipated that the GK 2.0 liter model would provide better accessibility to car aficionados and boost the “fun” element in relation to the aftermarket.

“Tuscani resembles Ferrari; the driving experience is sharp and tight.” - UK’s BBC “Top Gear” Season 2, Episode III

Tuscani
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Tuscani

In September 2001, Project GK was launched under the name of “Tuscani”. The name drew its inspiration from Tuscany, a region in Italy where the ancient Roman civilization originated. It was also called as the 2nd generation of Tiburon or Hyundai Coupe. Tuscani, compared to the previous model Tiburon, featured a much improved solidity in body and higher displacement of the engine, which all enhanced the driving performance. At the time of the launch, Tuscani created quite some ripples as the one and only Korean sports car. In addition, the advertising campaign that featured terms like “thrill”, “storm” and “explosive” stimulated the customers’ thirst for adventure driving. The overseas sales also reached unprecedented highs, with annual exports reaching 45,000 per year, and this contributed greatly to the positioning of Hyundai Motor as a global brand. In particular, Top Gear of UK’s BBC, a popular auto review program, stated that Tuscani resembles Ferrari, with rave reviews about the driving experience and the engine sound.

Foundation Stone of High Performing Powertrain

V6 2.7 liter “Delta (δ)” Engine

V6 2.7 liter “Delta (δ)” Engine

As mentioned earlier, Tuscani was the first ever car in Korea to adopt the V6 2.7 liter delta (δ) engine; the car’s trim “Elisa” featured the engine. As a result of the engine adoption, Tuscani reached the maximum output of 175ps and 25.0kg·m of highest torque with its V6 DOHC format. In addition, it thoroughly controlled the air-fuel ratio with the oxygen sensor to promote fuel economy and output. Although similar in size to Tiburon, Tuscani Elisa featured the V6 δ engine, which displayed powerful acceleration, reaching a high speed of 222km/h. In addition, the magnificent exhaust sound of the V6 engine was good enough to thrill and inspire the car enthusiasts.

The 2.0 liter beta engine

Advancement of New Engine Technology

The 2.0 liter beta engine installed in Tiburon was also newly revised for Tuscani. In order to increase the suction volumetric efficiency of the engine, the cylinder head was changed and absorption manifold was optimized for vibration and noise reduction. What’s more, the addition of the new Variable Valve Timing technology in the 2003 Tuscani 2.0 liter engine heralded a turning point. As the model that led the improvement of Hyundai Motor cars’ driving performance, Tuscani was the first car to feature VVT technology, which was soon adopted by other models.

※ What is VVT?
VVT is the technology that adjusts the timing of the valve opening and closing in accordance with the car speed or load, in order to optimize air suction. It enhances engine efficiency to induce additional engine performance.

6-Speed Manual Transmission

6-Speed Manual Transmission

The number 6 is very significant for Tuscani; it connotes the intersection of the V6 engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed manual transmission, the core part of Tuscani’s powertrain, was featured for the first time in Korean-made cars. To build in this feature, Tuscani used the product made by AICHI KIKAI, the renowned Japanese’ gearbox manufacturer. Increasing the number of gears for transmission through the gearbox brought about enhanced driving performance, as well as fuel economy improvement. In the initial stage, only the 2.7 liter Elisa model featured 6-speed manual transmission, but from 2004, Hyundai Motor also installed the transmission in its 2.0 liter model (GTS II). In addition, Hyundai Motor developed diverse gearbox lineups – 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission (H-Matic) – to provide customers with more options.

Improving Sports Driving Based on the Solid Car Body

  • Tuscani's engine room

    Strut bar was installed to lend additional power to the car body

    Tuscani features a sharp sign (#) type sub-frame that offers a solid and stable lower body. In addition, the improvement in platform reduced the damage to the car body in times of collision and enabled stable high speed driving. Inside the engine room, a strut bar was installed to lend additional power to the car body. The strut bar is a solid pillar that connects the mounts on both sides within the engine cover; it reduces the shock on suspension during driving and controls the shaking and incline on the car body during turns. As a result of such efforts to fortify the car body, Tuscani’s torsion rigidity reached 23,942Nm/deg., which was similar to the outputs of the sports coupe models in Europe back then.

    ※ What is torsion rigidity?
    It is the representative measurement that indicates the rigidness of the car body. Torsion rigidity refers to the force (Nm) that is required for twisting the car frame 1 degree while the front and the rear parts of the car are held tightened.

  • sports suspension

    In addition, the efforts to develop sports suspension that started with Tiburon were continued. The gas type shock absorbers used for strengthening Tuscani’s suspension and front wheel stabilizer reduced the shaking of the chassis and realized solid turn performance. Also, in Elisa, the high performance model, suspension co-developed with SACHS was installed. Elisa offered exquisite driving quality based on the solid feel of ride; this has led owners of some other cars to tune their cars with Elisa’s suspension. Reflecting such customer needs, Hyundai Motor installed Elisa-exclusive suspension in the 2.0 liter model (GTS II) in 2004 to let more customers enjoy an improved driving experience.

Design Reflecting Sports Experience

Tuscani

Not only did Hyundai Motor concentrate on sports driving-focused performance, but we also strived to strengthen the high performing sports experience with the exterior design for Tuscani. In contrast to the muscular and curvy Tiburon, Tuscani featured simple aesthetics with straight lines that seemed to go against the wind.

Tuscani featured ‘New Edge’ type details with its bigger air intake hole at the front bumper and the front fender garnish, which looked like a shark gill.

  • 17 Inch Aluminum Wheel

    17 Inch Aluminum Wheel Installed for the First Time in Korea

    Along with the enhanced driving performance of Tuscani, we installed a 17 inch aluminum wheel for the first time in Korea to enlarge the ground area of the tires; the enlargement of the ground area would enhance stability and the potential for turning and control during high speed driving. The perfect wheel design is still loved by many car enthusiasts.

  • Interior Design

    Interior Design - Coexistence of Premium Features and Sportiness

    Tuscani inherited the driver-centric simple layer that was handed down from Scoupe and Tiburon; there were also metal and aluminum materials installed in some parts of the interior to create a more luxurious sporty look. In addition, the sports bucket seat’s thick side bolster held the driver’s body securely during high speed driving or turning, while also giving an enhanced sense of unity between the car and the driver.

  • Multi Gage

    Multi Gage that Adds Joy to Driving

    Tuscani’s center fascia applied multi gage that provided engine torque, instant fuel economy and battery voltage information. The three needles that move dynamically in accordance with the accelerator stage during sports driving added elements of fun and excitement.

Tuscani Facelift - Two-Phase Change

Tuscani Facelift

Tuscani’s facelift was not only about changing the design; rather, it had more to do with the process of satisfying the higher standards and sensibilities of car aficionados by coming up with new technologies and specs. The first facelift model “F/L1“, which made its debut in September 2004, had the design trimmed for a more sporty style; it also adopted HID headlamps, which offered both superb functionality and aesthetic appeal. In addition, the vehicle dynamic control (VDC), the chassis control system, applied the punched disc type power brake system to strengthen stability, the most necessary condition in sports driving.

Tuscani’s facelift

Two years later in October 2006, the second facelift model – F/L2 – with an unconventional design was launched. The front part of the car was more progressive in design, and the headlamps were also changed to highlight the speed capabilities of the model. The interior design was also changed; it reflected a new color trend with red bucket seat and blue interior lights to add a sportier feel. The owners of the first Tuscani model decorated their car like the new model through part changes or tuning.

  • Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)

    Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)
  • Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)

    Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)
  • Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)

    Tuscani original model (2001. 9 ~ 2004. 8)
  • Tuscani F/L 1 model (2004. 9 ~ 2006. 9)

    Tuscani F/L 1 model (2004. 9 ~ 2006. 9)
  • Tuscani F/L 1 model (2004. 9 ~ 2006. 9)

    Tuscani F/L 1 model (2004. 9 ~ 2006. 9)
  • Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)

    Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)
  • Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)

    Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)
  • Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)

    Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)
  • Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)

    Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)
  • Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)

    Tuscani F/L 2 model (2006. 10 ~ 2008. 10)
  • Tuscani's engine room

    Tuscani's engine room
  • Tuscani's exclusive 'T-letter' emblem

    Tuscani's exclusive 'T-letter' emblem

Tuscani Runs Through the Green Hell

Nürburgring in Germany

Nürburgring in Germany is deemed the toughest circuit in the world; it consists of 154 corners over a distance of 20.8km. The huge gaps between the rises and falls and the steep corners earned it the nickname “The Green Hell”. It is a notorious circuit that has claimed the lives of many racers. A number of car manufacturers visit this place to test the performance of their new car designs; in fact, the driving result achieved in Nürburgring becomes the index of the car’s performance. The extreme challenge of running Nürburgring, the sacred site of motorsports, for 24 hours straight, is called “24 Hours Nürburgring”.

24 Hours Nürburgring

24 Hours Nürburgring is one of the top endurance races along with Le Mans 24 Hours in France and 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. All the car makers in the world enter this race; in fact, it is the biggest race in Europe, where more than 200 cars of diverse classes compete against each other. Tuscani joined the race challenge in June 2007, with SP 4-5 class (above 2,000 cc and below 3,000 cc). With the superb driving performance and durability based on its stronger chassis, Tuscani recorded 99 laps, 18 hours 4 minutes 12 seconds of driving time and the best lap time of 9 minutes 51 seconds 367, climbing up to class ranking of #2 and #13 among all classes. It was indeed a valuable performance, competing against renowned competitors from all over the world.

The second story tells us about the Tuscani owners and shows us what the behind-the-scenes developers have to say about enhancing the driving experience.

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