The Hyundai Scoupe was a two door coupe manufactured from 1990 to 1995. It was based closely on the Hyundai Excel, an internationally popular inexpensive sedan. The smaller, lighter coupe was meant to be a sportier version of the practical and affordable Excel, but it soon lagged enough behind the Excel in sales that the model was dropped from Hyundai manufacture. The sporty, two-door style coupe was replaced by the Hyundai Tiburon in 1996, which was succeeded by the Hyundai Veloster.
The little Scoupe got its one and only facelift in 1993 but with only minor changes in body. Overall, it is a fun little car to drive, and DIY enthusiasts get much entertainment out of fiddling around under the bonnet of the Scoupe. It is an excellent car in which to learn to drive or on which to learn car mechanics. The BBC's Top Gear featured the Hyundai Scoupe as the perfect car for a 17-year-old driver.
Light and zippy, Hyundai Scoupes continue to put along all over the world, even with hundreds of thousands of miles under their wheels. They have a lot of character, and many drivers have become attached to their Hyundai Scoupes of 10 or more years.
The 1990 Hyundai Scoupe was rolled off the factory floor with a 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre multi-point injection engine delivering 60kW of power at 5500 rpm and 120Nm of torque at 3500-3500rpm with a 9.4 compression ratio. For a little car, the 1990 Scoupe had about average fuel-efficiency with about 6.4 litres per 100/Km.
The last Scoupes manufactured in 1995 featured a regular aspirated engine or a turbocharged option. The 1995 Hyundai Scoupe LS had a 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre multi-point injection aspirated engine with a compression rate of 10. The engine in the Scoupe LS delivers 65kW of power at 5500rpm, up from the original 1990 base model with only 60kW. At 3500-3500rpm, the torque on this engine is about 132Nm, also up slightly from the 1990 base of 120Nm. Fuel efficiency also increased, with drivers getting about 7L/100km in the 1995 Scoupe LS.
The turbocharged engine in the 1995 Hyundai Scoupe Turbo is a 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre multi-point injection turbo engine delivering 85kW of power at 5500rpm and 168Nm of torque at 4500-4500rpm. The turbocharged Alpha engine gives a compression ratio of 10 and 6.2L/100Km of fuel efficiency. The pokey engine accelerates from 0-100Km/h in 9.3 seconds.
When Hyundai stopped making the Scoupe, the standard kit included front and rear power windows, power steering, central locking, front fog lamps, cassette player, a 4-speaker stereo, first row sports seats, and sports suspension, though many owners have since updated the sound system and added GPS mounts and Bluetooth music controls.
Originally, however, the Scoupe came with only the basics. In 1990, it came standard with just front and rear power windows, power steering, and a cassette player. The updates between the 1990 and 1995 models reflect updating technology in the early 90s, but also a wish to keep down the cost of the Scoupe. Keeping the Scoupe fairly featureless was an effective manufacturing technique for keeping the Scoupe an affordable alternative to its Excel cousin.
All model years can be found with both manual and automatic transmissions.
Buyers who want a Scoupe that’s a little more modern should look at the daughter of the Scoupe, the Hyundai Tiburon. While it doesn’t compare in price, the Tiburon is infinitely cooler looking. The 2002 Hyundai Tiburon GK costs nearly five times as much as a 1995 Scoupe, but is a luxury sports car from boot to bonnet, delivering 102kW of power at 6000rpm and 181Nm of torque at 4500-4500rpm from its 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre engine.
Buyers who want a similarly priced vehicle from Hyundai should check out the Hyundai Excel (also known as the Hyundai Accent in Australia), the not-so-sporty cousin and predecessor of the Scoupe. The 1995 Hyundai Excel came with 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre engine delivering 65kW of power and 134Nm of torque, compared with the 1995 Hyundai Scoupe LS which came with a 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre engine delivering 65kW of power and 132Mn of torque. The Hyundai Excel and Scoupe compare similarly in fuel efficiency with the 1995 Hyundai Excel GLX X3 providing 6 litres per 100Km to the 1995 Hyundai Scoupe Turbo’s 6.2L/100Km.