The car has new front and rear ends, a newly-sculpted bonnet and lights, a new rear bumper, larger rear spoiler and five-spoke wheel design. Inside, the gloomy black plastic has been replaced by lighter-coloured materials and there is a metallic silver industrial aluminium finish for ventilation controls, gearlever and door panels. A four-speed automatic transmission is available, as well as standard five-speed manual, and safety features have been improved. A depowered driver's airbag is fitted as standard, as are upgraded seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters and dual side impact bars.
The car tested was the 2.0-litre 137bhp variant and if the 1.6 111bhp is anything like as good then at the amazing starting price of £13,999 this is the coupe to beat. Snap one up quickly, because the Coupe, launched in 1996, is approaching the end of its shelf-life. At the end of 2001 it will be replaced by what Hyundai bosses are calling a Ferrari 456-lookalike powered by a 2.7 V6 engine.