The TSIII is a special edition of the SIII and was introduced earlier this year (2008). The TSIII differs from the SIII in that its 17-inch alloys are in an anthracite colour, which sets off the four new exterior colours well, especially the white. The TSIII has its own colour range: Stone Black, Carbon Grey, Rose Red and Crystal White. The red and white body colours have never been used on the Coupe before and are available in very limited numbers.
At the rear the TSIII has quad exhaust pipes, which make a very nice noise, and there is a larger boot spoiler with an integrated brake light. It may be bigger but it doesn’t look extreme or out of place. The rest of the differences are more in the detail than mechanical, save for the Eibach sports suspension for extra road holding and a lower stance.
There are no trim levels to the new Coupe range and the engine size determines the specification. There are only two from which to choose. The 103PS, 1.6 SIII is, in effect, the base model priced at a very reasonable £15,905. This buys cloth upholstery with leather trims, a leather-clad, gear knob and rake-adjustable steering wheel, front central armrest-cum-storage console plus another overhead with sunglasses holder, front foglights, a single tailpipe, air-conditioning, electric door mirrors, powered windows, mechanical height adjustment and lumbar support for the driver and RDS radio/CD player with iPod connectivity and speed sensitive front wipers. The rear window has a wash/wipe function but its effectiveness is right up there with chocolate teapots!
The 2.0 SIII and TSIII are priced at £18,155 and £19,705, respectively. The higher prices buy leather seat covers, metal trimmed pedals, air-con climate control, cruise control, an electric tilt and slide sunroof, heated door mirrors and heated front seats.
The TSIII seats are a little different in that they are in a sportier style for extra support and feature the TSIII logo embroidered on all four seats. These also have quilted sections with matching door panels. Satellite Navigation is available as a £495 option throughout the range.
Both engines are 4-cylinder petrol units and come with a 5-speed, manual gearbox - a 4-speed H-matic, automatic transmission is an option with the larger engine for an additional £1,000. On the subject of larger engines, at one point there was a 2.7 V6 unit in the line-up but this has been discontinued, which is a shame. But V6 Coupe fans should keep their fingers crossed that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe makes it to the UK.
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