Hyundai Veloster Turbo debuts at Detroit Auto Show
The Hyundai Veloster is in the news again. After gaining so much popularity for its quirky design, Hyundai’s 3-door youth car was fast diminishing from the spotlight for obvious reasons. Highly underpowered for a supposed sporty car, the Veloster is powered by a naturally-aspirated 138 hp 1.6-litre with direct injection. Even better, the GCC were given a 130 hp version of the same engine, minus the direct injection. But for some at least, Hyundai has addressed the issue with a turbo now.
Debuting at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster Turbo gets a new face. Even more aggressive than the base model, the face seems alarmingly similar to the upcoming facelifted 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It comes complete with black hexagonal grille, fog lamps and a revised rear fascia which now features two centre-mounted exhaust-tips.
The most impressive feature is under the hood. The new direct-injected turbo 1.6-litre engine now produces a stunning 201 hp with 264 Nm of torque. It weighs in at 1273 kg.
The suspension doesn’t get any new changes, while steering has been tweaked to be more quicker. The exhaust system has been updated, in line with the turbo setup, and should sound sportier as well.
Currently, the transmissions on offer will be same as the base Veloster, namely a 6-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic.
Other goodies for the Veloster Turbo include 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and a themed black and blue interior with LED exterior accent lighting. The infotainment department is taken care of with two TFT info screens in the instrument panel and a 450-watt 8-speaker system. Optional is a new grey matte paint direct from the factory.
This car goes on sale this summer elsewhere, but as always, expect the GCC to be exempt from receiving such turbo or direct-injection models. We hear Hyundai is looking into the possibility of shipping these modern engines to the UAE, but that could take a while.