2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rolls into Detroit

2012 Detroit Auto Show / Comments

The new Veloster has finally been given some street cred with a new 201hp turbocharged sports-tuned engine.

The Veloster had a solid start when released last fall and in its first few months managed to outsell competitors such as the Scion tC and Honda CR-Z. The car's unique blend of funky styling, economy, and connectivity was an instant hit; yet given the sporty styling of the three-door, there seems to be a disconnect between the performance of the 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder and the car's racy looks. Such criticism has been quickly taken on board by Hyundai, and the turbocharged Veloster is their repost.

Packing a new 201hp 194lb-ft of torque version of the T-GDI engine courtesy of a twin-scroll turbo and unique motor-actuated wastegate, the power matches the pricier VW GTI and Mini Cooper S while offering a better weight-to-power ratio. The engine is paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and also benefits from a side-by-side intercooler and a stainless-steel exhaust system. Despite the extra power, the Veloster Turbo amazingly returns a best-in-class 27/38mpg city/highway.

The car's profile remains as is, save for new 18-inch alloys, while at the back the Turbo gains LED tail lamps and large round exhaust outlets that Hyundai claims has a throatier sound. There's also a new lower fascia with integrated diffuser and a pair of outboard reflectors. At the front, eight individual LED accent lights appear around the headlamps, and a hexagonal opening to replace the chrome-edge grille slot is bookmarked by new fog lights. The new Matte Gray exterior is not just for show, and is complemented inside by a Graphite Black interior with (or without) blue trim and special headliner graphics.

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'Turbo' is stitched into the backrests of the standard heated seats plus the instrument panel has been enhanced with a pair of TFT screens in the gauge cluster. A standard 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with eight speakers, subwoofer and external amp also features, as does a rear-view camera and back-up warning sensors. The 2013 Veloster Turbo will arrive in the summer, with prices expected to start in the low 20s.

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