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Veloster Turbo R-Spec: More Bang for Your Buck

Performance focused model will be the lowest price Veloster Turbo in the range.

Unveiled at the LA Motor Show this week, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is a performance-oriented variant of the Veloster. This is not a high-performance Turbo, rather one that is more affordable aimed at those that are happy to tune the car and content to live without the comfort and connectivity offered by the stock Turbo, such as the push-button start, heated leather seats and automatic driver’s window. These deletions have the added bonus of reducing the R-Spec’s weight, too.

The 1.6-liter turbo has an unchanged output of 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, but aftermarket tuners will have a field day with that. The R-Spec is distinguished by a new front splitter that can be optioned in red, R-Spec badging, and an interior with exclusive red leather trim and red cloth sports seats. A tuned chassis, B&M Racing sport shifter, new six-speed manual box and new Torque Vectoring Control system are other enhancements that set the R-Spec apart from the stock Veloster. Production will start in December with deliveries taking place in February. Pricing has yet to be released, but as the lowest-priced model in the Veloster Turbo range, expect something around the $20,000 mark.

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