2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo – More Power, Matte Paint: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo – More Power, Matte Paint: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

We’ve already been given details on Hyundai‘s upcoming Veloster Turbo, now we’ve actually seen it in the flesh. Unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the car is projected to go on sale this summer and sports a blown and intercooled version of the 1.6-liter, direct injected Gamma four-cylinder under the hood.

Rated at 201 horsepower and 194 lb-ft of torque (across a wide 1750 to 4500 rpm spread) the motor sports a twin-scroll turbocharger contained within a housing integrated with the exhaust manifold, designed to improve throttle response and promote lower combustion chamber temperatures, plus a motor driven electrical wastegate and compact side-by side configuration intercooler. Dished pistons with cooling jets and a low friction valvetrain are also employed for durability.

Besides the choice of six-speed manual and six-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions, quicker ratio steering, unique body pieces and special 18-inch wheels shod in Kumho 215/40ZR/18 tires promise to make the Veloster quite an entertaining machine to drive, in view of its 2,800 lb curb weight, which is 77 lbs less than the Honda Civic Si coupe and 237 less than the VW GTI.

Inside, the Veloster Turbo comes with standard heated front seats and dual TFT screens between the speedometer and rev counter, designed to keep the driver informed of what’s going on at all times.

For those that can’t wait until August, Hyundai also released the virtual Veloster Turbo for Forza Motorsport 4 at the same time the actual car made its world debut, giving both gamers and enthusiasts alike, a chance to have some fun with Hyundai’s latest sporty offering before it actually goes on sale.

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Debut


GALLERY: Hyundai Veloster Turbo


See AutoGuide’s First Look Video of the Veloster Turbo below:

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  • Mike

    I dont get why they didnt release this at the exact same time as the production model. It was only roughly a 6 month gap between the release of the Production N/A to produce this… Turbo model..

    I think Hyundai pissed off a lot of people who bought none turbo variants who wanted turbo variants!

  • Brian

    Very even power and torque numbers. Not bad for 1.6L. Interested to see how much this turbo version will cost.

  • Ray

    @Mike, Hyundai is a weird brand. The Veloster has 2 doors on the passenger side and one on the driver side, who does that? . I’ll give the Veloster a second look once Hyundai decides to release a 5 door Veloster.

  • Eli Hyunda Guy

    Hey Ray, Hyundai is a popular brand because they don’t do what everyone else is doing, and there is a 5 door Veloster, it’s called and Accent Hatchback. Thanks

  • Karl

    This is hardly the first vehicle that put an extra door on just one side of a coupe! Look it up.

  • Bryan

    Hyundai is known for listening to complaints about its current models on the market and making mid year (some times major) improvements. There was much talk of the anticipated turbo model, so you can not be pissed if you bought early.

  • Kevin

    At some of the peeps who think having an asymmetrically doored model is erm, weird…well no! NOt at least if you look at the market its aimed at. Young newb couples whom may or may not have a little rugrat. Husband is the driver so wive and kid get in the other side, hence 1 door on the drivers side. It is in hindsight a form of coupe, with a kind of compromise for those women who complain about not being able to put the kid in the back without another door – along comes the Veloster; spank-you very much Hyundai for such a great little car.

    NOTE: Hyundai, erm…please not the following:
    1) 230bhp would have been better.
    2) larger front rotors with at least decent calipers.
    3) Leather option. (?)
    4) Quicker shifting DCT with paddles ON the columb…dah!
    Just a few tidbits there and, for free!

  • carguy

    Hyundai one again shows Honda what it should have done with the Civic SI by offering a turbo (while Honda just used its dated normally aspirated 2.4 from the TSX). The result is the Veloster will have more torque at much lower rpm and superior gas mileage to the Civic (37 mpg for for Hyundai vs. the Civic’s 31 mpg). I suspect the Veloster will also be faster too.


    Looks like an awesome practical car that’s fun to drive with awesome power to weight ratios. A good daily driver and good street or track performance warrior with it GDI Turbo engine. But still kind of ify about its hatchback looks. But the power numbers seem to cross cancel the hatch look since I am a coupe and sedan guy. =) only now wish they put that turbo engine in my 2011 Kia Forte Koup lol

  • superenduser

    In the video he said it has the dual clutch transmision. I thought the 2013 is going with a newly designed trans or is going to use the Genisis trans design?

    I hope the ditch the dual clutch, nice try but no cigar!

  • Gretchen Hooks

    Dished pistons with cooling jets and a low friction valvetrain are also employed for durability.