Next week, Hyundai will unveil its European spec Veloster Turbo at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Contending in a competitive hot-hatch market, Hyundai UK President and CEO Tony Whitehorn said, “Veloster has quickly established itself as fun car and a unique proposition. The enhanced performance will increase the Veloster’s appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, a fun drive and the practicality of a hatchback.”
The Veloster Turbo will be the first Hyundai to feature the twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI engine. To optimize fuel efficiency as well as performance, the new T-GDI engine features an air-guided intercooler, direct fuel injection, dual continuously variable valve timing, and an auxiliary belt for enhanced engine reliability.
According to specs, the engine will produce 183-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, capable of reaching 60 mph in 8.4 seconds with the in-house developed manual transmission. Comparatively, the North American offering produces a more robust 201-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Whitehorn explained, “UK drivers tend to prefer more torque from a lower engine speed, so our European engineers have specified a set-up that still provides a substantial increase in power– up from 140 ps to 186 ps– while also delivering the desired low-end torque. The resulting package is very competitive against the performance of competitors such as VW Scirocco and Vauxhall Astra.”
Aesthetics wise, the Veloster Turbo delivers all the quirky styling of the standard Veloster but will also feature unique front and rear bumper treatments, 18-inch wheels fitted all around, fog lights, a new rear spoiler, a sportier grill, as well as unique projection headlights with LED daylight accents.
Look for more details and pictures on the new Veloster Turbo as we near the Geneva Auto Show.