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 |  Aug 24 2012, 4:03 PM

Tires can make all the difference when it comes to performance, which is why Hyundai will offer a summer tire option on it’s compact Veloster.

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 |  Jun 22 2012, 8:31 AM

The first automaker to offer a matte paint job on a mainstream production car, Hyundai is helping the once niche offering go mainstream.

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 |  Jun 06 2012, 1:45 PM

Hyundai announced pricing for its Veloster Turbo hot hatch today with a starting MSRP of $21,950 with a six-speed manual before a $775 destination fee. With 201 hp, the forced-induction version makes 63 hp more than the naturally-aspirated version.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 12:45 PM

The Hyundai Veloster has been celebrated for its quirky looks, but hindered by its lack of performance. To stave off the stigma, we were introduced to the Hyundai Veloster Turbo at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and now Hyundai CEO John Krafcik has leaked that the turbo package will cost a mere $1,600 more than the base MSRP of the Veloster. 

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 |  Jan 10 2012, 12:16 PM

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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

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GALLERY: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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 |  Jan 08 2012, 7:28 PM

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For many, there is only one problem with the Hyundai Veloster: it’s slow. Funky asymmetrical design aside, the interesting new Hyundai product left enthusiasts wanting and so to solve that issue the Korean automaker has unveiled a new turbocharged model today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

With a twin-scroll turbo mated to a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder output is rated at 201 hp at 6000 rpm and a significant 195 lb-ft of torque at just 1750 rpm. That’s a serious jump over the standard car’s 138 hp and just 123 lb-ft of torque. With that power (and more standard equipment) comes several hundred pounds of extra weight, putting the Veloster Turbo at 2,800 lbs. More than a MINI Cooper S but less than a Civic Si, Hyundai can still boast a better power to weight ratio than either of those cars.

As for fuel economy, the use of direct injection helps deliver a projected 27/38 rating with the six-speed manual. No numbers for the dual-clutch six-speed automatic are yet available.

In the transmission department both a six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic are available, with wider gears for the manual, so as to cope with the added power, while the auto-box gets closer gears to help keep it in the ideal power range.

In addition to power Hyundai has also tuned the car’s intake and exhaust notes and has firmed up the steering to improve driver feel. The car also looks noticeably sportier thanks to 18-inch wheels and it’s quite a lot meaner too, thanks to a large, monotone flat-fronted grille and a complete ground effects kit that ends out back with a large diffuser and two center-exit exhaust pipes. To help the car stand out further are Turbo-exclusive LED daytime running lights, as well as an optional Matte Gray paint – the first matte paint finish offered by Hyundai.

GALLERY: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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

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 |  Nov 01 2011, 12:50 AM

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Rumored for months and perhaps even years, Hyundai has confirmed it will offer a Veloster Turbo model. Announced by Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik at a media dinner in Las Vegas on the eve of the SEMA Show, the car will officially debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January. Krafcik was mum on Details regarding the engine output but did say it will be a turbocharged direct injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. Past reports have indicated the engine will make 204-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

At the SEMA Show Hyundai does have plans to unveil a turbocharged Veloster, but it won’t be a production car. Far from it. Built by ARK Performance, the race-inspired tuner car (above) will, however, sport a 210-hp twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-liter.

When the Veloster Turbo is finally unveiled it won’t be along with Krafcik also promising the debut of the 2013 Genesis Coupe in the Motor City.

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