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Hyundai has teamed up with Fox Marketing Cars to build a wildly customized Veloster. Far more than just a fancy paint job this vehicle is the most powerful “street-focused” Veloster ever. It will be showcased at the Annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada in just about a week and a half.
Color Me Surprised
Automakers have come a long way from the days of Henry Ford’s Model T. While many colors were available over the “Tin Lizzy’s” long production run, this rugged and bare-bones vehicle was only offered in black for many years. Talk about choice!
Today, car manufacturers offer more hues than there are colors of the rainbow. But that’s not all. Depending on the product, customers can get shimmering metal flake or even special pearlescent paint jobs that seem to change color under different lighting conditions.
Spurning the basics like black, white and beige, even mass-market companies are offering buyers ever more assaulting hues. These days you don’t have to pony up the cash for a Lamborghini to drive something bright. Here are the Top 10 Craziest Paint Colors Available Today.
Ah to be young again. AutoGuide’s nationally recognized, board-certified Oracles remember their youth vividly… it was terrible. People often say age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, unfortunately they were born wearing elastic-waist jeans and Science Olympiad fanny packs. Gingivitis arrived when they were in middle school.
Surprising, considering it’s faced two recent recalls, the 2013 Ford Escape is the most read new car review on AutoGuide this week.
In an effort to squeeze as much power from every car, while making them more fuel-friendly, automakers are increasingly switching their engines to use a technology that’s not exactly new and which isn’t typically associated with fuel economy – turbocharging.
The automotive industry is a global business that is constantly evolving and growing, and we here at AutoGuide know it can be hard to keep up sometimes. So here is a summary of the top stories you may have missed this week:
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.
We introduced you to the first of Hyundai’s Super Bowl ads today. Well, Hyundai isn’t stopping with just one – we’ve got our hands on another ad for you to preview before the big game.
In a 30-second ad titled “Cheetah,” which will be shown sometime during the first quarter of the game, a cheetah goes head-to-head with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo. The cheetah is let out of its cage, and the two take off down the open road. It’s not long before the cheetah realizes it’s beat, and turns out to be a sore loser… as it turns on its trainer.
We don’t know how many cheetahs you’re going to have the chance to outrun in your Veloster Turbo, but it’s still a pretty impressive feat to say that you could if you wanted to. Watch the ad after the jump.
The Hyundai Veloster is arguably this year’s hot sport compact, and Hyundai came out in full force with a collection of Velosters covering both the “show” and “go” ends of the spectrum.
First up is the hotly anticipated ARK Performance Veloster, featuring the first application of a turbocharger on the Veloster. With Hyundai’s subsequent announcement of a Veloster Turbo for 2012, the ARK gives us a pretty good preview of what to expect – a twin scroll turbocharger putting out 210 horsepower. The wild green paint scheme and tuner-esque wheels likely won’t make the cut.
The PM Lifestyle Veloster was developed by Universal Technical Institute, a training school for auto mechanics. Konig wheels, carbon fiber hood, a custom interior and the usual bolt-ons add visual flair and boost power to 163-horsepower. The Hyundai Re:Mix Veloster Music Veloster is obviously focused on audio, with a full DJ deck setup installed in the trunk while the Re:Mix Gaming Veloster is focused on video games, with an XBOX in place of the DJ booth.
Finally, the RMR Global Rallycross Veloster was built by Rhys Millen Racing to take on the competition in 2WD Rallycross. The sport exists in a much different form in the rest of the world, as opposed to the X-Games style Rallycross popular on our shores. Lightweight body panels, a 300 horsepower turbocharged engine, rally suspension, safety modifications and rally tires help take the Veloster from sport compact into a real deal race car.
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Gallery: Hyundai Veloster SEMA Concepts
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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Hyundai has revealed official details of its upcoming Veloster Turbo model, which is listed with a rating of 204-hp. A significant increase over the 140-hp of the standard model the Gama 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gets a twin scroll turbocharger and direct-injection. Full power comes on at just 6000 rpm, with a significant 195 lb-ft of torque at just 1750 rpm.
In addition Hyundai has announced details of a Euro-market 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel with 150-hp and 282 lb-ft of torque.
Details of both engines were revealed at the company’s 11th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference in Korea. The exact power output numbers for the North American market have not yet been revealed.
GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Veloster
The car will use an upgraded version of the Gamma 1.6L direct-injection 4-cylinder producing 208 horsepower, putting it in direct competition with the Volkswagen GTI, MINI Cooper S and other boosted hot hatches. Hyundai is also reportedly aiming to get close to the base Veloster’s 40 mpg rating.
UPDATE: Hyundai has confirmed that this rumor is just speculation and that a Veloster Turbo will not debut in New York. As previously reported, Hyundai will instead unveil the new 2012 Accent.
Get more Hyundai Veloster news and info at Veloster.org