2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo may have a starting price of $22,280

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2012

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo may have a starting price of $22,280 (with a base price of $21,500 plus $760 in destination charges), according to an Inside Line report that cited a Hyundai official. At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, CEO John Krafcik provided plenty of details about the new, sporty version of the hatch but he didn’t give the pricing information.

He said that this car would start selling this summer and that this car would be powered by the 1.6-liter, 201-horsepower direct-injection four-cylinder and would be offered with a six-speed manual or a conventional six-speed automatic.

It weighs 2,800-3,005 lbs and has brake diameters of 11.8/10.3 and tire size of P215/40VR18. In comparison, the base 2012 Hyundai Veloster is priced from $18,060 and comes with a $760 destination charge. Meanwhile, the four-door Civic Si has a price tag of $23,175.

Hyundai officials also said that the Veloster Turbo isn’t available with a six-speed dual clutch gearbox since it isn’t part of the original U.S. product plan.

Hence, the mileage-oriented six-speed dual-clutch unit on the regular Veloster wasn't intended to handle the additional torque and can't be used for the turbocar. The 195 pound-feet of torque is considerably more than 123 pound-feet when talking about a transmission. At this juncture, the buyer had to get the car with a six-speed auto (and a 6MT). This only gives more reasons to go for the six-speed manual.

Hyundai’s designers were inspired by custom high-performance sport bikes in designing the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo. To this effect, the Veloster Turbo now features two large free-flowing circular pipes, getting rid of the trapezoidal center exhaust found in the Veloster. These circular pipes, along with a new intake manifold, allow the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo to let out an exciting growl.

Upon closer inspection, several new exterior elements have made the Hyundai Veloster Turbo look more aggressive and aerodynamically stable than the Veloster. These elements include its bigger hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts, and a new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia. The car’s aggressive appearance is highlighted by the signature eight individual headlight LED accents and 18-inch gray wheels -- with chrome inserts – as wrapped in Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires. Customers may choose to have their new Veloster Turbo finished in a Matte Gray paint, a first at Hyundai.

Matching the new aggressive looks of the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo is its finely tuned suspension setup. Hyundai also upgraded a number of key components in the steering, allowing the Veloster Turbo to boast a quicker ratio steering rack as well as a revised steering calibration.

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