Hyundai Motor America announced that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster will be priced from $21,950 (Freight Charges for the 2013MY Veloster are $775) and for these money you will get the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine delivering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm, an aggressive body kit, front heated leather sport seats, tuned exhaust, sport-tuned steering, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlight accents and taillights.
2013MY Veloster Turbo will be capable to deliver 26 mpg city and a best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models. The Veloster Turbo using the 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic will be priced at $22,950.
The design of the new Veloster Turbo features a hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts and new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in order to differentiate itself from the base model.
The interior features leather seats with Turbo-embroidered stitching, a turbo-exclusive electroluminescent gauge cluster, two TFT screens, heated front sport seats and race-inspired push-button start and alloy pedals as standard equipment.
The Veloster Turbo from Hyundai does have a more aggressive look and is complemented by the finely tuned suspension configuration. Indeed, all Velosters have in the front McPherson strut suspension. It also comes with the gas shock absorbers, coil springs, and front stabilizer measuring 24 mm in diameter. Meanwhile, the suspension in the rear comes with a lightweight V-torsion beam, a first for Hyundai.
There is also a stabilizer bar with a diameter of 23 mm. With this, the arms can be braced ensuring not only better stiffness but also enhancing control body roll. To ensure ride comfort, the suspension in the rear utilizes monotube shock absorbers. All Velosters are fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a 24 mm diameter front stabilizer.
The rear suspension is a light-weight V-torsion beam, a Hyundai-first, with an integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar to allow bracing of the arms for greater stiffness and to further control body roll. The rear suspension also uses monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. For better control, some important parts of the steering wheel were improved for this version.
Specifically, the steering rack now has a quicker ratio and is complemented with the revised steering calibration. This combination gives drivers better control, excellent feedback, and precise cornering. Equipped to the Veloster Turbo are the Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires which make sure that performance is present without compromising the ride.
In terms of design, the new Veloster Turbo is unique in the sense that it is based on the high-performance custom sport bike. With regards to the upgrades, Hyundai made sure to enhance the exhaust. Rather than use a trapezoidal center exhaust, the design team instead used a pair of free flowing circular pipes that are larger as well.
Through these pipes plus the new intake manifold fitted, the engineering team delivered an engine with a more vigorous sound, a quality that many enthusiasts will surely love. Aside from the making the hexagonal grille in the front bigger, the side skirts now have a sculpted look with the rear bumper not only more dynamic but has those diffuser vents placed in the lower fascia made more prominent.
This not only helps bring out that aggressive appearance in the Veloster Turbo but also provides aerodynamic stability. Those who have been fans of the Veloster will likely be delighted that the Veloster Turbo will be available in Matte Gray, the first for a Hyundai model. Rounding off its design is the 18-inch wheels in gray and its chrome inserts. It goes without saying that the front section continues to have the well-known individual LED headlight accents, all eight of them.