2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo makes its official debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2012

After few leaked photos, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo made its debut today in Detroit and promises to take on the competition such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI or the MINI Cooper S. the 2013 Veloster Turbo is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine delivering 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1750 – 4500 rpm.

Hyundai says that the Veloster Turbo will be able to deliver a fuel consumption of 27 mpg city and best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or to an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Just like the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Veloster Turbo offers the automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifter and Shiftronic controls.

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo also offers a new design and comes with a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, new side sills, a dynamic rear bumper with diffuser vents in the lower fascia but also with a brand new centered exhaust system. These new pipes and the new intake manifold also allowed engineers to give the engine a more robust sound, which will delight enthusiasts.

Moreover, a new set of 18-inch gray wheels with chrome inserts completes the design. Veloster Turbo’s face also has signature eight individual headlight LED accents.

Regarding the color palette, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will be available in olors that fit the cars “own-it” attitude and characteristics of a long-distance runner, including Elite White. The interior color choices are Graphite Black or exclusive to the Turbo Graphite Black with Blue accents and headliner graphics for non-panoramic sunroof models.

With a quick glance, it is quite easy to recognize the influence of a custom high-performance sports bike on the design of the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo. For instance, sports bikes usually feature modified exhaust. Thus, the Veloster Turbo also features a modified exhaust, with the trapezoidal center exhaust replaced by two larger free flowing circular pipes that – along with the new intake manifold – help gives the engine a more titillating sound.

The exterior design of the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo is also defined by a larger and bolder hexagonal front grille, signature eight individual headlight LED accents, new dynamic rear bumper, sculpted side skirts, and prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia – resulting to more aggressive appearance and aerodynamic stability. Completing the exterior look of the new Veloster Turbo are 18-inch gray wheels with chrome inserts wrapped in on Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires.

Customers could have their Veloster Turbo wrapped in Matte Gray paint. To match the exterior modifications, the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo is endowed with upgraded key steering components like a revised steering calibration and a quicker ratio steering rack – resulting to a more precise feedback, control and cornering.

It also comes fitted with a finely tuned suspension setup that features, on the front, a McPherson strut front suspension, gas shock absorbers, coil springs and a 24-mm front stabilizer. On the rear, the Veloster Turbo is provided with a light-weight V-torsion beam, monotube shock absorbers and an integrated 23-mm stabilizer bar that allows arm bracing for a higher level of stiffness and body roll control.

All Veloster models are specified with electric power steering system that could adjust assistance according to current driving condition. This electric power steering system – boasting of better fuel economy than a conventional counterpart – allows the Veloster to have a turning diameter of 34.1 feet, which is better than that of the Mini (35.1 feet) and the Mini Clubman (36.1 feet).

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