2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo equipped with the DCT will lose some of its power

Article by Christian A., on June 13, 2012

Hyundai has released the official pricing and several new details about the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. The Canadian market will get the standard backup sensors while for the U.S. customers, the sensors will be available as standard only with the tech package and with the ultimate package. The new Veloster, which is equipped with DCT, will actually lose some of its power – exactly 6 hp and 3 lb-ft of torque.

A source from inside Hyundai said on the Veloster forum that even with the loss in power, this gear will be geared more for delivering low-end torque.

Hyundai’s revisions for the 2013 Veloster include standard backup sensors across the full line and a redesigned front-steering knuckle that resulted in the brake caliper being shifted to the other side of the front disk.

It’s believed that it now has low-end rev power because of the frequent criticism that the Veloster had a low power. It also boosts the overall sense of a sporty drive even when its power actually dropped.

For those who don't know, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1750 – 4500 rpm. According to the manufacturer, the Veloster Turbo will deliver a fuel consumption of 27 mpg and best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models.

Upon closer look, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo does have some design cues found in bespoke high-performance sport bikes. This is because this sportier version of the Veloster is inspired by the two-wheeled vehicle. For instance, sport bikes often feature modified exhaust. Now, the Veloster Turbo gets rid of the trapezoidal center exhaust found in the Veloster, and is replaced by two larger free flowing circular pipes. Thanks to these circular pipes and the new intake manifold, the engine of the Veloster Turbo could produce a more robust audio-track.

Further visual changes made on the new Veloster Turbo include a larger hexagonal front grille, more sculpted side skirts as well as a more dynamic rear bumper with striking diffuser vents. The front end of the Veloster Turbo also features signature eight individual headlight LED accents. Likewise, Hyundai is offering a new finish for the Veloster Turbo -- Matte Gray. This new offering from Hyundai rides on a set of 18-inch gray wheels with chrome inserts.

Of course, the changes made aren’t just exclusive to the appearance of the Veloster Turbo, as its inner workings were also tweaked. For instance, the Veloster Turbo comes with a finely tuned suspension setup. Its steering system also features upgraded components like a quicker ratio steering rack as well as revised steering calibration. The wheels of the new Veloster Turbo are wrapped in Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires that are designed to optimize the car’s performance without compromising the ride.

Hyundai has installed all versions of the Veloster with a front suspension that includes McPherson strut and coil springs, as well as gas shock absorbers and a 24 mm front stabilizer. The rear suspension, meanwhile, includes a lightweight V-torsion beam, an integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar, and monotube shock absorbers.

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