Interested buyers for Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo SE could avail of the turbocharged version of the Veloster 1+2 door coupe beginning September 24, 2012. Having a starting price of £21,995, the Veloster Turbo SE is Hyundai’s first vehicle to feature its 1.6-litre T-GDI engine with a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger.
Hyundai tweaked Veloster Turbo SE’s engine to suit European driving tastes and improve driving experience by increasing its power output and low end torque. The engine provides 186PS (184bhp) of output and 195lb ft (265Nm) of torque, which is transmitted to the wheels via a standard six-speed manual gearbox with wider gear ratios. This power allows the Veloster Turbo SE to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 8.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 133 mph. Its maximum torque is between 1,500rpm and 4,500rpm.
The Veloster Turbo SE provides a more engaging and responsive drive. The Veloster Turbo SE also boasts of improved body control, thanks to firmer dampers. The exterior of the Veloster Turbo SE keeps the standard car’s unique 1+2 door layout, but boasts of visual enhancements -- front bumper, radiator grille and front fog lights -- to give it a sportier look. The rear of the Veloster Turbo SE is also endowed with a revised bumper, which includes a new fog lamp design with round twin exhausts and diffuser.
The vehicle is also fitted with a longer and wider rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, as well as a red “Turbo” nameplate on the bottom right of the bootlid. The Veloster Turbo SE rides on 18-inch alloy wheels featuring new designs with chrome inserts. All these features are complemented by a moulded side sill, which gives the Veloster Turbo SE a low and sporty stance.
A buyer could choose from three colour options: White Crystal (Solid) as standard, Phantom Black (Pearl) and Matt Grey finish. To get the Pearl and Matt Grey finishes, a buyer has to dish out an additional £445 and £525 respectively. A buyer could have tilt-and-slide Panoramic sunroof fitted for just £950.
With the new Veloster Turbo clearly having a look that is more aggressive, Hyundai managed to complement this by having a finely-tuned suspension. Overall, for this model, only a number of parts of the steering were improved. Thus, while the steering calibration was revised, this is balanced with a steering rack that offers a quicker ratio.
As a result, the Veloster Turbo is not only able to offer better control and feedback but also precise cornering. Further, the use of the KH25 215/40R18 85V Kumho Solus tires means that performance is optimized without the drive being compromised. When it comes to the design, the new Veloster Turbo sports a rather distinct one as it is inspired by a high-performance customize sport bike. Most enthusiasts know that when it comes to sport bikes, the most popular upgrade remains to be related to the exhaust.
With this in mind, the design team at Hyundai decided not to use the trapezoidal center exhaust and instead put in a pair of free flowing larger circular pipes. Because of the new circular pipes, plus the fact that there is also a new intake manifold, the engineering team was able to give the engine a stronger sound. This is something many enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.
Compared to the base model, the design of the new Veloster Turbo is able to give it a more aggressive appearance while enhancing aerodynamic stability. This is owed to a combination of the rear bumper having on its lower fascia diffuser vents that are more pronounced, sculpted side skirts, and the bolder and larger hexagonal grille on the front.
For those who are familiar with the Veloster, the Veloster Turbo will likely be a treat as one choice of color will be Matte Gray paint, a first for the brand. Rounding off the well-known style of this lineup are the gray 18-inch wheels having chrome inserts. Further, the front section has the trademarked 8 individual LED accents which utilize LED.