Rumor: Hyundai preparing a Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Article by Christian A., on July 30, 2012

There are rumors that a high performance variant of Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo is being developed. It was only this year that the Hyundai Veloster Turbo was introduced. It is available with a 1.6-liter, turbo-four with 201-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and costs just $21,500. It’s a bit too early for the name of this model to be announced.

One possibility is that it would be known as the R-Spec. Insiders who have seen the sports car up close said that the Veloster Turbo has a more powerful engine but it uses the same suspension as the base model Veloster. It seems like this was an intentional move by Hyundai to provide room for a model that offers better performance.

It’s possible that it would be subjected to suspension upgrades, as well as be given an even more powerful powerplant. The 2.0-liter, turbo-four with 274-hp from the Genesis Coupe may be a little too expensive for the Veloster’s price range.

However, it’s likely to get enhanced suspension components, a lowered stance, and minor tweaking to the engine to make its way to a higher-tiered model. Considering that the powerplant is turbocharged, it won’t be long before the automaker can raise its performance numbers without compromising the efficiency of reliability. The Veloster Turbo features an upgraded intake better-flowing exhaust.

Already sporting an aggressive, Hyundai made sure that the Veloster Turbo would have the tuned suspension setup of its base model, the Veloster. This is why the steering components were the only one that were upgraded for this version. As such, the Veloster Turbo has a steering rack that offers a quicker ratio and this is complemented with a redesigned steering calibration. This allows the driver to get better control and even more precise feedback and cornering.

With the Veloster Turbo being fitted with the sized KH25 215/40R18 85V tires from Kumho Solus, performance is guaranteed but its ride is not compromised. While the Veloster Turbo does have a unique design, it is easy to see that it was inspired by a customized version of a high-performance sport bike. Enthusiasts know that when it comes to a sport bike, the top upgrade is usually the exhaust being modified.

Thus, the center exhaust of the Veloster, which is shaped like a trapezoid, was removed. For the Veloster Turbo, the design team at Hyundai instead used two free-flowing circular pipes. By having these new pipes, plus the addition of the intake manifold, it meant that the engineering team in turn was able to allow the engine to have a heartier sound. This will clearly make fans more than happy. When compared to the base model, the design of the Veloster Turbo is not only more aggressive but offers added aerodynamic stability.

This is due to the front having the bigger hexagonal grille, the sculpted skirts on the side, and a dynamic bumper with the lower fascia having the pronounced diffuser vents. Unlike the Veloster, the Veloster Turbo will be offered in a Matter Gray paint, a first for Hyundai. Rounding off the well-known style of the Veloster Turbo are the gray 18-inch wheels having chrome inserts. Another signature feature is its eight different headlight accents in LED on the front.

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