It appears that the 2012 Hyundai Veloster will be the star from the 2012 SEMA Show. As expected, Hyundai will unveil some customized versions of its three-door coupe but some of them are kept secret. Still, ARK decided to release some sketches with its customized Veloster which will make its debut in November at the SEMA Show.
As you can see from the photos, ARK Performance will transform the Veloster into a sporty rally car. Of course, Hyundai already unveiled its rally version of the Veloster, but we have to admit that ARK did a better job… at least in the sketches. So, the ARK Performance Veloster will feature a custom twin-scroll turbocharger increasing its horsepower to 210 hp (the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 138 hp) as well as a bright green and flat gray paint scheme.
Moreover, the Veloster designed by ARK will feature mechanical, interior and exterior modifications such as an open wheel concept with aggressive fenders and Nitto tires. Furthermore, ARK will also develop specific parts for the Veloster in order to showcase the tunability of the engine and vehicle exterior.
Serving as an inspiration for the distinct design of the Hyundai Veloster is clearly a high-performance sport bike. Take the way the A-pillars have been designed for instance. Colored in black, it gives the glass a look like the visor of a motorcycle helmet. The front portion gets that aggressive appearance especially with the hood scoop detailing, the unique LED position lights that is trademark of the Hyundai, and the hexagonal front grille. Hyundai is offering an optional package that puts in a large panoramic sunroof, fog lights, piano black highlights, and chrome grille surround.
On the interior, the controls and center stack look like the fuel tank of a sport bike. There is even a push-button starter integrated to it. The floor console looks like a sport bike’s seat with the air vents clearly motivated by the tailpipes of a motorcycle. All around the interior are the metallic highlights. Offered as well are the alloy pedals and the shift knob and steering wheel wrapped in leather.
Going to the exterior, the rear part comes with a dynamic design especially with the lower fascia in black, dual-centered exhaust tips in chrome, and unique glass hatch. All of these are able to match the look of the front. Viewed from its profile are the wraparound headlights and taillights, mirrors and door handles in the same color as the body, muscular wheel arches, and the character lines with the "Fluidic Sculpture" quality.
Standard feature are the alloy 17-inch wheels with the option of two 18-inch ones. The 18-inch wheels in particular have painted inserts, the first of its kind for this segment. It was during the North American International Auto Show that Hyundai first unveiled to the world its three-door 2012 Hyundai Veloster coupe. One unique feature of this model is that when compared to others in the compact coupe segment, it has a third door and thus allows easy access to the seats in the back.
Other equipment fitted includes the brand’s very own Blue Link telematics system and the Pandora internet radio that has the touch screen 7-inch display. Powering it is a direct-injected 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine that’s paired to the first dual-clutch transmission of the brand.