The unique Hyundai Veloster coupe with its single driver side door and two passenger doors seems to have garnered good reviews. Pundits like it for its competitive pricing, style, handling and sweet 6-speed manual transmission. If there's been one common complaint it's been a lack of power. The basic Veloster is powered by a 1.6-liter engine producing just 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque at 4850 rpm.
Hyundai always hinted that a turbocharged version would follow and it was announced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show this past January. Today Hyundai announced the price and more specifications. The sticker for the 2013 Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 ( $775 shipping) with a 6-speed manual transmission. That's a premium of $4500 over the base Veloster but is less expensive than predicted by many.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Veloster Turbo produces 201 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at 1750 rpm – quite a boost compared to the normally aspirated base Veloster. According to Hyundai the Veloster Turbo also delivers a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and its engine offers best-in-class specific output.
Hyundai claims the twin-scroll turbocharger, normally found only on more expensive cars, combined with direct injection results in near-instantaneous power delivery and minimal turbo lag. Hyundai says the Veloster Turbo is estimated to deliver 26 mpg city and a best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models.
Externally the Veloster Turbo will be differentiated by unique 18-in. wheels, a bolder hexagonal grille, side skirts and a different rear bumper with diffuser vents. You'll also be able to buy a Veloster Turbo finished in Matte Gray paint.
We're looking forward to trying the Veloster Turbo when it becomes available later in the summer. It should be a fun car – it could even be comparable to a Mini Cooper S.