• Apr 8th 2011 at 4:33PM
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2012 Hyundai Veloster – Click above for high-res image gallery

We haven't been behind the wheel of one yet, but we're thinking that the normally aspirated 2012 Hyundai Veloster probably looks a little faster than it is – we say this only because a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower can only be so spirited. We've heard previously that a turbocharged version of the Veloster is on the way, but thus far, details haven't been easy to come by.

If several new stories in Hyundai forums are to be believed, the Veloster Turbo will feature a 1.6-liter GDI turbo powerplant capable of 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. That's not exactly game-changing power, but keep in mind that the little Veloster weighs all of 2,600 pounds, giving the little coupe a 12.48-pounds-per-pony ratio. And if the Veloster Turbo does indeed feature the 1.6-liter, we're thinking the little ride's laudable 40 mile per gallon highway fuel economy bogey won't be affected all that much.

A 208-horsepower Veloster sounds just dandy to us, but we're still looking forward to official word from Hyundai to confirm. Hopefully we'll hear something more official about the boosted Veloster very soon.


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[Source: Hyundai Blog via Inside Line]


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      hamb
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Hako Hey, whippersnapper, I'm an old guy (73) and my current ride is a VW GTI with an APR Stage 1 chipped ECU. I have the Turbo Veloster on my short list for a replacement as is the Abarth EsseEsse along with the 2012 Miata MX5. Furthermore, as a former Formula Ford SCCA pilot, I don't wax Camrys or other highway appliances in my driveway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like a Hyundai Accent got drunkenly humped one night by an effeminate male Prius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This story is.....NOT TRUE.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's on hyundai's blog... story is true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The original story said they'd show it in NY. HMA said no they are not showing a turbo version in NY and also said they cannot comment on future products. so yes, the speculation of a turbo version is true and the facts above are true but I don't think hma had made an official announcement
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was at the detroit autoshow looking at the Veloster 4 door and all i have to say is there is no way a grown person could get in thought the doors, it was more of a dog hatch than a car door, it will be interesting to see how fans of Hyundai defend these doors, (it was worse than getting into an exotic.)

      http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5051/5509400603_8c3f13412d.jpg

      I cant find a good picture of someone getting into the car but i think you will be able to tell how small they are with this picture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you actually try to get in? The car was up on a pedestal so you couldn't have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes i did, these images are not from the detroit show, (they had three on the ground) and i bet if anyone buys a 4 door car they would expect they could get at least 4 people in the car, trust me guys im not hating, you will just have to wait and see one in person to know what im talking about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not a fan (yet) but thinking people interested in this car really don't care about backseat ingress/egress for adults.
        Even the majority of SUVs I see on the road rarely carry back seat passengers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And to think I was impressed with Nissan's Turbo DIG engine found in the Juke. Great job Hyundai, keep up the phenomenal work!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw a silver one tooling around irvine this morning and i must say it is very ugly from the front, it doesn't even fit well with the current company design language. If they reworked the front end i think they would have a hit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai Veloster to also produce cringes as on the faces of passers-by as they wonder "What the hell was Hyundai management thinking when they approved such a goofy-ass design on such an important vehicle?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, pure nasty. It is all sorts of odd - and not in the ugly yet weirdly attractive way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if they can keep the mpg close to 40, that will be an impressive package. I would be interested to see how it compares to a GTI
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the combination of utility and performance. What I don't like is that big, heavy rear hatch. Please extend the roof sheet metal to the end of the roof and make it a standard hatchback. I think that the hatchback has officially become cool again. Also, I don't care too much for the cup holders between the back seats. Just put in a middle seat.

      Definately have a manual transmission option with a proper high gear for highway cruising at efficient low rpms. A lightweight, opaque sunroof option would be great. Also, for us youngsters who like to carry our toys, provide an optional roof rack or at least make it easy somehow for Thule or Yakima. Definately keep it simple and price it low.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are they using this powerplant in any of their other cars right now, or is this a brand new engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a hot mess. One over exaggerated design element larger than the next, and how are you supposed to see anything out of the back of that thing with the back window up so high?? And what's even worse is that they tried to paint it the same color as the 2012 Focus ST.

      Give me the 2012 Ford Focus ST with 247 hp, and 266 pound-feet of torque, 6-speed manual, and all the other tech.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check the box for the tech package, you get a backup camera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw it at the DC Auto Show...really ugly car that has an identity crisis.

      The asymmetry is very obvious when you see it. They would have been better off just giving each side the hidden door.

      The back half looks really bad up close...the car has a 'balance' issue with the trunk area...if they would have gone with how the Volvo C30 coupe has it's back shaped (with it's lights being in more and the trunk area/glass shifted inward giving it a more coupe feeling), the Veloster would be a much better looking car.

      I think this is going to be the first major strike out for Hyundai...this car just doesn't fit with the new look of their company and doesn't seem designed by the same fluid sculpture team.

      Word is the Elantra coupe is gorgeous looking and it's probably going to compete with the Veloster...and we all know the Genesis Coupe is getting a face-lift also.

      I just don't see this car doing well..it's out of place within their line up.
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