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]