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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster has plenty of hot hatch potential, but its frugal, 1.6-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder just isn't going to cut it for those more concerned with speed than fuel economy. While a turbo model has long been rumored, we've now got confirmation – sort of.

While Hyundai hasn't said anything official about the turbo Veloster, it has unveiled a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine at a conference in Korea this week. Hyundai says it spent 52 months and over $60 million developing the new mill, which meets California's ULEV-2 and Euro 5 standards.

The 204-horsepower Gamma four-cylinder gets its extra 66 horses thanks to a twin-scoll turbocharger and an air-to-air intercooler. The turbo, which is integrated into the exhaust manifold, also boosts the Gamma's torque to a tire-squealing 195 lb-ft.

With a curb weight of just 2,600 pounds, the Veloster could be quite a pocket rocket with this engine fitted underhood. Let's hope a limited-slip differential is also in the cards.

We expect some sort of official announcement from Hyundai regarding the Veloster Turbo as early as November 1 at SEMA. To read the release announcing the new turbo engine, click through the jump.
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Hyundai Motor Group Unveils Advanced Powertrains at the '2011 Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference'

2011-10-19
  • Hyundai showcases Gamma 1.6 T-GDI and Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engines
  • Some 1,000 world-class powertrain experts and academics attend

Hyundai Motor Group will host 'The 11th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference' between October 19 - 20 to unveil the Group's latest powertrain technologies and discuss industry trends with world-class experts.

In line with this year's slogan of 'Innovation of Powertrain Technology Through Collaboration,' the conference was designed to offer industry experts an opportunity to discuss next-generation powertrain development directions and share innovative technologies, in response to tougher environmental policies worldwide. The annual conference was held at Rolling Hills Hotel, located near the Hyundai-Kia Motors R&D Center in Korea.

"Due to stricter environmental regulations and policies that vary from nation to nation, competition in the development of powertrains and other core technologies is intensifying," said Woong-Chul Yang, Hyundai Motor Co. Vice Chairman. "Hyundai Motor will accelerate its efforts to develop future powertrains that feature high-performance and eco-friendly engines and transmissions."

At the conference, Hyundai Motor showcased two innovative powertrains that were fully developed in-house: The Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine and Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine.

The Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine, which was developed over a period of 52 months and cost 69.5 billion won, achieves the best performance figures in its class where the competition is the toughest. The engine beats its formidable rivals, boasting a maximum output of 204hp and torque of 27.0kgf.m at 6,000 rpm and 1,750 rpm, respectively.

Moreover, by remarkably cutting down on exhaust emissions, the engine meets California's ULEV-2 (Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle) standard, known as the most stringent, as well as Euro 5 standards.

In order to maximize fuel efficiency and performance, the engine uses an exhaust manifold integrated turbocharger with twin scroll, air guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT, while a bed plate and a serpentine auxiliary belt were adopted to enhance engine reliability.

The Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine, aimed to satisfy the next-generation Euro6 regulations by applying new technologies, such as low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation, was also introduced during the conference. It delivers world-class performance with a maximum output of 150ps and maximum torque of 39.0kgf.m without sacrificing its eco-friendliness.

As required by new regulations, the Euro6 reduced Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 56 percent, compared to Euro5. By introducing the Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine, Hyundai Motor is expected to lead the eco-friendly passenger car diesel engine technology field, satisfying the standards more than two years ahead of their implementation.

Hyundai Motor also displayed its motor-integrated six-speed front wheel drive automatic transmission equipped in the Sonata Hybrid, as well as the gasoline Theta T-GDI engine, gasoline Kappa bi-fuel engine, diesel R-2.2 2 stage turbo-charger and the six-speed double clutch (DCT) to enhance participants' understanding of new technology trends.

Some 1,000 world-class powertrain experts and academics participated in the conference, including members from Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Magna Powertrain and Denso.

Throughout the two-day conference, some 30 companies will release 50 theses in six sessions, including presentations on next-generation gasoline technology, exhaust and after-treatment technology, diesel innovation technology, exhaust reducing technology, high efficiency transmission and improving driving experiences.


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      LesPaul1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is there always a comparison between Hyundai and Honda? Because they have H,N,D in their names and they're Asian companies?
        LesPaul1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LesPaul1
        sorry, forgot that they also shared the letter A. I don't think they have other similarities. Btw, Honda still produces some great cars like the Accord (which was included in C&D's 10 best), Civic Si, CR-V, Fit, and Pilot (which won the CUV comparo). Let's not forget they are largest motorcycle and ICE manufacturer in the world. How they are they similar to Hyundai (another great company) that makes great bang-for-your-buck cars? Pretty sure Ford and Mazda has done the same things so why not compare Hyundai to them? I don't understand why people like to compare Honda and Hyundai when they share almost no similarities.
        JustinJQ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LesPaul1
        Hyundai's recent success mirrors Honda's in the 80's and 90's.
          Smooth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JustinJQ
          Hyundai is also the "new good" like Honda was in the 80s. Remember old Honda's? Rusted quicker than you could start them and let's not talk about the faded paint. They got good, they made success. Remember old Hyundai's or even ones from about 15 years ago? I honestly don't, never see any. Now they're "new good" and people are buying. It's all a circle of life. No one is ever on "top" forever. Something new will always come around and do something better, quicker or cheaper, etc. It was Honda in the 80s/90s, Hyundai/Kia now (along with D3) and in the future maybe Suzuki and Mitsubishi will show the big dogs a thing or two or VW will truly be number 1. Who knows? Same with cell phones. One minute the iPhone is top, then an Android phone comes and dethrones it, then some other phone.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JustinJQ
          Justin you're exactly right!
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      I honestly think Mobis21 is on Hyundai's payroll. I keep coming back to this post just to see if they've commented.....again. Haven't been proven wrong yet. I like your passion for Hyundai, but if people don't see things the way you do, there's no need to keep posting on every comment you disagree with.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        So, you label me on "Hyundai's payroll"? I can then label you as a Honda apologist. Is that fair?
          Smooth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          You can label me as whatever. I don't really care. No sleep will be lost on my end.
        Dayv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        If he's on their payroll, I hope they don't have a contract to ride out. His attempts at PR do them more harm than good.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dayv
          Curious? Are you the same poser posting as another poser?
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        You generalize way too much and spend too many pixels obsessing on the minutia. Now back on topic: The Awesome Veloster.
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan turbocharged engines. Simply stick the 2.4L and trans from the Sonata in there....job done.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Walsh
        I agree. Naturally aspirated engines can work but look how much more power you can squeeze out of a smaller displacement.
          Juffinstuff
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          I think the fact the 2.4 NA makes the power it does is pretty impressive, but the 1.6 could be fun. Sounds very Nissan Juke-y on paper, to me.
          MotionDesigner
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          Turbo lag and torque steer, I had that in my GTI and grew tired of it real quick. I'm with Michael Walsh on this one.
        peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Walsh
        Heavier weight
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want this engine and a 6 speed manual in the Elantra.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        Rob, whoa! We are definitely on the same page here.
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        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        The story's on the 204hp 1.6L engine. Which sounds AMAZING.
        bonehead
        • 3 Years Ago
        ok then Twit, what car would you recommend that seats 4, costs less, performs better, and still gets 40mpg hwy......This car has a hard to beat combination of specs and it looks like it will get better with the turbo
        bandit2487
        • 3 Years Ago
        What are you smoking? This car is freakin cool looking. Good for Hyundai to bring a stand out car. Get into your Ghetto Chrysler 300 or Rental Fleet tan Camry and take a drive to a Hyundai dealer. Take what ever they give you for your abortion on wheels and beg to get in line for a Veloster!
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @bandit2487
          Bandit, you should write copy for a living. Hyundai, here is your new Project Leader of marketing for Veloster!
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        Twit, you sound out of touch because the Veloster doesn't resemble the ordinary, everyday on wheels you are so accustomed. Get with it, buck up and quit living in the past.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because they are selling every Veloster being built.
      Mobis21
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Hyundai turbo Veloster will be the dominant pit bull in this segment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mobis21
        [blocked]
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only Honda had used this sort of thinking on the CR-Z it could have been a very very good competitor. Its such a good looking clean car but has the engine of a lawnmower in it :(
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new CR-Z is ugly on a stick compared to this new Hyundai Veloster, time for Hon-Duh to whither on a stick and crash at the fair. Who are these types that keep supporting losing companies like Hon-Duh? Yuk already! I don't see anything getting in HyunKia's way to No.1 autogroup in the world, eventually. If you take Kia outta the picture then V-Dub might have half a chance but they won't get there over Hyundai. The new Veloster is the best new car to come out in...months. Waiting for the Scion FR-S then more importantly the new Kia GT in RWD and 6-speed standard transmission. That car, if priced like Kia will definitley price it, say around $23,995, will be the hottest thing automotively since the Model...........T.
      Jon Norman
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 3 door design is a silly gimmick. No 3 door variant has EVER lasted. They really need 4 doors on this car. I really like it and I really like the price. Fortunately Hyundai (unlike GM) is determined to get cool engines in their inexpensive cars rather than save the 300HP V6 for the CTS/SRX/STS.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon Norman
        3 door variants haven't ever lasted? Really? Because Saturn used it throughout 2 different models (Ion and 3rd generation SC). Both of which were very successful, I might add.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          So just because Saturn died, it means they weren't successful? Are you kidding me? lol
      ilmhmtu
      • 3 Years Ago
      204-hp is impressive. A 2600-lb car with 204-hp? Do want.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ilmhmtu
        Not realistic. The naturally aspirated economy versions of cars are always lighter. Take a Focus Focus vs the Focus RS for example... the RS is a tank. The Dodge Neon was far lighter than the Neon SRT4 as well. The turbocharger, plumbing, intercooler, bigger brakes, better suspension, etc start adding up. Expect a 2750lb+ car realistically.
        BimmerFerret
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ilmhmtu
        Yeah I'm definitely down with this. If they can keep this thing under $25k with a LSD this is a big win for the enthusiast crowd. 10/100k warranty in a lightweight hatch with good power? I'm interested.
      Mosin
      • 3 Years Ago
      The more i see this car, the more I like it.. wish it had AWD
        VTEC kicked in bro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mosin
        Yeah, I wish it had AWD too. That way it would be $27,000. Contrary to popular belief, not every car needs AWD. AWD would price it out of the segment it's in. Look at how well the Audi A3 sells.
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