As much as we love the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, it's the 2013 Turbo model that really gets our juices flowing (especially in matte gray, for the record). It takes that unique three-door (four-door?) configuration one step further with the addition of some more aggressive aero bits, a revised front end and new wheels; not to mention a potent 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four underhood, good for 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

The Veloster Turbo goes on sale this summer, and while official pricing hasn't been released, the folks at Inside Line have apparently confirmed that the car will start at $21,500 – $22,280 when you factor in the $760 destination charge. That's $4,205 more than a base Veloster, but in addition to more power, we expect that some of the base car's optional features will be fitted as standard kit on the Turbo.

What's really interesting, however, is Inside Line's report that the Turbo model was never even part of the original Veloster product strategy here in the United States. No big deal, because we're still getting the forced-induction hatch regardless. But the real reason why this is important is it explains why the Turbo is being offered with a six-speed automatic (in addition to a six-speed manual) rather than the dual-clutch unit found in the base car. Guess that in-house dual-clutch unit can't handle the full 195 lb-ft of the Turbo.

We expect Hyundai to release official Veloster Turbo pricing closer to the car's on-sale date this summer. And if this $21,500 base MSRP stands true, then the affordable end of America's hot hatch pool just got a lot more interesting.


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      Dynamho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Jeremy Clarkson's mouth, when he was driving the Ariel Atom. http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs27/f/2009/328/0/5/059b9f1c132a10f67a65ed9baaefe1d5.jpg
      MallardRider
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Hyundai thinks they can still put a twist beam rear suspension in the Turbo I doubt they will get takers. I looked at the Hyundai USA website and it does not look like they will. Drawback? I don't know.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will this use the typical cancer causing Hyundai plastics? Ten Worst Picks for your health. 2012 Mini Cooper S Clubman 2.84 2012 VW Eos 2.85 2011 Kia Sportage 2.87 2011 Chevy Aveo5 2.89 2012 Hyundai Accent 2.98 2011 Mazda CX-7 3.08 2011 Nissan Versa 3.08 2011 Kia Soul 3.11 2011 Chrysler 200 SC 3.17 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 3.17
      DougShep
      • 2 Years Ago
      it'd be a much more attractive car to me without the gaping grille and 3rd door. 2 longer doors would be much better.
        Mikeman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DougShep
        I agree; except I actually want the third door after seeing it in person. The real perk: That third door's window is small, but it still goes down! This is the closest thing to a coupe that I can still put my dog in the back seat and let it stick it's head out the window (and I also like that they window is small and high, she has tried to jump out before).
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly, slow, why would anyone want this fugly thing. I honestly don't know what is wrong with so many people. BUY AMERICAN YOU DOLTS, theres plenty of choices, hell even a toyota or honda is better then buying one of these POS's
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        There is an American vehicle that DIRECTLY competes with this? Umm, no, there isn't.
        Megadethmartyr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        Well, that was stupid and misinformed.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        One, if Americans *made* a car that competes with this, I'd give it a look (Fiesta ST at some point maybe?). Two, you're calling a hot hatchback with 200hp and 3-400lbs less weight to haul around than a GTI "slow"? Three, Toyota has *nothing* compared to this aside from the RWD coupe (FT-86) that's also not a hatchback. Honda's Si is bigger, heavier, and probably slower.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        WRITING IN ALL CAPS DOES NOT COMPEL PEOPLE TO AGREE WITH YOU, YOU DOLT Let me guess: Rexxer wrote this on a computer (or other device) made in China.
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      Jeeho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watch out Civic Si! Veloster is biting your ass
        john
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeeho
        Yeah...I guess with a face like that "ass biter" is an accurate description.
        Thenewblack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeeho
        I have come to the conclusion that the Civic SI is no longer a competitive car. No one should buy one. Being only competitive with a Civic SI is not a winning formula.
      Email
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems terribly expensive. A Chevrolet Sonic Turbo is only $16K.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Email
        A Chevy Sonic Turbo is a cheap, stripped-down eco box inside. USB in the glovebox? Oh please! Who cars if the engine is peppy if you can't stand sitting in the thing and you are surrounded by a world of terrible plastics. Even there, the Sonic loses. It weighs more than the Veloster and has a less powerful engine. The Sonic is not even a worthy competitor to a Fiesta!
        Esher127
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Email
        Sonic Turbo has 63 less horsepower and a lot less standard equipment.
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          @Esher127
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        Tippy Dobbs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Email
        The Sonic Turbo also only has a 1.4T which puts out 138bhp, which is 63bhp less than the Veloster Turbo and coincidentally is the exact same power that you get in the non-turbo Veloster.
        Jeeho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Email
        also that turbo will get you nowhere close to veloster
      Agent55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could not bring myself to buy one, the styling is trying so hard to look good, it's gone full-circle back to ugly as hell.
        Email
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agent55
        I guess that's way only a hipster would drive one. Look at the ugly as hell clothes they wear.
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        bobmarley
        • 2 Years Ago
        my bother and I bought a 12 pack of Pabst back in October...I still have 10 in my fridge. Maybe I'll give them to a hipster.
          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bobmarley
          I drink them when I'm out sometimes because I'm a cheap ass, but I haven't bought a pack since highschool.
      Jazz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was Hyundia's goal, trying to design the ugliest car they could possibly create, just to see if they get get suckers to buy this sucker fish?
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