File this one under "too good to be true." A report on Inside Line that the forthcoming 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo would carry just a $1,600 premium over the standard version had us drooling with the possibility that a 201-horsepower Veloster with heated leather seats and BlueLink might be had for under $20,000.

Alas, Hyundai tells us that Inside Line got it wrong. The truth is that the $1,600 number reflects what the turbo component is actually costing the Korean automaker. Since the Veloster Turbo will also include the base model's $2,000 Style Package as standard equipment, the car will actually have a base price around $22,000 when Hyundai announces pricing details on Wednesday. (That's right where the price was expected to be when we last heard from Inside Line on the subject, by the way.)

We've also got some clarity about pricing for the matte gray finish we so covet. While an exact number for the extra-cost option is still under wraps, we're told our guess of around $500 is close. The Veloster Turbo goes on sale this summer.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      the front ruins the whole car. were they blind or what?!
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Focus ST or newer GTi.
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something about Hyundai's small cars make them look so chunky, like the body is too big for the chassis underneath. Sonata gets the proportions right, but the Veloster and Elantra look overweight.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Velosturd is the ugliest piece of sh*t car I've seen in a long time. I wish more Euro hatches were brought here do we didn't have to deal with this Korean bullsh*t.
      mazzata
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are they trying to out-Kenworth Audi's front end?
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeez, I forgot how ugly this thing is...
        mic414
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        No, it's actually one of the best designs out there with a lot of character. People will remember this car 20-30 years from now. And I'm truly surprised that I'm making this statement about a Hyundai car. I'm still struggling to accept it, but it's time to change my perception: Hyundai and Kia is totally there at the front of the pack as far as exterior design goes. As good as the Italians. There's one last thing they need to do now: change those terrible logos reminescent of the old Korean cars.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mic414
          Take a class in design before you speak in my presence again. One of the best designs with a lot of character? See those scallops above the side skirts? The proper way to do side styling is to make it three-dimensional, but these are two-dimensional and don't follow any lines on the car. The windowlines are different on each side of the car, the headlights follow no bonelines, the cuts in the lights are terrible, the fenders bulge so much that they make the largest possible wheel look like a steel cap, and the rounded off, dog-crapping rear end is another mess with amorphous taillights, a fake diffuser that's as tall as it is wide, and hideous scallops around the blobby lights that make no sense at all. They'll remember this car in a few decades, but not for the reasons your bandwagoning head is imagining.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mic414
          If you think the velosturd is an example of fine automobile design and communicates a sense of character in the car, then you probably appreciate dubstep, lunchables, Wayfarers, lenovo computers, and cottage cheese.
        Edward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        There isn't a pretty line on this pile. Bad, bad, bad. Even in the flesh it's awful. Not only ugly, but poor visibility. As far as character, it's the equivalent to the date with "personality" or the one you took to the pig party who took second place.
      Chris Bangle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing as this car wasn't designed to be performance oriented, I have a feeling the turbo is going to miss the dynamics mark more so than the genesis coupe does in its segment. I predict it will put up great 0-60 and quarter mile times, but will be far from rewarding to drive.
        Moreno636
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris Bangle
        Umm the GenCoupe is a blast to drive fast....dont believe me ask Randy Pobst.
      MANARC100
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok well except for individial tastes in styling and warranty why would a performance buyer pick this over a Speed3? You can definitely get one in the 22's. Considering this is a weaker car from a generally less expensive brand it just reaffirms how good a deal the Madza is.
        dcollins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        Check out the interior on the Veloster. It's clean and well laid out, much more modern feeling than the Mazda3 plus it has a great entertainment system. Hyundai has a great warranty and it's comforting to buy a car from a company that's growing rather than one that's barely surviving. I own a 1999 Miata so I love Mazda, but right now I think Hyundai has a lot to offer. It's just too bad that I had to buy my new Veloster before the Turbo model came out.
          MANARC100
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dcollins
          Like I said those who prefer styling differences and warranty....horsepower and handling are not at the top of your list. Mazda is not dying BTW. The are getting killed by yen exchange but they should have that fixed in 2 years or so.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dcollins
          We were deceived by Hyundai, who flat-out said "no plans" for the Turbo, until 2-3 months later when they announced it. It's not that I don't love the NA Veloster, but I would absolutely have ponied-up for the Turbo, had I known. I doubt it's worth trading-up for it, though.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        Let's see: Mazda3: Out-dated, boring design Bad fuel-economy (18/25) Cheap interior Missing tons of tech content $26K fully-loaded Veloster Turbo Fresh design - unique Awesome economy 29/38 High-quality interior 7" LCD (vs postage stamp) Voice control, back-up camera, brilliant nav system, perfect iPhone integration (better than SYNC!), Massive panoramic roof Great audio Perfect shifter/clutch Very ergonomic cabin design ROCK-solid built (no squeaks/rattles) $24K for fully-loaded Turbo model It's a very compelling package.
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          wow, talk about bias, you're tell is the "Perfect Shifter/Clutch" comment, so many reviews have talked about how bad the shifter can be, and don't even get me started on "Better than SYNC", lol.
          Tech
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          "High quality interior"? Not at all. It's decent for what you're paying for a Veloster, but it's far from "High quality". And with regards to it's exterior design being unique, I will give you that. I find it to be ugly, and will look silly once it's freshness wears off, but that's an opinion.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          Let's see: Am I driving it on a track? Nope! Am I commuting in it? Yup! Is it an extremely functional, ergonomic cabin filled with usable and practical equipment. Big time! Then it's good. I own one, so I do speak from experience. I also cross-shopped the Mazda3, GTI, Fiesta (Focus wasn't out yet), and owned a MINI Cooper for nearly 7 years. Is it as fun to drive as a MINI? No, but it's still quite fun, and the cabin is vastly more enjoyable. ZERO buyer's remorse, although Hyundai was a bit dishonest about the coming of the Turbo variant, or I'd have waited for it.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          (referring to Mazdaspeed3, I mean)
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          The VW GTI argument again.... "My car is inferior performance-wise, but my plaid seats make up for it! Your argument is invalid."
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        I think it'll mostly be pricing. The MS3 starts at 24k and the Veloster is said to start at 22k. Never mind that you can talk a dealer down to 22k (in the US anyway) for a non-tech package MS3... it's the initial pricing that people will look at. At least, that's what I think Hyundai is banking on. Not only is it weaker (despite it being lighter than a speed 3), if the Genesis Coupe gen 1 was any indication, I highly doubt that it will handle as well or feel as nice from behind the steering wheel (steering, shifter/clutch feel, etc.). It will not enjoy the advances that the aftermarket has made with the MS3 platform for at least another year after it comes out. In short, I think it will appeal to the price conscious, the Hyundai faithful, those who enjoy 3 door hatchcoupes, and those who would rather be seen in something different....
      Hulk Smash
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dang, can this thing close its mouth?
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hulk Smash
        You need all that air to feed and cool the 14L quad-turbo V20 under that hood.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      The price is so cheap because they saved so much $$$ on leaving a gaping hole in place where a front bumper should be.
      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's not bad at all. I have a CR-Z for a fun commuter, but this turbo model will have me jealous! MPG could be a deal breaker though ...well, if I was still in the market, hehe.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing deal actually. Neo-CRX. Honda just wishes it could be this cool. and for the people hating on the style package, get over it, every manufacturer bundles packages with limited production models to save money for both themselves and the customers.
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