2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

There's been a bit of scuttlebutt lately over just how much the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will cost when it goes on sale later this month. It's time to put all of the rumors and reports to rest, though – the numbers have just been released, and the turbocharged Veloster is officially priced at $21,950, not including *$775 for destination.

That represents a $2,500 increase over a naturally aspirated Veloster with the manual transmission and style package – a $19,450 car. As we reported earlier, the turbocharged engine itself represents a $1,600 price increase, and the rest of the added cost comes from a host of standard equipment including heated leather seats with power lumbar support, a ground effects kit, LED taillamps, and of course, that unique front fascia.

A six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is available for an additional $1,000. And that awesome matte gray paint? That'll be $1,000, too (contrary to what we were told previously). If you want the Ultimate Package – which includes a panoramic sunroof, backup warning sensors, automatic headlights, a navigation system with rearview camera and a 115-volt power outlet – be prepared to shell out an extra $2,500, regardless of transmission. All-in, a fully loaded Veloster Turbo with the automatic transmission will set you back a cool $25,450 (not including destination).

The 2013 Veloster Turbo uses a new 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four, good for 201 horsepower and 194 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says that when equipped with a manual transmission and running on regular unleaded fuel, the Veloster Turbo will achieve fuel economy numbers of 26/38/30 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined). Stay tuned for our full driving impressions in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: Hyundai's official release has been added below.
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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2013 VELOSTER PRICING

New Affordable Turbo Model with Aggressive Design adds more appeal to Innovative Sport Coupe


COSTA MESA, Calif., June 6, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the 2013MY Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo, with a new 1.6-liter, 201 horsepower, direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged engine, aggressive bodykit and other unique features. Veloster Turbo's starting price of $21,950 includes the high-output turbo powertrain, unique body kit, front heated leather sport seats, tuned exhaust, sport-tuned steering, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlight accents and taillights, and a variety of turbo model interior design elements.

The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Veloster Turbo produces an impressive 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm with regular fuel. Veloster Turbo also delivers a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and its engine offers best-in-class specific output. Hyundai's 1.6-liter Gamma turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with direct injection, results in near-instantaneous power delivery and minimal turbo lag. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but Hyundai has brought this technology into much more affordable models like Veloster. Veloster Turbo is estimated to deliver 26 mpg city and a best-in-class 38 mpg highway for manual transmission models.

From a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts and new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia, Veloster Turbo design differentiates itself with aggressive design cues relative to the base model. Enthusiasts will also notice the Veloster Turbo will be available in a Hyundai-first Matte Gray paint. In addition, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts completes the Veloster Turbo's appearance. From the front, Veloster Turbo also reveals headlight LED accents. Hyundai designers have replaced the Veloster's trapezoidal center exhaust with two large round exhaust tips. This free-flowing exhaust design gives the engine a more robust sound, which will delight enthusiasts.

Inside, leather seats with Turbo-embroidered stitching in the seatbacks deliver a sporty appearance and provide both exceptional support and comfort. A turbo-exclusive electroluminescent gauge cluster offers the driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format, with two TFT screens located between the tachometer and the speedometer. Even more, heated front sport seats are also standard on the Turbo version. Veloster Turbo also incorporates race-inspired push-button start and alloy pedals as standard equipment.

2013 TURBO MODEL EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

New 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine
In-house developed six-speed automatic or manual transmissions
Horsepower: 201 at 6,000 RPM
Best-in-class highway fuel economy estimated at 38 mpg (M/T)
Best-in-class specific output at 125.6 horsepower per liter
Best-in-class weight to power ratio of 14 lbs/hp
Sport-tuned intake and exhaust note
Sport-tuned steering
Unique front fascia, fog lights and ground effects
Hyundai-first Matte Gray paint and Elite White Pearl for Turbo models
Unique 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts
Projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents
Side mirrors with turn signal indicators
Unique LED taillights
Electroluminescent gauge cluster
Leather seating surfaces with driver's lumbar support
Heated front sport seats
Turbo-exclusive standard Graphite Black interior w/Blue Accents
Turbo headliner graphics

Veloster (1.6L GDI Engine)
6-Speed Manual Transmission
$17,450

Veloster (1.6L GDI Engine)
6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission
$18,700

Veloster Turbo (1.6L Turbocharged Engine)
6-Speed Manual Transmission
$21,950

Veloster Turbo (1.6L Turbocharged Engine)
6-Speed Automatic Trans. w/ SHIFTRONIC®
$22,950

Freight Charges for the 2013MY Veloster are $775.