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Hyundai
won't confirm it's plans to introduce an SR performance badge to Australia, but GoAuto.com.au says it's coming.

The Veloster SR Turbo is on its way and, now, there's speculation more performance-oriented cars could make their way Down Under. GoAuto says a performance version of i30 hatch could be announced as soon as October, when additional SR concept vehicles are shown.

Of course, all of this talk of souped-up front-wheel-drive small cars has us thinking selfishly thinking about U.S. comparos between an Elantra SR, a MazdaSpeed3, a Volkswagen GTI and Honda Civic Si.

However, Hyundai remains tight lipped on the possibility. When we contacted them, Hyundai wouldn't officially comment on anything, saying that there's already been speculation on an R-Spec version of the Veloster Turbo coming to America.

"You do know how we like to 'never say never' at Hyundai," one official said in an email. He was likely smiling when he said it.

Our guess is that Hyundai will continue to push select performance models in the future, whether they're called SR, RS, or R-Spec doesn't really matter.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never understood the recent necessity for a manufacturer to have a separate brand for it's performance cars. I just don't get it. In the 80s & 80s when the Japanese had a huge boost in high performance models, was there ever really a time when people said, "Oh jeez, they should badge these differently"? Then again, that was a time where they spoke of pride and badging it under any other name/emblem other than their own was unthinkable. Seems like that doesn't matter anymore.
      nettsu
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's an ugly car but we seem to have a culture of boy racers in this country. 25% of VW golfs are GTis as an example, so a sub-brand may work but it's a Hyundai so yeah...
      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      create performance car first, and then slap a brand, not the other way around!
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is so butt uckin' fugly.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      And they are using the overweight, underpowered Velosturd and their poster child. LOL
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        "luigi.tony" is the latest of mary.kean's sockpuppet logins
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        The Veloster isn't overweight and underpowered, it is a car marketed at youths, and youths nowadays only care about their connectivity, they don't give a damn about cars. So Hyundai made something cheap they believed would be appealing to youths, it being low on power was intentional, as the target market doesn't give a **** about power.
      rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      You really need a fast ride to get to the dog meat buffet ASAP.
      DuDE
      • 2 Years Ago
      ..so they are planning to sell their cars under Scion Racing?..GENIUS!
      transam
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another one for the "who cares" pile. Articles about Australia, really?
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @transam
        "Who cares". Holden Chevrolet SS Sedan, US Police Cruisers New Camaro, Diesel Chevrolet Cruze, to name a few
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ozzie bashing aside, serious question for a second. Do they have to assemble the vehicles for the Australian market upside down, or do they just flip them over at some point? That aspect always confused me.
      Calvin L Miller Jr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this would help the brand because the best performance product they have is the genesis coupe and it's not the best, but it competitive. Hyundai needs to bring in an outside tuner. They should have purchased Lotus.
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Calvin L Miller Jr
        I don't think Hyundai was ever seriously trying to be the top dog when it comes to a performance coupe. As long as it was competitive and with a good price they would sell and they have. But at the same time they put out a decent product for their first ever performance coupe so it can only get better from here.
        pugzor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Calvin L Miller Jr
        We don't have the Genesis coupe here in Australia, Calvin. The only remotely-sporty car we get is the Veloster which launched within the past 6 months (if I remember correctly). Hyundai have a fairly bad reputation here, especially amongst anyone who wants more than an A to B vehicle. I don't know what the situation is over in the US but for many years the only cars we really knew from them were the Excel and Elantra. Both of these cars have terrible, terrible reputations.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want hyundai to release the turbo version of the elantra and elantra gt already!
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