During an event in Park City, Utah today, Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik confirmed to Autoblog that the funky Veloster hatchback will be getting a new summer tire option. "We could do better in terms of tires [and] we had always planned to have a summer option," Krafcik told us.

The higher-performance rubber – Michelin Pilot Super Sport 215/40ZR18 tires – offers substantial performance increases compared to the current car's Kumho Solus KH25 all-seasons. In skid pad lateral acceleration, Krafcik told us that the Michelins are good for 0.94 gs compared to 0.82 with the Kumhos. What's more, stopping distance from 60 miles per hour is now reduced to 121 feet (compared to 135) and wet braking from 60 mph happens in 136 feet (compared to 158).

Both the naturally aspirated and turbocharged Veloster models will be available with these grippier rollers (providing you spec the base car with the already optional 18-inch wheels). Hyundai will offer the Michelins as a $1,200 standalone option beginning this fall.


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      john john
      • 2 Years Ago
      For $1200 i will take the standard all weather and buy my own tires.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why the hell does a car that small need 18" wheels? That is just more mass, and even if the wheels were the same weight, it would still degrade braking and accelerating performance just by virtue of their larger diameter. I'm sure the brakes underneath are tiny, and 16" wheels would look great. And for pricing... for $1200 you can buy your own damn tires. And since its a Korean car, why not save themselves some money and put affordable Kumho max performance tires on there (I have some on my Vette), priced at least to the current market price of the tires MINUS the original tire cost.
      zanarditypes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good idea, following the lead of several other manufacturers. But what's up with the price? The Civic Si summer tire upgrade is just a $200 option.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      This doesn't make it any less ugly.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish Hyundai would offer a downgrade option like I had on my MINI Cooper. I said "no" to run-flats, and "no" to 17" wheels, and instead went with 16" all-seasons. 18" wheels with very low profiles are simply horrible for actual "real-life" and city living, particularly where parallel parking is a daily necessity. Those pretty rims are simply impractical. Ditto Kia and ditto VW. Stop forcing us to have them. I have a good mind to put Sonata rims on my Veloster.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember Pinky and the Brain ? This car's face looks like the Brain.
        Twittavelli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        LOL good eye. It does. But the car is still good looking I like it.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Instead of 1200 you can get conti extreme dws for around 120 ea. even with balance and install its still cheaper and it's a better tire
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm all for having a choice of tires when a vehicle is shipped from the factory, but I have a problem with the way manufacturers price these upgrades. Hyundai is charging the full retail price for the better summer tires, but they're also in essence pocketing the money they would have spent shipping the car with the base tires as well. For example, these exact Super Sports mentioned in the article are going for about $1100 bucks on Tire Rack right now. $100 cheaper, no big deal. But look at it this way. If you just bought the Veloster with the standard tires, you could then go out and buy the Super Sports from Tire Rack, swap them onto your Veloster, and then for that same $1200 you spent on this upgrade from Hyundai you'd get not only the better tires, but you'd then still have the base tires that you could either keep for winter or sell on your own to get a few hundred bucks back. My point is that if, for example, a set of the base tires cost $500 and the upgraded Super Sports cost $1200 then Hyundai should only be charging the difference in cost to move up from the base tire to the summer ones, in this case, it should be a $700 upgrade, not the full blown retail price of $1200 and they still keep the Kumho tires they'd have put on the Veloster to begin with. Make sense?
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        I was thinking the same thing, I just didn't care to look up pricing. Pretty shameless, Hyundai.
      AronD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slowest newsday ever?
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      I normally love all of Hyundai's designs, but is this almost more hideous than the Nissan Juke?
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart choice by Hyundai. I went to Super Sports on my M Coupe after the all-seasons that came with the car were finally gone. It's amazing how a simple change in rubber completely changes the feel of the car.
      AntBee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had wanted one of these, but I priced one out on Hyundai Canada's site. Normally aspirated the car with the options I wanted was $25,000, with the turbo, it came to $27,600. For my money, I would rather get a VW GTI if this thing is going to cost just as much.
        Moreno636
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AntBee
        You know there is a $7000 price difference between a fully optioned manual Veloster Turbo and a fully equipped 3 door Manual GTi....right? Veloster Turbo: $32,198 GTI: $39,391
          Moreno636
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Moreno636
          Uhh no its not. The GTi is not as well equipped as the Veloster Turbo without all the boxes checked. No 18s, no leather, no power sunroof, no Navi, etc. It may have a nicer looking interior...but again comparably equipped its $7000 more expensive.
          David
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Moreno636
          He knows. He's just trying to mislead and hate on Hyundai.
          pinsimms99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Moreno636
          Comparing on the USA sites, there's about a $4k price difference. Fully loaded, the only differences in features/options is that the Veloster has backup sensors while the GTI has HIDs with adaptive lighting. I don't know how the Veloster's Super Sport tires compare to the stock Pzero's on the GTI though.
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