2012 Hyundai Veloster

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.