2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-SpecWe Autoblog staffers have had our ups and downs with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, but there's no question that the cheeky three-door hatchback has got its proponents. Case in point: at the recent driving event for the fire-breathing SRT Viper TA, none other than Ralph Gilles sauntered over to have a closer look at the matte grey Veloster we'd driven out to the track that day. Gilles had lots of praise for the Veloster styling; not out of line with similar sentiments we've heard all year long.

We digress slightly, but the larger point is that there still seems to be a lot of interest in the Veloster, and Hyundai has plans to fully explore potential new marketplace niches for the car with this all-new, 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec.

Following on with the formula for R-Spec models to date, the new Veloster is not a higher-performance Turbo, but rather one that is more affordable. The theory goes that a de-contented Veloster Turbo hits the sweet spot for those who are interested in tuning the car for performance, a group that will probably not need the higher spec comfort and connectivity content that the standard Turbo ships with.

In addition to getting the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (output unchanged at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque), the Turbo R-Spec gets a host of racy visual updates. The red accents on the sides and front splitter of the car (seen here) are optional extras, while an exclusive interior treatment and R-Spec badges are part of the standard package. The car will be available with four paint options: Marathon Blue, Sprint Gray (exclusive to the R-Spec), Elite White and Ultra Black.

Functional upgrades include a B&M Racing sport shifter (which we're excited to try out), higher front and rear spring rates, a stiffer transmission mount and revised steering tuning for a heavier feel.

Equipment has been deleted from the standard Turbo specification, too, to both lower cost and reduce weight for the R-Spec. Deletions include the push-button start and proximity key, leather and heated seats, the electroluminescent instrument cluster, side mirror turn signals, driver's auto-up window and the glossy black interior accent pieces.

We're still waiting for official pricing for the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, but a small amount of extrapolation from the Genesis Coupe to Genesis Coupe R-Spec would indicate a starting price in the neighborhood of $20,000.


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      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they didn't delete that hideous deformed front
        velosynter
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mary.keana
        Civic is not winning any design awards for 2014 that's for sure lol, what's this year the 3rd body style change in the last 5 years ? VT are getting awards all over the place on design and many car enthusiast including some from Japan are comparing it to what a "modern CRX" could look like, originally a Honda legend ...
      Tirac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish all manufactures offered a similar model.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tirac
        Porsche will offer you one, but they will charge you an extra $10k for it.
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          You misunderstood. Porsche will charge you an extra 10k over the price of a loaded Porsche model and call it the sport version.
          bonehead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          What porsche can you purchase for $32k?
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they're still copying the Japanese, and the Veloster still looks like a gaping whale shark. Good to know.
      Mike E.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They deleted the auto up and down windows? Unless they switched to crank windows (which I wouldn't mind at all) why bother? Auto up/down is a programming feature. Last time I checked software code didn't weigh anything.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike E.
        Well a lot of the point of the car revolves around lowering it's price point, not necessarily weight. Granted, different window programming doesn't cost money, but still, lol. I would imagine the auto windows use a different switch though. Again, I can't imagine the different switch is saving much money though.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike E.
        By removing code you lighten the car a lot. The pointy haired boss believes it so it muss be true!
        Tabs Luther
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike E.
        Amen brother, I was thinking the same when I read some of the deletes. The turn signal mirrors and the push button start could weigh more than an lb or two.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      So basically they overpriced this car to begin with and can't make it fast - so they'll sell a stripper so that they can sell an over styled slow car down market. Maybe they'll put hybrid tires on it and sell it as a Scion!
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      to make up for the disappointing performance they need to offer this car with a better tuned suspension and teh 2.0L turbo from the Sonata. An extra 60hp should do the trick and it will likely impact mileage by only 1mpg
        taeles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        This car would literally fly off show room floors as an r-spec if it had the sonata's turbo engine in it.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @taeles
          Would help a lot, the Veloster turbo just does not perform as it should, too slow and soft.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reliability for the Veloster Turbo is terrible. While Hyundai does interiors pretty well they can Never get a Sport Car Right. The Genesis Coupe is also a Big MISS ! Until they focus on the drivetrains these "Sport Cars" from Korea will not match what most enthusiasts want from sports cars ! People that Buy this type of car will drive them hard & Hyundais are Not up to it ! The Big Mouth look for these Hyundais / Fords are becoming more common now as far as styling. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith probably loves the heck out them !
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        Genesis Coupe a big miss? Well, in Canada it is much cheaper than the competition. Same price as an FRS which I find overrated. On bad roads, which we have a lot in Quebec, the FRS just breaks your back, is slow and very noisy. The Genesis remains confortable, it is more of a GT car. And I enjoy driving it, a lot. The rest of the cars are just way more expensive and cannot be compared. So no it's a miss. And I just don't care how it performs on a track, I am very happy with size of my ....
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        "Steven Tyler of Aerosmith probably loves the heck out them !" - lol
        jrmosery86
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I had a 2012 Veloster with the Dual Clutch and it was a nightmare. At 11,000 miles they had to fix the clutch and it was in the shop for two weeks. The air also blew hot at stop lights, and the interior fell apart. The silver bits inside scratch too easy and my back seat unstitched itself. I traded it in after less than a year.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      2.0 turbo with an LSD. Put a real shifter in it. Profit. Follow up with an Elantra GT turbo.
      aacfx09
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why have they given the passenger the stability/traction control off button?
        getoffmylawn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aacfx09
        The same reason your keyboard isn't in alphabetical order. Buttons are placed strategically based on how often they are used.
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Adding lightness isn't going to help much when a MS3 or ST is sitting next to you. They could have skipped all of that and just put the Sonata turbo engine in and been done.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's actually pretty damn sweet! I usually prefer base models too, less weight, less cost, less to break so greater reliability. Keep it simple. :)
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, can this now keep up with a basic Civic Coupe. FORGET matching the Si.
        velosynter
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mary.keana
        Check YouTube and see stock VT's best Si's all day long ...
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