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Hyundai unveiled the Veloster Turbo R-Spec at the LA Auto Show yesterday, and it's touted as a high-performance model without some of the standard features usually found on the Veloster Turbo, such as proximity-key entry with push-button start, premium gauge cluster, side-repeater mirrors, driver's auto-up window, high-gloss interior trim and heated leather seats.

Like the other three R-Spec models Hyundai has released (Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec), the Veloster Turbo R-Spec skimps on interior appointments to keep the price down. But Hyundai thinks that people who buy it don't want that equipment anyway, and would rather install aftermarket goodies. The car is priced at $22,110 (including the $810 destination fee), which makes it the least expensive Veloster Turbo model.

The pared-down hatchback's special features include R-Spec-specific sport suspension, retuned steering and a B&M short-shifter for the six-speed manual transmission (the R-Spec isn't offered with an automatic). That's all great, but we can do without the red-accented side skirts and front splitter, which look just as tacky in person as they do in pictures.

For more information on the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, feel free to peruse the press release below.

UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Veloster Turbo R-Spec was $22,110 not including the destination fee. The text has been corrected.
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HYUNDAI TURBO R-SPEC MODEL JOINS VELOSTER LINE-UP

New R-Spec Model Provides a More Focused Performance Package for Tuners and Enthusiasts

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 – Hyundai today announced the addition of the Veloster Turbo R-Spec to its line-up at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The heart of the R-Spec is the responsive, aftermarket-tunable 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged engine, along with unique design cues, enhanced chassis tuning, a B&M Racing® Sport Shifter, and the lowest price point in the Veloster Turbo lineup. R-Spec production will begin in December 2013 with availability in early February 2014.

Veloster Turbo R-Spec is the fourth R-Spec model in Hyundai's lineup, following in the footsteps of Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec. R-Spec represents the ultimate performance version of each of these models. For Veloster Turbo R-Spec, sport suspension and steering settings have been retuned for optimum responsiveness, with higher spring rates and a more rigid transmission mount. On the powertrain side, R-Spec is available only with the 6-speed manual transmission, and a short-throw B&M Sport Shifter has been added for a tighter, more direct shift feel.

2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec Highlights

- Unique R-Spec suspension and steering tuning for enhanced agility and feel
- 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with new shift knob design
- Short-throw B&M Racing® Sport Shifter for a tighter, high-precision shift feel
- Red exterior accents on front splitter and side blades (optional; later availability)
- Red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats (in lieu of standard leather on other Veloster Turbo models)
- R-Spec embroidered-logo floor mats and R-Spec exterior badging
- Lowest MSRP Veloster Turbo model: $22,110, including $810 destination charge

"We're thrilled to add the Veloster Turbo R-Spec to our growing family of enthusiast-oriented R-Spec models", said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The R-Spec takes the Veloster theme of affordable performance to an entirely new level that is sure to appeal to driving enthusiasts."

On the exterior, R-Spec adds a sporty red-accented front splitter and side blades, with R-Spec badging on the rear hatch. Inside, red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats complement special embroidered-logo R-Spec floor mats for a sporty ambience. Veloster Turbo R-Spec will be available in four colors: Elite White, Ultra Black, Marathon Blue, and exclusively for 2014 Veloster, Sprint Gray.

In keeping with its purist driving focus, some standard equipment from the Turbo model has been deleted from the R-Spec, such as proximity-key entry with push-button start, premium gauge cluster, side-repeater mirrors, driver's auto-up window, high-gloss interior cues and full-faced heated leather seats.

Adding to the focused driving experience for all 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec and Turbo models is Torque Vectoring Control (TVC). This active cornering feature, utilizing capabilities from the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and powertrain control systems, improves dynamic cornering during more enthusiastic driving. TVC uses wheel-speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during spirited cornering. This active braking redirects power to the outside front wheel in the turn, reducing wheelspin, for enhanced cornering grip and corner-exit acceleration. Overall, TVC provides Veloster Turbo R-Spec drivers with an incremental margin of cornering precision during enthusiastic driving.

Inside the cabin, 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec and Turbo models receive Active Sound Design (later availability), which provides richer in-cabin powertrain resonance for an even more involving driving experience, especially during spirited driving.


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      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Porsche model, charge more for less, doesn't really work when it's a crap car to begin with.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Lean to read, they are charging less for less. This is a decontented cheaper model that keeps all the go-fast parts. The stiffer suspension and lower weight lend itself to a more performance oriented vehicle.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...not even with a ten foot pole.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That\'s just sad. They created a stripper model that didn\'t lower the price? That\'s a fail.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        [blocked]
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        " so while the R-Spec loses creature comforts to lower the price, the sport-oriented equipment fitted to it adds the dollars back on."------------ Judging by your comment i know exactly who you voted for.
      Ricky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can somebody please make the case as to why anybody would buy a Veloster Turbo (any trim level) over a GTI or Focus/Fiesta ST? I'm not being snarky or trolling, I just really want to hear some concrete reasons, and "Because he or she is an idiot" does not count.
        Memphis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        Actually a VTwouldbea direct comparison between a fiesta st
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        VT is cheaper to operate and maintain - it doesn't require premium gas, gets better [advertised] fuel economy, and has a MUCH longer warranty than the Focus ST or Golf GTI. Also the styling is very unique and you can't account for taste (but I like it).
        Justin Shaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        I would guess most would argue better mpg, which is debatable. 2. They truly prefer the looks/styling, which again is debatable. 3. It offers a lot of bang for buck with extras. I'd personally go Mazda 3, (hoping they announce a speed soon). But then again, I bet many would argue getting base WRX's. Beauty of individualality.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Shaw
          OK if you saying Mazda3 is better yeah i agree, but do you honestly not see the difference here. Plenty of cars offer a better value or better tech, this car is unique, no other car on the road looks like the Veloster. That's why people buy it.
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        I can think of 3780 little rectangular green reasons why someone might buy this over a GTI.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricky
        It's also just outright cheaper than those cars.
        Julio M. Houmani-Cha
        @Ricky
        It's not underpowered at all. I have the 6-speed manual transmission, I get plenty of zip out of the twin scrolling turbos, I assure you. I agree that the non-turbo version is as boring as golf cart though. But the turbo is quick! and I've averaged 30 mpg. Fun car to drive Unique look. And for under $23K? No brainer. The fiesta?? borrrrrrring!!
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      They made a sport model of the worst sports car they make?
      WCauto
      • 1 Year Ago
      People need to remember that the Veloster is nothing more than an Accent with Funky style. It's not a sports car. It's geared towards people who want something unique with a lot of goodies for a low price. If you want something that is cool, comfortable with lots of options and a little punch at a good price then buy the Veloster turbo.
      Julio M. Houmani-Cha
      I dn't know about the negative comments here, but I have 2013 Veloster Turbo and I have really no complaints! It's a lot of fun to drive and very peppy as it is. And I like the "creature comforts". And I have had zero problems with it so far (I just passed 14,000 miles). It's a great car for the price. Fun to drive. Practical (hatchback). I paid $23,000 out the door (including taxes)
        al4gg10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Julio M. Houmani-Cha
        Other owners of the Veloster Turbo have had Many Problems with these cars. Plus its just not the Turbo that is rated way below average for reliability as this car shows up as one to avoid .... I hope your luck keeps up. The car shows a nice interior design but I would Never consider any Hyundai as a " Fun " car to drive with a manual transmission. I would love to see the Veloster Turbo on the track with its rivals.
        Julio M. Houmani-Cha
        @Julio M. Houmani-Cha
        Oh yeah. I had ONE issue. The speakers all blew and pretty quickly. And I didn't drive them that hard. Fortunately, all warranty items, but a pain to get replaced out one at a time anyway. Hyundai could get THAT part right.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its a Hyundai, so in two years a fully loaded Veloster should come in with about 40,000 miles and a price tag of about $16,000. So why bother with a stripped down model of a car that lacks to begin with?
      Memphis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to see a comparison against the fiesta st
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Memphis
        This is iinthe same class as the Focus.
          Memphis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          Points moot. The Fiesta ST is a direct comparison regardless of class. They weigh the same, both have 1.6l turbos, same price point. The VT has the unfortunate problem of being in the class as the focus but the fact is it is more closely comparable to the fiesta.
          suthrn2nr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          The veloster and VT are constantly reviewed as "overpromising and underdelivering" while the Fiesta ST/Focus ST are constantly praised for being fun to drive and living up to expectations. Specs dont mean much when they are just thrown together for marketing purposes and little actual sports refinement.
          Memphis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Indubitably
          Yes, that is true. But the Fiesta is still a car that will and should be cross shopped with the VT. They weigh about the same, both have 1.6l turbos, run about the same in the quarter, 0-60 both in the same price point, Except a Fiesta St will run you a lot more fully loaded than a comparably equipped VT. Comparo cars are the Mini, Fiesta, VT, and the Abarth
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok Veloster Turbo, now you have my attention. But can I still get it with the sun roof?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, those headlights are huge. In fact, the entire front end seems to be over inflated.
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