The photographers at Motor Authority has caught the upcoming turbocharged version of the Hyundai Veloster sports coupe undergoing hot weather testing in the harsh conditions of California’s Death Valley. Its sighting confirms previous reports that a more powerful version of the Veloster is in the works.
The spy shots shows that the car’s styling will be much more aggressive than its naturally aspirated sibling. The large front grille looks rather “Audi-sh”though. A turbocharged version of the Veloster’s 1.6 liter direct-injected four cylinder engine is expected to deliver up to 208 hp with an accompanying 195 lb-ft of torque. This puts the future Hyundai pocket rocket in the same league as the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI. The standard 1.6 GDI model produces just 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. This engine is shared with the Hyundai Elantra.
The prototype gets a new exhaust system with circular dual tips instead of the standard squared ones. The flared wheel arches helps to give the prototype an aggressive stance. Look out for a debut of the turbocharged Veloster by middle of next year, with a showroom appearance to follow shortly after. It looks like the Scirocco can look forward to some stiff competition. Probably by the time the turbocharged Veloster is launched, the Scirocco would have gone through a mid-life facelift to help it keep up with the competition.