Hyundai has unveiled the European specced Veloster Turbo at Geneva. This turbocharged version of the quirky Veloster brings a little more power to the car that has all the styling of speed but saddled with only 140 horses from its normally aspirated 1.6-litre engine. With the application of a turbocharger, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo makes 183bhp and about 270Nm torque. Good for the affordable single rear door coupe to have a 0-100km/h time of 8.4seconds compared to the 9.7seconds of the 1180kg normally aspirated car.
- The normally aspirated Veloster-
This is actually an affordable fastback cum coupe for the masses but unfortunately for us over here, Hyundai has not even brought in the normally aspirated model pictured above. The right hand drive variant has been launched early 2011 and it is already being sold in the UK and Australia. This brings us to the problem of affordability – most manufacturers usually bring in the bread and butter models like 5 door hatchbacks, 4 door saloons, SUVs and MPVs instead of quirky, sporty and affordable sporty type of cars. A car like this could actually make the brand more hip, more cool instead of being known as 'one of those Korean cars'.
Anyway, enough ranting in here, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will be the first application of Hyundai's new 1.6-litre T-GDI engine. Aside from the newly minted engine, the Veloster Turbo gets a faster steering rack, a different suspension setup, and an exhaust system tuned to give it a better sounding note. Also note that the bodykit is different and that it only comes in a 6 speed manual transmission for the moment – This could be a drawback to those who only know how to shift automatically and there are many in this part of the world.
So there you have it, an affordable sporty fastback cum coupe that you won't see over in this parts for the time being. Or never, if the local importers decide not to bring it in and only concentrate its efforts on the normal and affordable but slightly dull cars that we're used to see over here.
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