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Should Hyundai bridge it’s 1.6-litre GDI and T-GDI engines?

By SYF77 on 31 May 2012

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The funkiest Hyundai to date, the Veloster is here in Singapore. But sad to say, the performance failed to match its good looks. Powered by a 138bhp 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, the Veloster is only about 10 bhp more than the 1.6-litre MPI engine found in the Elantra.
Attached Image It sprints leisurely to 100km/h in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. Even a mundane looking VW Jetta 1.4-litre TSI can leave the Veloster behind. But fear not, for there is a super-hot 1.6 Turbo-GDI version of the Veloster, which is good for 201 bhp.

Coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the forced-induction coupe completes the century sprint in a quick 7.5 seconds. The Veloster seemed to go from mildly spicy in the non-turbo form to extremely spicy in the turbo variant. Is there room for something in-between?

I believe there is.

Just like the VW Golf, there is a base 122bhp version, a mid-range 160bhp ‘twincharger’ and an over 200bhp GTI variant. Similar to BMW’s N13 1.6L turbo engines, the Korean car maker’s 1.6-litre turbo uses twin-scroll turbocharger. Another similarity between the two is that both utilize gasoline direct-injection technology. If BMW’s N13 can come in tunes of 136bhp and 170 bhp, I see no reason why Hyundai can’t offer say a 160bhp 1.6 T-GDI lump.

A lower-powered 1.6-litre T-GDI engine could even be fitted into the Elantra and Hyundai can call it the “Elantra Sport”. This would lend it the credentials to challenge the VW Jetta Sport. I hope Hyundai’s management has similar ideas in mind.

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Soran May 31 2012 07:42 PM
They should just take the Elantra and shove this 200hp T-GDI engine into it.

Bring it to SG. I will be one of the first to buy one
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Expertz May 31 2012 11:33 PM
i don't understand this part
But sad to say, the performance failed to match its good looks

the honda civic which has an awesome look too, has only 125bhp, koup is within the same range and every 1.6L car out there has the same amount of horsepower
so what do you expect from a day to day bread and butter car? a 5L v10?

blog contributor should spend more time contributing more sensible articles or rephrase his words, might be difficult with a limited vocab though
Pocus Jun 01 2012 12:33 PM
What blogger means is that this car has the pseudo coupe look. So should perform like a coupe. Which should be much higher power than regular cars.

Actually since the introduction of the tuscani and celica, I have up this stereotype liao.
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