If you like the Hyundai Veloster’s unique style and interior features, but think it falls short with lackluster performance, there may be a more attractive option in your future. Hyundai CEO John Krafcik announced that a turbocharged Veloster is in the works. “It's official,” says Krafcik via Hyundai’s Twitter page. “Veloster Turbo is coming. More details in January at the Detroit Auto Show.”
Initial details are just starting to roll out on the new turbocharged Veloster, but Autoblog reports that it will be powered by Hyundai’s new 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. “That engine's previously announced spec is 204 horsepower – 66 more horsepower than the standard Veloster's naturally aspirated inline four,” writes Autoblog. “Assuming the model gets some other upgrades along with it, the turbocharged hatchback should be a pretty enthusiastic steer.”
Pricing has yet to be announced, but after a phone conversation with Hyundai Motor America Product Spokesman Miles C. Johnson, Edmunds speculates that the Veloster Turbo may cost around $2,000 more than the base model. “Johnson would not speculate on pricing for the turbocharged Veloster, but it is expected that the car will begin around $20,000,” says Edmunds. “The base 2012 Veloster with a 138-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission starts at $18,060, including a $760 destination charge.”
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