Hyundai Veloster Turbo shown

10 Jan, 2012 1:34pm Mat Watson

Faster Hyundai Veloster Turbo coupe debuts with 198bhp 1.6-litre engine

The new Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been revealed. A US version of the firm's latest coupe was shown at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show, and the European version is expected to be almost identical.

Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine which produces 198bhp, and although no official figures have been released, it should be capable of 0-60mph in around seven seconds. The good news is that while offering impressive performance, the new engine is also economical, as it's capable of returning more than 45mpg.

Video: watch our video of the Veloster Turbo at Detroit


As well as the new engine, the Veloster Turbo also has a revised steering system, with a faster rack for increase responses. Bigger brakes are fitted at the front to provide added stopping power, while large twin exhaust pipes at the rear should ensure the high-performance model sounds the part.

There are a few visual changes, too. A revised front end with a larger grille, new foglamps and LED daytime running lights give the Veloster Turbo a more aggressive look, while bespoke matt grey paint ensures the car stands out. There’s also an enhanced aerodynamics kit, with a carbon-effect front splitter, side skirts and large rear diffuser. Inside body-hugging sports seats with Turbo embroidering and various Turbo badges complete the upgrades. 

The European version of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and go on sale in the UK in the second half of the year, priced in excess of £20,000.

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There's no doubt the Veloster needs a turbo, but what are the stylists thinking, that new front grill is hideous, the side trims are just plain tacky and the new paint jobs are ridiculous.

Looks OK, if it comes in around 20k I reckon I might see a lot more of these on the road.

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