The Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo debuts in Detroit

It has been a great year for Hyundai at the 2012 North American International Auto Show with the Elantra taking home the North American Car of the Year but joining that super efficient compact is the new high performance version of the innovative Hyundai Veloster – now packing a turbocharger and over 200 horsepower.

When the Hyundai Veloster was introduced in 2011, the Korean automaker wanted to make a sporty hatchback that offered hybrid-like fuel economy without the high price attached to hybrid models. I have had the pleasure of driving the 2012 Hyundai Veloster and it is a great little car but in an effort to combine sportiness and fuel economy, the 1.6L GDI engine favored the fuel economy end of the spectrum more than being sporty. Don’t get me wrong…with a sport tuned suspension system and 138 horsepower, the Veloster is tons of fun to drive but honestly, the unique 4-door hatchback could use a little more power. While attending the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we had a chance to attend a dinner with Hyundai USA CEO John Krafcik where the Hyundai boss confirmed that there would be a turbocharged version of the Veloster that would debut in Detroit and when the 2012 NAIAS opened in Detroit’s Cobo Hall – the world was introduced to the new 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.


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