Today at the Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai thinks they might have hit home with a VW GTI-fighting Veloster Turbo hatchback. The still new Veloster has the same quirky styling, the same number of (only) four seats and now 201 bhp, a bit more than the adequate 138 in the original.
Hyundai say that at 14 lbs/hp, they have a best-in class power to weight ratio and time will only tell if this translates well to the real world of handling. One bit that does translate is the fuel consumption: the 63 extra horses only take off two highway mpg when compared to the standard car, making it 38 mpg for the turbo, and while this is not an advertisement, I would add that this is class leading economy as well.
With the Veloster Turbo comes a sprinking of LEDs front and back, turn signals on the mirrors, bespoke front fascia, fog lights and a new matte gray color, whatever that means. If you see one coming down the road, you might also notice dual circular exhausts offering a different sound, stiffer suspension and less noticeably, another inch of length.
One interesting feature of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is not just the stability control, but the power steering; if the driver brakes or accelerates, the system will provide up to eight newton meters of counter steering force.
Prices to be announced at later date.
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– By: Sawyer Sutton