You asked for it, you got it. Hyundai is giving enthusiasts more power at the North American International Auto Show, with two updated and new offerings. Each are in Hyundai’s performance lineup, and the 2013 Genesis got some significant boosts to power. The Veloster has grown on us since its debuted – its funky, sporty styling is fresh and different.
Buyers agree, as the Veloster has sold really well so far. We’ve always thought it needed more power though. Despite being called (and looking like) a performance offering, the Veloster’s four only puts out 138 horsepower. That isn’t going to win many drag races. Cars can still be fun to drive while not having much horsepower, but extra oomph helps things a lot in that regard. Hyundai is happy to oblige.
The Veloster Turbo boosts its power to 201 hp and 196 pound-feet of torque. Now that is more like it. Weighing in at just 2,800 pounds, that should make for engaging performance. Hyundai wants to make sure people notice the extra power visually too.
Instead of a split setup like the regular car, the Veloster gets a huge new grille that is taller and wider. The look of aggression is continued by new 18-inch wheels and redesigned fog lamps. Out back there is new LED tail lamps, and large, center mounted exhaust tips. They hint at a reworked exhaust system which aims to provide a more vocal soundtrack. It has to sound the part too!
A cool element is a new paint color, called Matte Grey. Like its name implies, it is flat – making it one of the first, if not the first applications of a flat color by a manufacturer. We aren’t sure if it is an option limited to just the Veloster Turbo. Most likely you’ll have to fork over some extra dough if you spring for it. Like most Hyundais, the Veloster Turbo should offer a nice value when it rolls into showrooms this summer. Pricing has yet to be released.