Veloster Turbo aims to broaden coupe's appeal
The Veloster Turbo is the first Hyundai to use the 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine, which offers 184bhp and 195g/km and shifts peak power lower down the rev range in line with European buyers’ tastes. Offering 48bhp more than the 1.6 GDI model already on sale, it will accelerate to 62mph from rest in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 133mph.
Most importantly it allows Hyundai to compete for a wider spread of the compact coupe market, where the standard car was unable to match the performance of its closest competitors. The Veloster Turbo offers similar performance to the 154g/km Scirocco 1.4 TSI, 168g/km Astra GTC 1.6 16v Turbo and 149g/km Peugeot RCZ THP 156.
Tony Whitehorn, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor UK, said: 'We believe that the performance enhancements will further increase the Veloster’s appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, an engaging drive, coupled with the efficiency and practicality of a traditional hatchback.'
The Veloster Turbo is marked out by an aggressive bodykit, including a unique front bumper and grille, longer and wider rear spoiler with LED brakelight and deeper side skirts. Its muscular arches are filled by 18-inch alloy wheels, and the interior features bespoke sports seats with Turbo stitched into the headrests.
Like the rest of the Veloster range, the car includes Hyundai’s 5 Year Triple Care package, comprising of an unlimited mileage warranty, roadside assistance and health checks.