Veloster gets 1.6-litre GDI Turbo boost ahead of Geneva Motor Show
The Veloster Turbo is the first Hyundai to feature the company’s 1.6-litre GDI engine with a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger. In European specification, this new T-GDI unit generates 186 ps and 270 Nm of torque. In non-turbocharged form, the Veloster offers 140 ps and 167 Nm.
Tony Whitehorn, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor UK, commented: 'UK drivers tend to prefer more torque from a lower engine speed, so our European engineers have specified a set-up that still provides a substantial increase in power – up from 140 ps to 186 ps – while also delivering the desired low-end torque. The resulting package is very competitive against the performance of competitors such as VW Scirocco and Vauxhall Astra.
'Veloster has quickly established itself as a fun car and a unique proposition,' Whitehorn added. 'The enhanced performance will increase the Veloster’s appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, a fun drive and the practicality of a hatchback.'
Maximizing fuel efficiency and performance, the new engine has an air-guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT, with a bed plate and a serpentine auxiliary belt adopted for enhanced engine reliability. Accelerating from 0-60 mph, Veloster Turbo takes just 8.4 seconds (manual) compared to the 9.7 seconds (manual) of the regular Veloster*
Exact CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures for the new Veloster Turbo will be announced nearer to launch in the UK.