According to Hyundai Canada, the 2013 Veloster Turbo, which made its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January, will arrive in Canadian dealerships next month with a base MSRP of $25,999.
That price is for a vehicle with a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for a six-speed automatic raises the ante to $27,249.
Adding a turbo the funky three-door Hyundai, adds more power as well as more aggressive exterior styling and enhanced driving dynamics, according to the company.
The 2012 Veloster was named the Best New Sports/Performance Car for under $50,000, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (2012), primarily on the basis of its price, appearance and other non-performance attributes. Adding a Turbo should enhance the legitimacy of that title.
Available in a single trim level, the Veloster Turbo incorporates model-exclusive features inside and out. A new hexagonal grille, sculpted side skirts, rear diffuser with twin centre-mounted exhaust tips, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts, and projector headlamps with LED accents differentiate it from the standard Veloster.
Inside, unique two-tone leather seats with "Turbo" stitching join a new electro-luminescent gauge cluster and darker interior trim to give the car a more premium feel.
Like the Veloster with Tech Package, standard features include a 7.0-inch touch-screen navigation system with back-up camera, 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals, and much more.
A unique option, at this price level, will be a Matte Grey paint finish – a feature typically found only on very expensive luxury and sports cars. The paint option will cost $1000.
The Veloster Turbo's 1.6-litre, turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine is rated at 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque on a plateau from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm. And it runs on regular fuel.
It is estimated to consume just 7.5 L/100km in the city and 5.2 L/100km on the highway when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission.
The Turbo's Gamma T-GDI engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and the GDI system, is said to provides near-instantaneous power delivery with minimal turbo lag.
Complementing its aggressive appearance and performance, the Veloster Turbo features a quicker ratio steering rack and revised steering calibration, as well bigger (300 mm) ventilated front brake rotors. Four-wheel discs with ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA )are standard.
Its sport-tuned MacPherson-strut front suspension incorporates coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers and a 24-mm front anti-roll bar. The rear, V-Beam torsion axle, with coil springs and monotube shock absorbers, features an integrated 23-mm anti-roll bar that braces the torsion arms for greater stiffness and increased control over body roll.
Tipping the scales at just 1,255 kg (estimated), the Veloster is said to be 62 kg lighter than the Honda Civic Si Coupe and 121 kg lighter than the Volkswagen GTI.
Standard safety features include a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system that controls both the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) systems to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in slippery conditions or during fast cornering.
Should the vehicle lose traction, VSM can deliver up to eight Newton-meters of counter-steering effort to help keep it on the road.
All Velosters feature six airbags, including dual front, seat-mounted front-impact, and side curtains.