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Hyundai Veloster

2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Confirmed

November 1, 2011

Hyundai has finally confirmed it will bring a turbocharged version of its Veloster sport coupe to market. The South Korean automaker will take the wraps off this more potent version of its funky 3-door hatchback early next year, during the Detroit Auto Show. Not ones to wait, we were thrilled to discover that our trusty spy photographers have captured some pictures of Veloster Turbo test mules.

 Sportier Looks and Performance

The Hyundai Veloster is already a fun and funky new addition to the sport coupe market. Powered by a 138-bhp 1.6-liter inline-4, the Veloster is offered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With its solid feel and nimble chassis, the Veloster could certainly benefit from some added power.

Expect the turbocharged version of this 1.6-liter to serve up approximately 200 bhp. Hyundai hasn’t confirmed any engine specs, and the transmission choices should be carryover from the base model. Larger wheels and tires will certainly find their way onto this fun front-driver.

Best of all, the Veloster Turbo looks ready to add even more excitement to the car’s already wild exterior. These test mules appear to have all sorts of hood-mounted air intakes. Expect at least one—most likely toward the front and directly above the grille—to make it to production models.

The grille itself is larger in the Turbo model, and comes flanked by new fog lights and a lower chin spoiler. At the back, a pair of circular (and large!) exhaust pipes peeks out from the center of the rear bumper. In the base Veloster, these are smaller and have squared off edges.

Look for Hyundai Veloster Turbo production to kick off in mid-2012. With fully loaded versions of the naturally aspirated Veloster topping out at roughly $21,000, we can expect the Turbo to be priced from $20,000 to $23,000, depending on trim and options.

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