Hyundai Veloster (finally) goes Turbo


Originally not earmarked for South Africa due to pricing concerns, Hyundai South Africa has officially released pricing and spec details of its new Veloster Turbo sports coupe.

Slotting in above the standard normally aspirated model which debuted two years ago, the Turbo also marks the Korean manufacture’s first attempt at introducing a model fitted with a small displacement forced induction petrol engine.

Compared to the standard model, the Turbo also features a range of exterior changes with adoption of a single piece hexagonal grille, revised front bumper, LED daytime-running lights and a rear diffuser. Changes under the skin are more prominent and include a revised electric power steering, enlarged ventilated front disc brakes and retuned front and rear suspension.

Inside, the standard car’s conventional instrument cluster has been dropped in favour of two TFT screens mounted between the tachometer speedometer, while a brand new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Hyundai’s Gracenote media sorting system, takes pride of place on the centre console.

Said to have formed the basis of the current unit used in the i20 World Rally Car, the Veloster’s twin-scroll 1.6-litre turbocharged engine sees power rising from 103 kW to 150 kW with torque jumping from 167 N.m to 265 N.m. Transmission options are unchanged from the standard car and are either a six-speed manual or similar ratio dual-clutch automatic.

Performance-wise, Hyundai claims a 0-100 km/h time of 7.8 sec and top speed of 230 km/h for the manual with the auto taking 7.3 sec before topping out at 225 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 L/100 km and 7.4 L/100 km respectively.

Standard spec is comprehensive and includes a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux as well as a boot mounted eight-inch subwoofer, auto climate control, 18-inch alloys, electrically folding and heated mirrors, electric windows with a one touch up/down function for the driver, cruise control, rear parking sensors (the auto model also incorporates a rear camera), auto lock/unlock doors, push button start, keyless entry, six airbags, ABS, EBD, BAS, ESP and auto on/off follow me home headlights.

A five year / 150 000 km and five year / 90 000 service plan is included in the manual’s R379 900 and automatic’s R399 900 asking prices.


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