2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Goes Head to Head with the GTI and Civic Si

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is here and gives the small hatchback a much needed power boost! How much? Well how does 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque sound?

The Veloster Turbo is powered by a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with direct-injection. It’s a nice jump up from the 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft. that the base Veloster has to make due with. It can be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and when equipped with the manual the Veloster Turbo gets an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

The Veloster Turbo gives Hyundai a serious competitor to models like the VW GTI, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper S. Hyundai can also boast about the fact that the Veloster Turbo not only gets better gas mileage than those models, but also has a better power-to-weight ratio.

“The Turbo further broadens Veloster’s hero role in the Hyundai line-up to attract our next generation of buyers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America. “It’s powerful, high-tech and fuel-efficient, attributes which we think make Veloster Turbo the ultimate innovation in the sport coupe segment.”

The more powerful turbocharged engine is not the only addition to the Veloster Turbo. It also gets a quicker ratio steering rack and a revised steering calibration and Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires. The Veloster Turbo gets a more aggressive front end with a bigger grille, side skirts and a new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia. The face also has LED accents and the Veloster Turbo vailable in a Hyundai first Matte Gray paint.

Hyundai has yet to announce the pricing, but the 2013 Veloster Turbo will arrive this summer.