Hyundai Confirms Veloster Turbo

Exciting developments are on the horizon for the Hyundai Veloster, the sporty new compact car that just hit dealerships this fall.  Hyundai just announced this week via its Twitter page that a turbocharged version of the Veloster is in the works:  “It’s official,” tweets Hyundai CEO Joe Krafcik. “Veloster Turbo is coming. More details in January at the Detroit Auto Show.”

Specifications are unconfirmed, but the Veloster Turbo is expected to be powered by Hyundai’s new 1.6-liter Gamma inline four-cylinder engine, generating 204 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.  This is 66 more horsepower than the current Veloster, and it also bests the Mini Cooper S (181 hp), the Volkswagen GTI (200 hp), and the Honda Civic Si (201 hp).  Pairing this kind of power upgrade with the Veloster’s already nice package of desirable features could definitely make the turbocharged version a force to be reckoned with on all accounts.

The Veloster Turbo is also predicted to have the same front wheel drive as its current version, with either a six-speed manual transmission or Hyundai’s all-new six-speed dual-clutch. Rumored changes aside from the peppy new engine include a larger and more aggressive front air intake, round fog lights, and more chiseled body lines.  Pricing speculations put the Veloster Turbo starting at around $20,000.  More details will be confirmed as we get closer to its January 2012 launch at the Detroit Auto Show.

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