First Look at the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Hyundai Veloster made a big splash with its 2012 model year debut.  This compact three-door coupe was an instant success due to its unique body style, impressive fuel economy, and overall “fun factor.” Rolling off that momentum, Hyundai is launching the 2013 Veloster Turbo, the sporty twin with aggressive styling and sport tuned suspension.

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo packs a big punch under the hood, with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, compared to 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque in the standard model.  The twin-scroll turbo engine has two exhaust gas inlets that provide more efficient power and quicker energy recovery than a single-scroll turbo.  This gives the vehicle excellent weight-to-horsepower ratio while still delivering up to 38 MPG Highway (compared to 40 mpg in the standard). Top it off with an exceptionally low coefficient of drag (.33) and sport-tuned steering, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an exciting experience behind the wheel.

But the Veloster Turbo isn’t just a list of impressive stats; it delivers. Trusted automotive site, Edmunds.com, took the Turbo out for a first test drive and came back with raving reviews:

“The new Veloster Turbo comes across as impressively stout, whether connecting the dots on a twisty road or pulling out to pass a semi-truck on the highway.”

“The Veloster [Turbo] works even better on our favorite back road. Push it hard and the well-balanced chassis remains reassuringly neutral, with minimal body roll. The revised steering carves through the relentless corners accurately and loads up predictably as the lateral g’s rise.”

“A significant performance boost has elevated the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo from mostly funky to absolutely fun. We can safely say that the major horsepower and torque infusion brought about by Hyundai’s new Gamma 1.6-liter turbocharged engine has failed to expose any deal-breaking flaws.”

Read the full review here.

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