Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo: Here They Are

by Linda Olson January 16, 2018, 0:45
Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo: Here They Are

This will be the first of what I hope will be several new performance-oriented Hyundais to land on our shores.

The driver side gets one large door and two doors on the passenger side and is a feature that is retained on the updated model. On the other, a front door alone.

Styling wise, the Veloster follows the i30's lead in striving for a more European look, with a redesigned grille, lower roofline and beefier front wheel arches conveying a more muscular stance. It's paired with either a six speed manual or a six speed automatic, and has three drive modes: normal, sport, and smart (which works as an auto mode). The engine compression ratio is 9.5:1, high for a turbocharged engine. Those wanting more juice can opt for the Veloster Turbo, which is powered by a 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo that also twists out 195 pound-feet of torque. The latter gets paddle-shifters, while both versions have Active Sound Design enhancement and three drive modes. That means power is pushed to the outside instead, increasing grip.

A higher powered variant of the auto the Turbo comes with a direct-injected 1.6-litre Gamma four that delivers 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The target is clearly VW's Golf which, if you've not been keeping abreast of hot-hatches, in 2018 form has 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts.

Torque vectoring that uses wheel-speed sensors to brake the inside front wheel also debuts across the range, but it's the suspension's extra layer of adjustability, which goes beyond that of the PD i30's, that has Hyundai's Aussie engineers most excited.

N SUSPENSION GEOMETRY AND TUNING Generous torque from the turbocharged powertrain is smoothly and efficiently driven to the tarmac by an N Power Sense Axle design. Electronically-controlled, it promises better launch performance, a cut in acceleration slip understeer, and higher maximum cornering speeds. N Custom mode allows comprehensive driving character preferences via uniquely customizable settings for each tunable driving attribute.

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Visually, the N is more aggressive than the regular Veloster, wearing optional N-exclusive Performance Blue paint and bright red trim sprinkled like tinsel throughout the exterior.

In addition, Velosters with manual gearboxes - for some reason it seems the DCT doesn't have this option - are able to be fitted with 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4. The rear gets a larger N-design rear spoiler, an integrated diffuser, and dual exhaust.

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay with Eyes-Free Siri integration and Blue Link connected-car integration also come with the vehicle. A heads-up display is available, showing things like speed, navigation directions, lane departure warnings, engine RPM, and transmission gear. Wireless smartphone charging is also on offer.

The Veloster N throws in exclusive cloth sports seats and an N-design wheel, shift knob, door sill plates, and a special instrument cluster. There's also a sequential shift indicator on the dashboard to ensure you don't bang against the rev limiter.

The one we're interested in, of course, is the Veloster Turbo. As for the 2019 Veloster N, that won't reach U.S. shores until Q4.

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