2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo priced for bargain perfomance addicts

Jun 10, 2012
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo priced for bargain perfomance addicts

Hyundai might not be the first name you associate with pocket-rocket performance, but the 2013 Veloster Turbo hopes to change all that. Squeezing 201 horsepower at 6,000rpm out of a 1.6 liter turbocharged powerplant, the Veloster Turbo was first revealed earlier this year, and has now had a mightily impressive sub-$22k price tag attached.

The 2013 model year gets a styling refresh, with a gaping-mouth grille and more aggressive arches. Both 3- and 5-door versions of the hot hatch have been shown off, with prices starting from $21,950 for the 6-speed manual and rising to $22,950 for the 6-speed auto with paddle shift.

Both get a Gamma turbocharged engine, with a twin-scroll turbocharger that Hyundai promises is good for instantaneous power delivery and minimal turbo lag. There's also some reasonable economy figures, too - well, reasonable for this sort of performance car, anyway - with 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway results in the manual.

A new matte grey paint finish, special 18-inch alloys and LED running lights are all included, while inside there are leather seats with Turbo-embroidered stitching and integral heating, twin LCD TFT displays and push-button start. Hyundai's Blue Link system is supported, hooking up via Bluetooth to your Android or iPhone handset and streaming internet radio, calls, navigation and more all through the car's 7-inch touchscreen interface. A 450-watt eight speaker audio system (including an 8-inch sub) and iPod/USB/aux-in connections are also standard.

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo arrives this summer, undercutting the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper/Clubman S.

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