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.