Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Further flair of velocity

"The quirky Veloster is back with extra 63 hp"

"Veloster Turbo shows off a fruitful marriage of form and function on the road" said Issam

"Hyundai Veloster Turbo says goodbye to the Veloster!"

"Veloster makes this a good alternative to regular old economy cars"

I reckon when the original Hyundai Veloster debuted in 2012; I was a prompt fan! I loved its originality with funky styling which may be a love-it-or-hate-it issue, but the most important thing about it is its exceptionality. Now I am behind the wheels of the Turbo version.

Driving Impressions
The Veloster Turbo faces off against worthy competitors such as the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic and Mini Cooper/Clubman S with a better power-to-weight ratio than all of them, and a unique sport-tuned steering and suspension hardware set.

The 1.6 liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the Veloster Turbo produces 204 horsepowers at 6000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque from 1750 - 4500 rpm with regular fuel. Hyundai's 1.6 liter Gamma turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but Hyundai has brought this technology down its lineup from the Sonata 2.0T.

Twin-scroll turbocharger designs have two exhaust gas inlets divided by split walls inside the turbine housing, with both gas passages controlled by a waste-gate. A twin-scroll turbo recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, thanks to a divided manifold. The twin-scroll design separates the cylinders whose exhaust gas pulses interfere with each other, resulting in improved pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine.

For example, at the start of the intake stroke of cylinder one and when both the intake and exhaust valves of cylinder one are open (valve overlap period), cylinder three already starts its exhaust stroke with the exhaust valve open. If the exhaust passages of cylinder one and three were connected, the exhaust gas pulse from cylinder three would increase the back pressure of cylinder one. This would reduce the induction of the fresh air and increase the amount of hot residual gases inside the cylinder. However, with the twin-scroll turbocharger setup, this interference is minimized.

Exterior
The result of this superior scavenging effect from a twin-scroll design leads to better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine. This, in turn, allows greater valve overlap, resulting in an improved quality and quantity of the air charge entering each cylinder. In fact, with more valve overlap, the scavenging effect of the exhaust flow can literally draw more air in on the intake side. At the same time, drawing out the last of the low-pressure exhaust gases helps pack each cylinder with a denser and purer air charge. Maximum boost from the turbocharger is 18 psi.

Veloster Turbo's unique design takes inspiration from a custom high-performance sport bike. One of the most popular sport bike upgrades is to modify the exhaust. Hyundai designers have removed the Veloster's trapezoidal center exhaust and replaced it with two larger free flowing circular pipes. These new pipes and the new intake manifold also allowed engineers to give the engine a more robust sound, which will delight enthusiasts.

From a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, through the sculpted side skirts and new dynamic rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia, Veloster Turbo's design adds aggression and aerodynamic stability compared to the base model. Drivers following Veloster will also notice the Veloster Turbo will be available in a Hyundai first Matte Gray paint. A set of 18 inch gray wheels with chrome inserts completes the Veloster Turbo's recognized style. Veloster Turbo's face also has signature eight individual headlight LED accents.

Interior
Inside, full leather seats with the word "Turbo" stitched into the seatbacks help deliver a unique look and provide exceptional support and comfort. An exclusive supervision cluster offers the driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format. This is due to the supervision cluster's two TFT screens located between the tachometer and the speedometer. Heated front seats are also standard on the Turbo version. The center stack and controls also resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate a push-button starter and alloy pedals.

Verdict
All in all, after a whole weekend spent behind the wheels of the Veloster Turbo, I can admit that I personally liked it a lot. It will most likely remain an acquired taste for many enthusiasts. It's totally quick, totally capable and totally inexpensive. It's time to take it seriously! 

Pros: design, lots of features for the money, efficient engine
Cons: slow turbo response, limited rear seat access and headroom.
Rivals: Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ, VW Golf GTI, Fiat 500 Abarth, Mini Cooper S, VW Beetle
Stars: 4 stars
One word: inexpensive

Specs

1.6 L turbo, inline-4, 204 hp, 265 Nm
6-speed auto, FWD, 0-100 kph 7.6 sec, 7.12 L / 100 km
1270 kg

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