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2019 Hyundai Veloster

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The second-gen three-door offers style and fun without breaking the bank

First introduced in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster initially hit the scene as a replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon, the FWD 2+2 coupe built between 1996 and 2008. By contrast, the Veloster changed it up with a funky hatchback profile and 2+1 door layout (one on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side). In a segment filled to the brim with hard-hitting, well-established competition, the Veloster is a bit of an upstart, shaking things up with a unique attitude that still manages to make fun-behind-the-wheel a top priority. Throughout its life cycle, we’ve seen a wide variety of custom takes on the Veloster, but now, Hyundai is offering up a whole new second generation. Once again making its debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, the latest 2019 model year brings with it a variety of models and trim levels, including the base model, and the mid-grade Turbo and R-Spec models. There’s even a go-faster N version if that happens to be more your speed (check out our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N). Just as it was before, the new Veloster once again aims at catching the eye of enthusiasts, with a focus on making the whole package more engaging, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of the driving experience. The latest model year also comes with a good bit upgraded infotainment stuff as well.

But will the Veloster’s sophomore effort be enough to topple equally enticing offerings from the likes of Mazda, Honda, or Ford? Read on for the details.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster Cabrio

2020 Hyundai Veloster Cabrio

It’s fun to imagine a world where this version of the Veloster exists

The second-generation Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. As expected, the Korean automaker put in a lot of work to differentiate the punchy hatchback from its predecessor. The new Veloster’s design still jumps out of the page, but it’s not as funky as the first-gen model that had all sorts of curves and weird edges on it. The tamer-looking second-gen Veloster is more appealing to look at. That car has already been well-received by the public, and the same thing should happen once the new Veloster hits dealerships.

But as good as the new Veloster looks like, can you imagine what a drop-top version could look like if Hyundai decided to build one? It’s unlikely that the company will go that route, but if it did, who’d be excited to see a Veloster Cabrio? Is it something you’d want to be seen driving in? If you can’t picture what that kind of car will look like, let this new rendering from master artist X Tomi Design guide your senses and perception. Convinced yet? I know I am.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster

The second-gen three-door offers style and fun without breaking the bank

First introduced in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster initially hit the scene as a replacement for the Hyundai Tiburon, the FWD 2+2 coupe built between 1996 and 2008. By contrast, the Veloster changed it up with a funky hatchback profile and 2+1 door layout (one on the driver’s side, two on the passenger’s side). In a segment filled to the brim with hard-hitting, well-established competition, the Veloster is a bit of an upstart, shaking things up with a unique attitude that still manages to make fun-behind-the-wheel a top priority. Throughout its life cycle, we’ve seen a wide variety of custom takes on the Veloster, but now, Hyundai is offering up a whole new second generation. Once again making its debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, the latest 2019 model year brings with it a variety of models and trim levels, including the base model, and the mid-grade Turbo and R-Spec models. There’s even a go-faster N version if that happens to be more your speed (check out our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N). Just as it was before, the new Veloster once again aims at catching the eye of enthusiasts, with a focus on making the whole package more engaging, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of the driving experience. The latest model year also comes with a good bit upgraded infotainment stuff as well.

But will the Veloster’s sophomore effort be enough to topple equally enticing offerings from the likes of Mazda, Honda, or Ford? Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N

2019 Hyundai Veloster N

The company’s second N model is coming to the U.S.!

Introduced in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster replaced the Tiburon (known as the Coupe in other markets) in the United States. Essentially a hybrid between a hatchback and a coupe, the Veloster is available in a three-door configuration only and uses small-displacement four-cylinder engines exclusively. Offered in base and Turbo trim, the Veloster gained an N version with its second-generation redesign. The higher-performance variant crafted by the still-new N division will be the first beefed-up Hyundai to cross the pond to the U.S.

Previewed by a series of concept cars with mid-engined configurations, the high-performance Veloster debuted alongside the standard hatchback at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Both boast sportier styling, new technology, and improved engines, but the N model also sports a number of aggressive aerodynamic updates, exclusive features inside the cabin, and turbocharged engine powerful enough to give the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST a run for their money.

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Hot Hatch Comparison – Hyundai Veloster N Vs. Ford Focus ST

Hot Hatch Comparison – Hyundai Veloster N Vs. Ford Focus ST

Pitting the South Korean upstart against an American veteran

The new Hyundai Veloster N just dropped at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, serving up U.S. audiences a thick slice of the South Korean brand’s performance know-how on a three-door hatchback plate. It’s a tempting piece of kit, no doubt about it, but the Blue Oval won’t take it lying down, offering up the tried-and-true Focus ST as a strong counterpoint. Which is superior? We take a quick look at the numbers and specs to figure it out.

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Hyundai Veloster N Isn't Interested in Nurburgring Titles

Hyundai Veloster N Isn’t Interested in Nurburgring Titles

Fun and engaging take priority over unbridled speed

The Hyundai Veloster N was a surprise attendee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. A lot of people weren’t expecting to see it but were thankful anyway when they did. As the second model to get the N performance treatment, the Veloster N is a lot of things. It’s fast, engaging, and a lot of fun to drive. One thing it isn’t, though, is record-breaking. It’s not breaking any lap records at the Nurburgring because it wasn’t developed to do so. That strategy was intentional because, in Hyundai’s eyes, Nurburgring lap records are "a waste of time."

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Veloster N Previews Good Things To Come From Hyundai

Veloster N Previews Good Things To Come From Hyundai

A hot hatch that would appear to herald performance success for the brand

We saw quite a few interesting debuts at the Detroit Auto Show this year, with a host of fresh metal worthy of your collective automotive attention shedding the sheets and strutting their stuff all over the show floor. As expected, Motown played host tons of important reveals from the domestic makes, but the imports saw some good action as well. One of the most noteworthy was from South Korean brand Hyundai, which gave us an in-depth look at its latest U.S.-bound hot hatchback, the Veloster N. This thing has us excited, offering up all the important hot hatch tricks, but without the premium pricing seen at the top of segment. It’s a move that certainly puts Hyundai on our radar in terms of future performance offerings.

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You Can Already Drive The Cool Hyundai Veloster N in Forza Motorsport 7

You Can Already Drive The Cool Hyundai Veloster N in Forza Motorsport 7

Standard Veloster is available too

Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster N is the first high-performance vehicle that the Korean brand will bring to the U.S. But it won’t become available in American showrooms until the fourth quarter of 2018. However, you can already drive the beefed-up hatchback, alongside the Veloster Turbo model, in Forza Motorsport 7 starting January 16.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Veloster Proves Hyundai Deserves a Place in the Marvel Universe

Ant-Man and the Wasp Veloster Proves Hyundai Deserves a Place in the Marvel Universe

Hot-rod Veloster will be used on screen in "hot pursuits"

The Detroit Auto Show played host to a wide number of debuts and concept vehicles. One car, though, stood out, not only because of its appearance but because of its involvement in one of this year’s biggest blockbuster movies. The car is a 2019 Hyundai Veloster. It’s impossible to miss because it showed up in Detroit dressed in a shiny purple exterior with hot rod flame graphics all over it. More importantly, this particular Veloster will play a role in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits theaters in July this year.

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Hyundai Veloster Brings N Performance to U.S. for 2019!

Hyundai Veloster Brings N Performance to U.S. for 2019!

The new Veloster N is Hyundai’s stab at the hot-hatch segment

The Hyundai Veloster is completely new for 2019 and it’s more than just a hatchback with three doors and a lift gate. Hyundai is using the 2019 Veloster to debut the N Performance line in North America. Like any performance variant like BMW’s M division, Mercedes’ AMG, or Ford’s SVT, the N Performance name means more power, better handling, and a more aggressive overall package.

The 2019 Veloster N packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque from 1,450 to 4,700 rpm. A close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with rev matching comes standard. And like the Honda Civic Type R, the Veloster N is front-wheel drive and employs a limited-slip differential. Unlike the Type R’s mechanically operated differential, the Veloster N’s is electronically controlled for variable lock-up and torque vectoring.

Five drive modes (Normal, Sport, N, Eco, and N Custom) changes how the Veloster behaves. The modes alter the throttle response, rev-matching system, exhaust note, active differential tuning, suspension damping, steering weight, and yaw-control characteristics.

The Veloster N’s suspension is fully independent, with a MacPherson strut up front and a multi-link coil spring design in back. The dampers, as mentioned, are electronically controlled and vary the firmness of the N’s ride. The performance brakes include 13.6-inch rotors up front and 12.4-inch rotors in the back. That’s a 0.6-inch improvement over the size of the standard Veloster’s rotors.

Pricing has not been announced, but Hyundai says the 2019 Veloster N will begin production in South Korea in September and will arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2018. The available colors include Ultra Black, Chalk White, Racing Red, and that awesome N-exclusive Performance Blue.

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Hyundai Veloster Gets Much-Needed Redesign, but What's with the Lancer Evo Face?

Hyundai Veloster Gets Much-Needed Redesign, but What’s with the Lancer Evo Face?

1.6 Turbo engine carries over unchanged, unfortunately

Launched back in 2011, the Veloster quickly turned from a rather exotic-looking hatchback into the unfortunate, forgotten child of the Hyundai family. The coupe-style three-door gained very few updates during its first generation and there were plenty of rumors that Hyundai was thinking about giving it the axe. But the Koreans eventually decided to keep the nameplate alive brought the redesigned, second-generation model at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

Although far from revolutionary, the Veloster is a fresh take on the design, having borrowed the company’s recent styling language with sportier cues. The front fascia boasts the biggest changes, with more angular headlamps, a larger grille with honeycomb mesh, and an aggressive lower bumper. But while it’s definitely appealing to look at, it reminds me a bit too much of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. I know, they’re far from identical, but the narrow top grille, and angular headlamps that become slimmer toward the center and the way the hood meets with the nose makes me thing Mitsubishi when I look at it.

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Hyundai Keeps Teasing The New Veloster

Hyundai Keeps Teasing The New Veloster

All these previews better add up to something good...

First hitting North American shores back in 2011, the Veloster is Hyundai’s sporty little three-door hatchback, offering a nice combination of fun and practicality in a modestly affordable package. Now, there’s an updated model just over the horizon and Hyundai is teasing it big time, with the latest refresh shown in a brief 15-second clip composed of quick shots of the front and rear panned against a shadowy background.

Although brief, the video does seem to reveal that the 2019 model year won’t be a huge break from what we’ve seen before, with the updates mostly centered on bringing the Veloster’s aesthetics up to par with the rest of the automaker’s current lineup. There’s still a three-door body style, with one door for the driver and two for the passenger side, plus a low stance and bubbly profile. However, Hyundai does mention that the A-pillars were moved rearwards to give the car a longer look.

Draped over the body panels, we find a blazing orange paint job, although black was also added to the top portions of the car, suggesting a two-tone paint scheme above the window line. In front, the fascia gains a sharper headlight design, with lower daytime running light accents set in LEDs. The central intake uses a hexagonal shape, and there’s a lower splitter element acting as underspoiler for the chin. Smaller side intakes were added to the bumper corners, and while they don’t look functional, they still lend the thing a cool design element thanks to their upward-swinging wing pieces.

In the corners, the wheels use an aggressive turbine design, while higher up, there are decently flared fenders. There’s also a few character lines stretching up into the profile, while black offsets are used for the side skirts and side-view mirrors.

The rear end gets a chunky bumper design with a center-mounted dual-tip exhaust, while the hatch gets a roof spoiler. The rear bumper also comes with a diffuser element for added aero points. Finally, a new taillight design wraps up into the flanks.

In terms of the oily details, expect a front-mounted 1.6-liter engine, turbocharged to produce 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Once again, muscle is routed exclusively to the front axle.

Look for a full reveal of the 2019 model year Hyundai Veloster next week at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Teased Again: Video

2019 Hyundai Veloster Teased Again: Video

The countdown has started ahead of its February 20 debut

The arrival of the all-new Hyundai Veloster is fast approaching — Hyundai has scheduled February 20th as the debut date - and, as with most hyped car debuts, teaser videos usually pop up ahead of its official launch. To date, there have already been two teaser videos for the new Veloster, including this one that Hyundai released a few days before Christmas.

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All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Spotted in the Wild

All-New 2019 Hyundai Veloster Spotted in the Wild

Take a deep breath and see if you like how the new Veloster looks like

Six years after it was first introduced, the Hyundai Veloster is officially getting a second-generation model. We already know about this bit. We’ve even seen it rock colorful camouflage as recently as a month ago. But we haven’t seen the all-new Veloster in its natural form, free from any camo that hides its body. Until now…

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Concept By Gurnade

2016 Hyundai Veloster Concept By Gurnade

Low, wide, and dressed to impress

Lately, Hyundai hasn’t been holding anything back in its efforts to build up a little extra performance cred. Late last month at the Paris Motor Show, we got a look at the RN30, a race-ready hatchback based on the i30 that’s simply begging for a street-legal production model. With the Paris Motor Show now come and gone, the South Korean brand is shifting its focus to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA Show. Last week, we got our first taste of what Hyundai will be bringing to the desert with the absurdly awesome Santa Fast by Bisimoto, and now, it appears as though there’ll be a modded Veloster hatchback in attendance as well. This latest creation is simply called the Veloster Concept by Gurnade, and it’s got a slew of upgrades that are sure to please the SEMA crowd, including a slammed stance, custom exterior styling, and a few extra ponies under the hood.

In case you were unaware, Gurnade is an automotive design and concept rendering company based out of Austin, Texas. “Gurnade has always been drawn to the uniquely aggressive lines of the production Veloster. So when Hyundai approached us with the opportunity to develop one of their vehicles for SEMA, we didn’t hesitate to create the Gurnade Veloster Concept,” says Joshua Cloud, owner of Gurnade, Inc.

As you might expect, the Veloster Concept is primarily focused on show over go, but it’s still an interesting package for fans of the South Korean brand’s sporty little three-door. Read on for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Veloster Concept By Gurnade.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo

The limited-production model brings a number of interior and exterior enhancements to the Veloster

Hyundai wanted to make a special edition model of its sporty Veloster, and there was no better way than to start with the Veloster Series II SR Turbo +. The special edition appears to be void of any performance upgrades, but there are a number of enhancements that are exclusive to this model – a package that Hyundai claims is worth $3,000. There is a unique exterior paint, lots of painted inserts or body panel enhancements, and even a little interior work to set things off on the inside as well. Like other special edition models we’ve seen lately there isn’t anything wildly dramatic, but the SR Turbo + was already a pretty wild little hatchback with 201 horsepower anyway, so the Korean manufacturer already had a good starting foundation.

Being launched as a new model in 2011 for the 2012 model year, the Veloster has already been around for about five years and received its first mid-cycle update for the 2016 model year. With the update in 2016, we were a little disappointed to learn that, in typical Hyundai fashion, there were no power output increases for the car that just wants to dominate the hot hatch market. On the other hand, the car did receive a sporty, dual-clutch gearbox to go with its six-speed manual, so it did have that going for it.

With that said, this special edition model is based on the facelifted first-gen model, so it does feature the mild updates that came with the update. But, more important is the extras that come along with the special edition model. Let’s take a look and see what they are.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Review

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Review

Tuner-car looks for Hyundai’s funky hatchback

There’s a secret recipe to creating a successful sporty compact coupe. It’s all about striking just the right balance, between attitude, style, practicality, performance and economy. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo aims to hit that perfect balance, while still remaining affordable enough for the average entry-level buyer.

Of course, the bar for "entry-level" has been moved up in recent years, thanks to dramatic improvements in quality and materials for price-leading cars. The Veloster has risen with the tide as well; it’s rolling with a high-efficiency, high-output engine, excellent interior materials and even high-fashion matte paint jobs, in certain models. The Veloster Turbo Rally Edition adds a level of exclusivity to the scheme, with a production run of 1200, improved handling and high-visibility styling. That’s not a bad deal for just over $20,000.

Affordable, sporty compacts that aren’t just hot-hatched versions of existing economy cars are surprisingly thin on the ground; the Veloster and Scion tC are just about the only ones in this price bracket. With so little competition, does the Veloster Turbo have to work that hard?

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2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo By Blood Type Racing

2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo By Blood Type Racing

Since 2011, the Hyundai Veloster has been a regular fixture at the SEMA Auto Show, providing a base for some truly memorable custom builds. Remember the 2012 Veloster “Velocity” Concept? How about the 2013 Night Racer Concept by EGR Group? Oh, and let’s not forget about the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine by Galpin Auto Sports! This year, a variety of custom Velosters are once again ready to take center stage at SEMA. One example comes from Blood Type Racing.

In many ways, this particular Veloster fits the criteria of what a SEMA-bound vehicle should be. It comes with a dramatic exterior that highlights the car’s aggressive side. It also has a tuned version of the standard 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. Most importantly, it showcases what an aftermarket company can accomplish with the right vision.

Blood Type Racing’s Hyundai Veloster Turbo is one of several Hyundai vehicles slated to debut at the 2015 SEMA Auto Show, which kicks off November 3rd.

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2015 Hyundai Veloster RM15

2015 Hyundai Veloster RM15

The Veloster debuted in 2012 with a 138-horsepower engine that just didn’t quite match up with its sporty looks. In the following year, Hyundai made up for this with the 2013 Turbo model that made use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that delivered 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Even with the new Turbo model, the hatchback still left a lot to be desired, but a new mid-engine concept, dubbed the 2015 Veloster RM15, shows the full potential of the sporty Korean hatchback.

The name, Racing Midship, implies that Hyundai developed this concept as a racecar, but there is no other mention of this being a track-only car. Therefore, I believe that this concept will act as a gauge to see just how interested buyers would be in a mid-engine performance Veloster. I, for one, am intrigued by the concept, but I am not too sure how much of it would actually make it to the production line even if there is enough interest.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster

2016 Hyundai Veloster

Introduced in 2011 as a spiritual successor to the Tiburon coupe, the Veloster quickly made a name for itself as a budget compact coupe with hatchback practicality. But although it had distinctive styling and efficient engines, and came with lots of features for the money, it was criticized for its underpowered base engine, limited rear-seat access, and harsh ride. After four years on the market, the first-generation Veloster finally received its mid-cycle update. Set to arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year, the facelifted hatchback is far from being a significant improvement over the 2015 car.

In fact, the updates are rather disappointing for a vehicle that’s been around for four years. Sure, it’s not like Hyundai has set any benchmarks with its past facelifts, but remaining competitive in a segment that also includes the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus requires more than just a few nips and tucks. Keep reading to find out what’s new on the 2016 Veloster and how it stacks up against its most important rivals.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

To grab a piece of the hatchback market, Hyundai used its FS platform, which also underpins the Kia Forte and Pro cee’d, to launch the Veloster for the 2012 model year. In 2013, the Veloster Turbo arrived as an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Although it failed to impress against such stiff competition, the Turbo only received a mild facelift and a new, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

But while the standard Turbo and the R-Spec model carried over mostly unchanged as far as underpinnings go, Hyundai used the Veloster’s facelift to introduce an all-new trim level. Dubbed the Rally Edition, this hatch is essentially a Turbo R-Spec model fitted with a host of chassis and body upgrades, making it the sportiest member of the Veloster family as of 2016.

Don’t let the name fool you though, this hatch is far from being a rally car for the road, and it’s in no way related to the i30 WRC. However, it’s the company’s best attempt yet at creating a competitor for the Golf GTI, and for Hyundai, a step toward becoming a more important player in the segment.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

In 2012, Hyundai officially entered the hot-hatch segment in the U.S. with the release of the Veloster. Unfortunately, its performance was lackluster to say the least, but the release of the Turbo model in 2014 made up for some of that. The Turbo got a lighter, cheaper, and more track-tuned sibling in the form of the Turbo R-Spec. For the 2016 model year, the entire Veloster lineup receives a light refresh, including the R-Spec model.

This refresh is by no means one that I would call comprehensive, but it does give the R-Spec a little more character. What the public is really craving from the Veloster lineup is a sub-seven-second model that can compete with the likes of the Fiesta ST and Volkswagen GTI. But you can keep on dreaming though, as the 2016 Veloster R-Spec continues on with all the same greasy bits.

That said, does the Hyundai hot-hatch have a place in the market?

Click past the jump to read my full review and find out.
Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the R-Spec’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Launched in 2012 as Hyundai’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo has just received its mid-life facelift for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Veloster Turbo debuted in its home market in South Korea and it is just as I imagined it would be; with minor improvements inside and out and the exact same engine under the hood. If you were expecting the facelifted model to be a more potent competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it’s about time you put on your disappointed face, as the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the previous six-speed automatic to provide quicker shifts coupled with slightly better performance and fuel economy numbers. Visual enhancements are rather subdued compared with the previous model, which could mean Hyundai chose to focus on the next-generation Veloster rather than invest significantly into the current hatchback. But until the next Veloster goes out testing, let’s have a look at the car that’s supposed to keep this nameplate fresh for another three to four years.

Updated 02/13/2015: Hyundai unveiled the revised Veloster Turbo at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The model comes with lots of updates, a series of new features and a new special edition. Click past the jump to learn more about it.

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Hyundai Veloster Could be Discontinued Before the Second-Generation Model Arrives

Hyundai Veloster Could be Discontinued Before the Second-Generation Model Arrives

Is it possible that the Hyundai Veloster’s run ends after only three years of production? Hyundai has made no indication on an answer to that question, but according to GoAuto, there has been a lot of internal debate on whether the Veloster lives to fight another generation or concludes a short-lived run after the facelifted model arrives in 2015 or 2016.

It’s a surprising development for a car whose sales numbers haven’t exactly caught fire. But the Veloster has developed a unique following among fans of the sports hatch, many of whom have come to love the vehicle and treated it as an outlier model of a company known for its high-volume models.

A Hyundai executive told GoAuto that no decision has been made as of yet and there are still enough influential voices on both sides to warrant more time to debate the Veloster’s fate.

For now, a facelifted model is in the pipeline with Hyundai planning to adapt its current design language on the sports hatchback. If sales pick up on this model, then that could help Hyundai keep the Veloster around. But the fact that discussions are taking place on the sports hatch’s fate is a little disconcerting, especially for those like us who have grown quite fondly of Hyundai’s little pocket rocket.

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Join us for our first-ever LIVE TopSpeed Podcast!

Join us for our first-ever LIVE TopSpeed Podcast!

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Ladies and Gentleman, you are invited to join us for a special early-week TopSpeed Podcast. The best part? It is totally live. Feel free to click the play button on the YouTube video to hang out with us; you can even chat and comment live to give us feedback and ask us questions.

I know the show is a few days early, but I have a special announcement to make. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves lots of horsepower and an epic road trip. You have to watch to see what the announcement is.

Beyond the special announcement, we are going to talk about Justin’s drive of the new 4-Series, the new McLaren P13 GT and the future of solar powered roads.

Mark is also going to regale us with tales of his time with the Chrysler Town & Country, and then we plan on discussing the changed coming to the 2015 Nissan Frontier and then we plan on covering the crazy Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept.

We may have another piece of news or two, and of course we will have viewer questions, and a round of Own, Drive, Burn.

Click that play button and hang out!

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept

2014 Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept

Hyundai might not be among the automakers you should consider when buying a high-performance vehicle, but the South Korean brand is known for rigs like the i20 WRC. Based on the i20 supermini built in countries like Turkey or India, the WRC is the first high-performance car created by the new "N" sub-brand.

The 300 horsepower squeezed out of the 1.6-liter engine proves Hyundai is enjoying great progress and likely previews a bunch of cool, road-going cars that are scheduled to arrive over the next few years. If you think the i20 WRC is an awesome machine, then you will be delighted to find that Hyundai built yet another semi-exotic vehicle.

It goes by the name Veloster Midship, and surfaced at the 2014 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. Unlike the regular Veloster, this model has its powerplant mounted where the rear seats should be. What’s more, Hyundai ditched the 1.6-liter four-pot found in the production car for a larger, 2.0-liter Theta GDI unit. If you’re not familiar with it, the 2.0 GDI motivates the Kia Forte, Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Santa Fe.

But make no mistake, the Midship’s plant is anything but regular. The Koreans did some tweaking and forced it to generate 295 horsepower. Pair that amount of oomph with a lightweight, aluminum suspension and a more rigid chassis, and you’re looking at some sort of super-hatchback.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster Midship Concept.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Takes its First Test on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Takes its First Test on the Nurburgring

Introduced in 2012, the Veloster Turbo isn’t the nimble hatchback Hyundai was hoping for. At least not against more popular choices like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST.

That being said, we’re not at all surprised that the Koreans are revamping the compact for the 2015 model year. Spotted during testing for the second time the past week — this time at the Nurburgring track — the Veloster Turbo will adopt some of the styling cues seen on the recently unveiled 2015 Genesis, which our Mark McNabb took for a drive last month.

The visual updates will consists of an enhanced front grille, reshaped bumpers, and revised headlamps and taillights. It will also include a set of fancier, bi-color wheels for some added style. We’ve already seen the latter in the first batch of spy shots, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to gain access to the full pictures.

The cabin is another area that won’t remain untouched, with an updated Supervision Cluster to replace the current unit. The overall configuration of the interior isn’t likely to change much, but expect more soft-touch surfaces and options to appear.

Things shouldn’t change much under the hood, where the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine will continue to deliver 201 turbocharged horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition

2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition

The Hyundai Veloster continues to grow up right before our eyes. First was the Turbo model, then came the R-Spec, and now Hyundai has introduced the RE:FLEX Edition, which it is limiting to only 3,000 units. Sure, it does not have the performance credentials of the other two variants, but it does add all sorts of goodies to the up-and-coming hatchback.

The RE:FLEX Edition starts off by adding in projector headlights with LED accents, LED taillights, a set of 18-inch alloys with a PVD chrome finish, chrome hood accents and door handles, some red and black "RE:FLEX Edition" badges, and a set of fog lights. The mods are not overwhelming by any means on this new special edition, but they are just enough to really make it pop, particularly the rims and door handles.

Buyers can choose from five colors, one of which is exclusive to the RE:FLEX model. These colors include Ice Pearl (exclusive to the RE:MIX), Century White, Vitamin C, Ultra Black and Boston Red. I am not a huge fan of white cars, but that Ice Pearl is pretty sharp.

Don’t go thinking the mods stop there. Nope, Hyundai then moved its focus to the cabin where it added in the Style Package, which includes piano-black accents, thumping 450-watt audio system with eight speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, alloy pedals and auto-up driver-side window. Also included are RE:FLEX Edition floor mats. Yeah, there’s nothing exclusive inside the cabin, but these extra goodies help make buying the whole package an easier pill to swallow.

Under its hood, the Veloster RE:FLEX gets the typical 1.6-liter, four-cylinder that produces just 138 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, Hyundai did add one cool feature to the drivetrain, and that’s the six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Despite the addition of the EcoShift DCT, the Veloster RE:MIX is still god-awful slow with an estimated 0-to-60 time in excess of 10 seconds. I think it’s about time to scrap the 1.6-liter engine in favor of the 2.0-liter from the 2014 Elantra Sport.

Updated 06/02/2014: Hyundai today announced prices for the Veloster RE:FLEX Edition which is now available at dealers. Prices will start from $21,650, excluding $810 freight, and includes all of the Veloster DCT Style Package equipment excluding the panoramic roof.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai launched the Veloster on the North American market and since then, the model continued nearly unchanged. The only changes included the launch of a Turbo version and a Turbo R-Spec model.

The Veloster will again carry over as it enters the 2014 model year, as the model returns practically unchanged. The only mods for 2014 include a standard rearview camera, standard driver’s blind-spot monitor and standard daytime running lights.

Just like in the past, the Veloster combines an incredibly sporty look with well-placed performance capabilities in one of the most affordable sports coupes out there. What’s even cooler about the Veloster is that when looked from one side, it looks like any other coupe, but the other side features a third door that makes rear access easier.

For the 2014 model year, Veloster is priced from $17,800.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai has announced a set of upgrades for the 2014 Hyundai Veloster. Overall, the Veloster retains its shape with that gaping front grille and the oddball rear profile, but the big news is the addition of a Veloster Turbo R-Spec for next year.

This announcement was made during the on-going 2013 LA Auto Show. Hyundai claims, the "convention-shattering" Veloster adds convenience, performance and safety, making it more desirable than before. Well, its unconventional hatchback design never really struck a chord with our visual senses, but that’s just our opinion.

Since the Veloster Turbo’s release, we’ve wondered if Hyundai would take advantage of the fast-growing hot-hatchback market in the U.S. and reveal a hotter variant. With the new R-Spec model, Hyundai did just that and then some, but the Korean automaker did not reveal all of its specs just yet.

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Video: Hyundai Previews Four of its SEMA-Bound Concepts

Video: Hyundai Previews Four of its SEMA-Bound Concepts

So far, Hyundai will come to the 2013 SEMA Show with five vehicles (that we know of): Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing, Night Racer Concept by EGR Group, Genesis Coupe by Bisimoto Engineering, Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue and Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance. Until we get to actually see them in the flesh next week, Hyundai decided to release a teaser video that previews four of them, including a few Genesis and Veloster models.

The four cars were developed by four auto enthusiasts: Bisi Ezerioha, Lerry Liu, John Pangilinan, Brendan McGrath whom are now explaining the idea that lead them to designing their cars.

Check out the video to see how the four concepts came together and how the tuners improved the performance figures of each one. Make sure you’re online next week to learn full detain on each one.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing

Hyundai continues to unwrap its lineup for the 2013 SEMA show with a new Veloster Turbo concept car, and this time it is developed by the folks at Fox Marketing. This is the second Veloster prepared for Las Vegas, alongside to the Night Racer Concept by EGR Group.

The new Veloster Turbo was updated with a new 845 Motorsports turbo upgrade, BorgWarner EFR turbo, front-mounted intercooler, AEM water/methanol injection system and an ECU tune from SeoulfulRacing. Additionally, it runs on VP Racing 101-octane performance fuel. As a result, the standard 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine jumps to an awesome 370 horsepower.

The extra power required some changes to the chassis and the suspension, so Fox Marketing added for a UNIQ Performance strut brace, ImportShark chassis bracing and fully-adjustable ARK Performance coil-over suspension.

Updated 11/06/2013: Fox Marketing officially unveiled its new Veloster Turbo at the 2013 SEMA Show, as you can now see it in a bunch of new images from Las Vegas.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Night Racer Concept by EGR Group

2013 Hyundai Veloster Night Racer Concept by EGR Group

The Genesis Coupe is not the only model that caught tuner’s attention for this year’s SEMA Show, the Veloster seems to have done the same thing. While the Genesis Coupe developed by Bisimoto Engineering is by far the coolest concept Hyundai brought to Las Vegas, this Veloster developed in cooperation with EGR Group also worth our attention.

As its name suggests, the Veloster Night Racer was specially developed for the night racing circuits. But for this, the car’s standard 201 horsepower were not enough. So, Bisimoto Engineering checked in to tune the Hyundai Veloster’s 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and MagnaFlow added in an exhaust system. This helped push the final output to 250 horsepower - a number much worthy of the car’s sporty name. Helping drag this hatchback to a stop are oversized Brembo brakes.

Updated 11/06/2013: The new Hyundai Veloster Night Racer Concept by EGR Group was unveiled today at the 2013 SEMA Show, so we have updated this review with a new set of images. Enjoy!

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2013 Hyundai Veloster

2013 Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster represents the Korean automaker’s move to become a more diverse brand. Known for building a whole lineup of impressive models, ranging from entry-level cars to mid-size vehicle, all the to SUVs and luxury cars, Hyundai had a whole lot of markets covered.

The sports hatch market, though, wasn’t in the company’s radar until it released the Veloster.

And when the Veloster did arrive, it ushered in a new era of affordable Hyundais with incredibly sporty looks and well-placed performance capabilities to back it up. It’s numbers aren’t as high as a lot of people would’ve liked, but overall, the Veloster offered customers a cool and new way to enjoy a car with sports car looks that won’t empty their wallets in the process.

Hyundai answered those performance questions with the release of the Veloster Turbo, but the standard Veloster still has some appeal to it, even if it seemed like the top-line trim rendered everything below it redundant.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine by Galpin Auto Sports

With the supposed dawn of the zombie apocalypse upon us, the world is conjuring up ways on how to survive the human race’s impending doom.

Last year, Hyundai took the task of introducing a specially built 2012 Elantra that it described as the ultimate "Zombie Survival Machine" that could, theoretically, at least, save some lives.

This year, Hyundai and Galpin Auto Sports are presenting another vehicle that promises the same thing. It won’t be an Elantra this time; it’s going to be a Hyundai Veloster, or as the automaker prefers calling it, the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine.

The car is born from the same collaboration of Future US and The Walking Dead that gave us the Elantra Zombie Survival Machine and as the San Diego Comic Con opened its doors yesterday, the Veloster Zombie Survival Machine was there to greet everyone primed and ready for action.

In addition to the car itself, the project will also come with a new iPhone app called The Walking Dead Chop Shop that allows users the ability to design their own Veloster Zombie Survival Machine.

Anybody who submits a design will have a chance to have their creations built and unveiled at the 2013 New York Comic-Con.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept

2013 Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top Concept

Designed with urban Californians in mind, the Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top concept was unveiled during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, today. SoCal is certainly a fitting place to unveil the C3, given its residents can make great use of its key feature.

For those who don’t know what the Hyundai Veloster is, it’s basically a stretched hatchback that borrows inspiration from some of the sleekest coupes on the market. The car mainly targets younger buyers looking for a 3-door car with a 2-door look and a design that sets itself apart from the rest. It’s for people who would want the power and urban feel of a Mini Cooper S but in a less costly, Korean-built package.

The Veloster C3 aims to combine open-air freedom with the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback. Hyundai claims that it rolls the best of both worlds into one amazing package. Let’s find out how “amazing” this package is.

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Video: Hyundai Veloster Races As A Lego In Asphalt 7 Promo

Video: Hyundai Veloster Races As A Lego In Asphalt 7 Promo

The Hyundai Veloster is a fun little car that possesses enough power without having to be a pocket burner. There’s a certain level of charisma attached to this sports hatch that few in its segment can replicate.

That’s why the Veloster can appear in a promo video like this without looking out of place. The video is actually a promo for the latest version of "Asphalt 7: Heat" — the iPhone and iPad driving game — and a competition that Hyundai is running in conjunction with the game’s developers, hence the Veloster Turbo’s starring role.

The winners of the competition will get a pretty fancy reward: an all-expenses paid trip to Hyundai’s headquarters in South Korea on top of another trip to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Hop on over to Hyundai’s website to find out more about the competition. Remember, though, it ends this Sunday, November 25, so it’s best to be act quickly on it.

In the meantime, check out the promo video. It makes for an entertaining watch seeing the Veloster Turbo race in the Asphalt 7 world. As a Lego, no less.

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2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

Oddly named as it is, the Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster looks pretty darn awesome. The product of the company’s own Hyundai Product Quality Engineering, this Veloster Turbo concept proves that these fellas know a lot more than just "ensuring vehicle quality and customer satisfaction prior to vehicle launch and tracking the results after."

What they wanted to do with this SEMA concept was to build an honest track vehicle that could be driven to and from the track. The first thing they worked on was to make sure that the car looked the part of a track-ready racer. That involved dressing up the car in a custom Sprint Gray and Orange Rally-inspired paint scheme. From there, they customized the front fascia to include a fabricated mesh grille and four rally-inspired fog lights. Meanwhile, the rear fascia was also taken care of to include backup lights that have been integrated into the exhaust finishers. Rounding out the exterior upgrades is a carbon-wrapped sunroof and the new set of 18" custom painted Work Emotion 11R Wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with Blox Racing Street Series forged aluminum lug nuts.

Inside, the Veloster’s interior was fully customized by Katzkin to include an integrated rear strut brace and tire rack, a carbon fiber sunshade, interior LED lighting under the dash and over the rear cargo area, and color-matched floor jack, jack stands, and tire iron. Meanwhile, audio and electronics were taken cared of courtesy of a custom-mounted Nexis 7 tablet and Palmer Performance dash command gauges.

As far as performance goes, this Veloster Turbo Concept received plenty of upgrades, highlighted by an AEM water/methanol injection kit, a custom cold air intake, and a Perma-Cool auxiliary oil cooler. Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs, a custom steering calibration, and Sachs tuned struts and shocks were also added for stability purposes. Finally, Hawk HPS racing pads, Goodridge stainless brake lines, front camber bolts and rear CTBA spacers, an H-Fit.com custom short shift Adapter and hard mounts, and a custom cold air intake with a K&N air filter round out the pretty extensive modifications done on the Veloster Turbo’s performance credentials.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster JP Edition

2013 Hyundai Veloster JP Edition

Hyundai has certainly tossed plenty of examples into the ring at the 2012 SEMA show and it has just unveiled another concept car. This new custom car sits on the base of a 2013 Hyundai Veloster, but Hyundai brought in famed car tuner, John Pangilinan, to help tweak it just a little bit.

The majority of the work done to this Veloster was to the body, interior, and sound system, which is pretty standard for SEMA. However, this is not to say that John P. and Hyundai just left the Veloster bone stock in the performance realm. This compact 4-door hatchback (three man doors and one hatch) received just enough engine modification to make it stand out and a tiny bit of suspension work to sure of the often-complained-about handling of the otherwise sporty Veloster.

At SEMA, the Veloster is up against the best of the best, however, so let’s have a look to see how Hyundai did with this project.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition

2013 Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition

Hyundai and RE:MIX Lab have a long history of collaborations, including a number of offerings at the SEMA Auto Show. This year, the two companies are back at it again to introduce a special edition RE:MIX production Veloster that’s actually set to go on sale before the year ends.

While not as bombastic as some of their previous tie-ups, the special edition production Veloster does feature a number of modifications, including an aggressive sporty exterior appearance with a unique body kit, projector headlights with LED accents, rear LED taillights, fog lights, and a new set of 18" Unique gunmetal-finish alloy wheels.

Inside, the Veloster RE:MIX Edition carries a premium 450W Dimension audio system with 8 speakers and 8" subwoofers. Obviously, that’s part of the program considering that RE:MIX Lab is known for their celebration in the creativity of music. Other enhancements include a leather steering wheel and shift knob, an interior LED light kit, unique floor mats, and badges.

No engine upgrades were given to the Veloster RE:MIX Edition, which means that anybody interested in the car will have to "make do" with the Veloster’s 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter GDI DOHC 16-valve transverse-mounted inline 4-cylinder engine.

The revamped Veloster models are scheduled to hit Hyundai dealerships before winter and have been priced at $19,900 for the manual transmission model and $21,150 for the DCT model.

UPDATE 02/22/13: The Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition has finally hit dealerships! Be sure to get your hands on one if you’re interested in the car!

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2013 Hyundai Veloster "Alpine" Concept by ARK Performance

2013 Hyundai Veloster "Alpine" Concept by ARK Performance

In a not-so-surprising way, the Hyundai Veloster and its Turbo variant have both had a strong contingent at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

The Korean automaker’s sporty hatchback has become an aftermarket favorite since it was released and one performance parts manufacturer in particular, has set its sights on the Veloster for the second year in a row.

This year, ARK Performance came out to SEMA with a new take on the Veloster, called the "Alpine" Concept. It’s so named because ARK claims the car is catered for snow sports enthusiasts, in large part because of the focus to turn the Veloster into a winter-ready sports car.

The name itself says it all, but if there’s still any skepticism as to how this Veloster can be prepped as a snow-ready sports hatch, the addition of a Yakima Snowboard Rack and custom wind guard, OME SDS snowboard, bindings and boots, Reverb Rockers Snowboards, Gold Snowboards, Rally Armor mud flaps, Folsom boots, Memphis boots, Targa G3 bindings, and Strut G1 bindings are a pretty good indication. Finally, the car also received a new set of 18" Rays Gramlight 57Xtreme wheels painted in silver and wrapped in Nitto INVO 255/35/18 tires.

Meanwhile, the interior, with its JPM Coachworks “Alpine Edition” interior includes materials like leather, Alcantara, and WeatherTek breathable fabric also gives credence to the Alpine Concept name. Custom seats, a new steering wheel, a new instrument panel, an armrest, headliner, visors, and an NRG short hub and quick release were also added.

Most importantly, though, is the performance upgrade. ARK Performance installed a Nitrous Express Proton Kit to go with its very own ARK Veloster Turbo exhaust system, giving the Veloster Alpine a stout output of 232 horsepower and 240 lb/ft of torque, a significant increase from the production model’s 201-horsepower and 195 lb/ft of torque output.

UPDATE 10/31/2012: The new Hyundai Veloster "Alpine" Concept by ARK Performance made its official debut at the SEMA Show. Check out the new set of images in the picture gallery.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Street Concept

2013 Hyundai Veloster Street Concept

Last we checked, the SEMA Auto Show was in Las Vegas, right?

Apparently, a few cars slipped through the cracks and found themselves in other auto shows. Take this Hyundai Veloster Turbo for example.

Called the Veloster Street Concept, the car made its debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Not exactly the first place you’d think of to see a debut like this. Having said that, the SEMA-like custom tuned car comes by way of Hyundai and local tuning company Concord Customs and to their credit, they modified the hilt out of this sports hatchback.

The first order of business was to dress up the body, and Hyundai and Concord Customs gave it a matte grey body finish to go with orange accents on the front spoiler, the side skirts, and rear diffuser. To give the car a little bit of added shine, the car also received a new set of 18" Tenso R V1 wheels wrapped in 215/40/18 tires. Other touches on the exterior include illuminated splitters on the front, side, and rear. There’s also a matte black roof spoiler and turbo-back twin exhausts to finish off the exterior mods.

Inside, the concept received the same color-matched details to go with new leather finishes all throughout the cabin. LED lighting is also prominently visible, as is a ridiculous high-end audio system with some serious digs in the form of fully integrated custom subwoofers and amplifiers providing an insane 8,650 watts of sound.

Beyond the cosmetics, the Veloster was also given a custom aluminum front-mounted intercooler, a Monza dual-port blow off valve, a sports air filter, and a new exhaust. There’s sure to be an improved output in there although Hyundai kept that number under wraps - for now.

Talking about the concept, Hyundai Australia Marketing Director Oliver Mann said: "Street Concept is an excellent example of the versatility of the brand and the potential for Hyundai to reach a broader audience."

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2013 Hyundai Veloster "KX 1 Concept" by Katzkin

2013 Hyundai Veloster "KX 1 Concept" by Katzkin

Katzkin - the global leader in vehicle interior transformation - will be celebrating its 30th anniversary by unveiling a series of 100 vehicles with updated interiors. One of them will be based on the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo which will include both exterior and interior updates.

The new Veloster "KX 1 Concept" will feature two Katzkin leather front seats, and an updated dashboard and center console. The interior also looks highly modified with a very cool paint scheme that coincides with the grey exterior paint finish and orange racing stripes.

Katzkin will also be unveiling the company’s latest VIS 2.0 (Vehicle Interior Selector) configurator that allows customers to design the interior of their vehicles in whichever way they desire. This new program will allow customers to better select premium, custom, and limited edition interior designs. The VIS 2.0 system will be integrated into the dashboard for guests to experience the new and easier navigational “How to Buy” features.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Race Concept

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Race Concept

Hyundai Australia is making a serious statement at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. Not content with just one concept showing, the Australian-based arm of the Korean automaker is presenting another one in the form of the Veloster Race Concept.

The car, which was developed in the country, is the company’s take on a new race car that was designed and engineered to meet FIA and CAMS tarmac rally competition regulations. Short of saying, this baby is ready for some racing.

The Veloster Race Concept is based on a Veloster Turbo and has been stripped down and rebuilt to become a full fledged rally car. Among the more notable modifications done to the car are a number of rally-spec components, including the installation of Kevlar high-performance fuel lines, a new DMS four-way adjustable suspension, competition brake pads from Project Mu, Super Pro brushes, and a new set of 18" Team Dynamics race wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tires.

Inside, you’ll find no traces of a production Veloster Turbo. In place of all those goodies, Hyundai Australia opted for a carbon fiber-clad interior that comes with Recaro carbon seats and multi-point three-inch seat belts, a Sparco race steering wheel, an anti-glare dashboard, and most importantly, a CAMS-FIA-compliant roll cage.

Under the hood, the Veloster Race Concept carries a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

All told, Hyundai is prepping the Veloster Race Concept as a car that’s ready to plow its trade in a number of racing series, including the Australian Production GT and the Australian Rally Championship.

Sounds like its ready to roll to us, too.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster "Velocity" Concept

2013 Hyundai Veloster "Velocity" Concept

There’s something about the SEMA Auto Show that makes automakers put on their cool hats and work on existing models with an added touch of flair. In the case of Hyundai, they’re definitely doing some serious leg work this year.

We already saw a preview of their Cosworth-tuned Hyundai Genesis. Now, they’re presenting a program for their resident sports hatch, the Hyundai Veloster.

Called the Velocity Concept, the car was born as a project between Hyundai’s design and engineering arms from its Technical Center in Irvine, California and the fine folks from Cosworth, who also took the time to fit the Veloster with its 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Cosworth also added stouter rods and pistons, improved the cooling system and the engine’s air flow, and most importantly, upgraded the turbo, betting an improved output of 400 horsepower and 350 lb/ft of torque.

As for the body kit, Hyundai took the liberty to add a #1 Racing motif exterior to go with a Velocity HATCI Design body kit that includes front and rear braking airflow ducts, a lift-reducing rear diffuser, an integrated front splitter, an aero side skirt lip, an oversized rear wing spoiler, and a new set of 19" HRE P40 lightweight satin-charcoal wheels.

Inside, the racing changes are also pretty evident, particularly the addition of new Sparco seat belts, a roll bar, a Race-Keeper Video GPS data acquisition system, and custom Katzkin suede interior with custom Raven and scarlet themed suede with red stitching.

Chris Chapman, Hyundai’s head of design at the Irvine design center, describes the Velocity Concept as a testament to the company design center’s unique ability to build custom-tuned racers. "In creating Velocity, we were inspired to take the Veloster’s original concept strengths to their fullest expression," he said. "[The] Velocity gave our design and engineering team’s license to take Veloster far beyond everyday production car limitations."

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo "Music 2.0" by Re:Mix Lab

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo "Music 2.0" by Re:Mix Lab

Some people just love loud stereos in their car. It doesn’t matter if they’ve already got a doozy of an audio system installed, they still prefer something that could be described as vertigo inducing.

Korean automaker and party group Re:Mix Lab have the answer for those people’s needs. Even better, it’s coming to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

In what has become somewhat of a yearly collaboration, the two companies have built a sick program for the Hyundai Veloster Turbo that comes packed with an audio system that could make your ears bleed.

Called the Veloster "Music 2.0," aptly named as the successor of the 2011 Veloster program, this customized Hyundai sports hatch is arguably more audacious than what we saw in 2011. The flashy chrome finish is eye-catching in its own right, but once you add the new LED headlight set-up, the new set of wheels, and the lowered suspension into the mix, well, it’s a recipe that only Hyundai and Re:Mix Lab can cook up.

The true star of this program, albeit one that only a specific group of people will undoubtedly enjoy, is the motorized DJ station at the back and the addition of about as many speakers as your ears could possibly handle.

Re:Mix Lab says that the audio set-up on the Veloster Music 2.0 can be heard for blocks.

After seeing what they did, we’re not ones to disagree.

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2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE

2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo SE

Hyundai UK has announced that the new Veloster Turbo SE will be available on the market starting September 24th at a starting price of £21,995 ($34,800). The model will be offered in a standard White Crysta exterior paint, but an optional Phantom Black (Pearl) and a Matte Grey finish can be ordered for £445 ($704 at the current rates) and £525 ($830 at the current rates), respectively. A tilt and slide Panoramic sunroof is also available for £950 ($1,500).

The new Veloster Turbo SE will be offered with a 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 184 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 133 mph.

On the front end, the Veloster gets a new front bumper, radiator grille, and front fog lights, while the rear adds a revised bumper, a new fog lamp design, round twin exhausts, and diffuser. The car sits on a new set of standard 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Hyundai is offering redesigned leather seats with grey panels, Hyundai’s 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, and, of course, "Turbo" logos embossed on the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai’s sporty little coupe - the Veloster - was an ace in the hole in terms of design, but its power left much to be desired, so the South Korean manufacturer took it a step further by offering the new Veloster Turbo. The new Turbo comes with a 201 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged-gasoline direct injection engine, but this may only be a starting point for future power boosts.

According to MotorAuthority, a Hyundai insider revealed that the company is considering an even more powerful Veloster. This future model will feature a stiffer chassis and a revised suspension with mechanically adjustable dampers, components that many thought would have been added to the Veloster Turbo. The insider let it be known that the lack of changes to the chassis and suspension for the Turbo model were a part of a grand scheme to offer up a more powerful Veloster variant. If produced, this hotter Veloster will more than likely end up with an updated version of the current 1.6-liter turbo.

There is not an official name for the future Veloster as of right now, but taking inspiration from its bigger brother - the Hyundai Coupe - it is believed that the new model will be named the Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec.

Expect to see the Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec launched sometime in the next few months.

Note: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo pictured.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and it warmed our hearts in terms of looks, but its 138 HP leaking out of the Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine chilled us to the bone. Shouldn’t a "sports car" have a little more push that that? Hyundai’s answer to that question came to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show when they unveiled the new Veloster Turbo - a model powered by a new 1.6-liter turbocharged-gasoline direct injection engine that delivers a total of 201 HP.

Next to a more powerful engine, the new Veloster Turbo will be distinguished by a bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, sculpted side skirts, and new dynamic rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents. The car sits on a new set of 18" gray wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Hyundai has added full leather seats with the word "Turbo" stitched into the seatbacks and an exclusive Supervision Cluster that offers the driver information in a larger, clearer, and more interactive format.

UPDATE 06/04/2012: Despite previous rumors, the Veloster Turbo won’t be priced under $20k. Hyundai has announced today prices for the new Veloster Turbo: $21,950 for the Veloster Turbo equipped with a 6-Speed Manual Transmission and $22,950 for the 6-Speed Automatic version.

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2012 Hyundai Veloster "Motorcity" Rally Car

2012 Hyundai Veloster "Motorcity" Rally Car

Rhys Millen Racing will be entering a new season of the Global RallyCross Championship with a new partner in tow. Oh, and they’re also bringing along the Hyundai Veloster with them to build on last year’s fourth place finish.

RMR is building on a new partnership with Disney for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship and they’re set to compete this season with a unique Veloster Rally Car that comes with a specially wrapped livery featuring Disney’s new racing-themed TV series, Motorcity.

Just in case you don’t know, Disney scored huge on the Cars franchise and they’re branching out with a spin-off TV series. So what better way to promote a racing themed TV series than to have it promoted on an actual race car. That’s exactly what RMR and Disney were looking for when they tied up to plaster the Veloster rally car with the Motorcity livery.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the number 12 Veloster will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 500 horsepower and is mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission. In addition, the car will also carry a new custom suspension and a new set of 18" HRE wheels wrapped in 245/40-18 Hankook Racing tires. Stopping power comes from 14" Alcon brake rotors and six piston Alcon calipers.

The Motorcity-wrapped RMR Veloster Rally Car will be driven by Stephan Verdier, who is personally looking to improve on last year’s fourth place finish. Despite having one of the coolest cars on the grid, Verdier will have his hands full this season competing against some pretty staunch rally heavyweights, including Tanner Foust, Ken Block, and Travis Pastrana.

At the very least, though, he’s going to have an entire demographic of kids rooting him on.

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Super Bowl Ad: Hyundai Veloster Turbo can outrun a cheetah

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With all due respect to Audi’s "Vampires" commercial for the S7, the early favorite for funniest auto Super Bowl commercial now belongs to Hyundai and their new ad for the Veloster Turbo.

Titled "Cheetah," the ad features the Veloster Turbo preparing to race a cheetah, considered the fastest animal in the world with a 0-60 mph time of just three seconds. But, apparently there are still some cars that the cheetah can’t outrun and in this particular commercial, it’s the 201-horsepower Veloster Turbo.

As soon as the cheetah realizes that outrunning the Veloster Turbo wasn’t an option, it turns its attention towards its handler. Apparently, the nimble feline wasn’t too enthralled with its handler’s attempt to have it race against the high-powered Hyundai sports hatch.

So as a way of "paying back" the handler’s lack of foresight, the jungle cat decided to chase the dude and jump on him, doing so amidst all the girlish shrieks coming from the petrified handler.

Check out the commercial and prepare to laugh out loud. Repeatedly.

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Video: Hyundai Veloster Rally Car knows how to play golf

Video: Hyundai Veloster Rally Car knows how to play golf

We all know that Rhys Millen is adept in the art of rally car racing. What we didn’t know was that he has one hell of a golf swing too.

Well, not really. He did get some help from his trusty Hyundai Veloster Rally Car.

This video, which was shot at the Purangi Golf & Country Club in New Zealand, will show you just how a rally car can be of great help to a golfer’s game. Not only can it take the place - and be a whole lot cooler - than a golf cart, but anytime you need any help in sinking a hole-in-one, the Veloster can do the job for you.

Needless to say, you’d be hard-pressed to find a golf course in the world that will allow a Veloster anywhere near the playing grounds, but if it did happen, you can at least know what to do with it, right?

Check out the video and be treated to some bonus outtakes after the fact.

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2011 Hyundai Veloster Rally Car

2011 Hyundai Veloster Rally Car

January’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show brought with it the production version of the long rumored Veloster, but Hyundai is using the Chicago Auto Show to display a rally version of the car.

The Veloster Rally Car is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission. Making giant leaps across the rally road will be made easy with the engine’s 500hp and all of that power comes with an estimated 40mpg.

This particular version of the Veloster will make its rally debut at the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship Series. In fact, three Velosters will be racing during the Rallycross; one will be driven by Rhys Millen, the second will be piloted by rally champion Marcus Dodd and world record freestyle motorbike rider Robbie Maddison, and the third will be driven by to-be-announced celebrity drivers.

Update 02/07/2011: Hyundai has revealed the Rally version of the Veloster coupe today at the Chicago Auto Show.

UPDATE 01/25/2012: Hyundai has unveiled a new commercial for the Veloster Rally Car that shows Join Rhys Millen and crew as they play around with the Veloster Rally Car on the golf course. Enjoy!

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Video: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo debuts in Forza Motorsport 4

Video: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo debuts in Forza Motorsport 4

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo made its official debut at the start of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and now it has officially made its racing debut in the Forza Motorsport 4 game. Current owners of the game can already download the Hyundai Veloster Bonus Pack on Xbox Live. And then, thanks to the revolutionary new Autovista experience, you can explore the 201-HP Veloster Turbo in-depth, taking full advantage of the turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 201 HP at 6000 RPM and a peak torque of 195 lb–ft delivered between 1750 to 4500 rpm.

Thanks to this new package offered for the Forza Motorsport 4, gamers will not only be able to experience the thrill of racing the Veloster Turbo, but they can also put themselves inside Rhys Millen’s 500-HP Veloster Rally Car.

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Playboy's Cars of the Year 2012

Playboy’s Cars of the Year 2012

We don’t usually associate Playboy with cars, unless scantily clad women were somehow involved, but the American men’s magazine has just unveiled the top 11 hottest models people should buy in 2012. Now guys can really say they are picking up Playboy’s latest issue for the articles!

The top spot for this honorable list goes to none other than the fastest production Jaguar ever built - the XKR-S! But next to this remarkable sports car is the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the Fiat 500, the Range Rover Evoque, the Lexus CT 200h, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the Bentley Continental GTC, the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the Audi A7, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, and the Hyundai Veloster.

There are certainly many fabulous vehicles to choose from on this list - and some not so fabulous vehicles - so do you agree with the top spot? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2011 Hyundai Veloster by PM Lifestyle

2011 Hyundai Veloster by PM Lifestyle

With the 2011 SEMA Auto Show fast approaching, one automaker has taken the lead-up to introduce some of the models they’ll have in attendance at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto exhibition.

You can always count on Hyundai to make a splash at SEMA and this year appears to be no different. After a teaser of anArk Performance-tuned Veloster a few weeks ago, another Veloster has been given its own rendering round-up leading up to the grand unveiling in two weeks time.

This time around, the car comes courtesy of PM Lifestyle and true to their name, this Veloster looks to have a lifestyle all its own. Nevermind the fact that the car will carry a mechanical overhaul that includes NOS, launch control, and a high-flow racing catalytic converter - estimated output is around 163 horsepower - this Veloster comes with some exterior and interior modifications that will definitely thump your senses.

On the outside, the Veloster will come with GReddy carbon fiber hood dampers, LED door mirrors from the Genesis, a Sequence-X body kit, a complete LED light conversion and plenty of carbon fiber from Seibon. But inside the car is where it gets a little more, shall we say, curious.

Whether they’re attempting to turn this car into an eye-catcher or not, PM Lifestyle dressed up the Veloster in a rather unorthodox fashion. It’s cool enough that the car has a sick audio system and a Panasonic Toughbook inside it, but what really takes the proverbial is the "Peanut Butter Leather" that was used on the seats and the center console.

Here’s to hoping that ants don’t follow this car to Las Vegas.

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