2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (FS) – Added Boost – 193

February 21st, 2013 by NZPC

If there’s one thing to be said about Hyundai — it’s that they certainly don’t mind taking risks and going out on a limb. This is best evidenced by the latest and greatest from the Korean manufacturer, the Veloster Turbo. With an odd number of doors, a full glass roof and a rear end like a messed up Salvador Dalí painting, Hyundai certainly weren’t aiming for conservative buyers when it comes to the Veloster. As we’re about as far from prudes as it comes here at NZPC, we’re throwing our hat in the ring and saying yes — this is cool.

Though the styling isn’t for everyone, it’s in-your-face nature works for us: the squat stance, aggressive twin pipes and bizarre single door on the driver’s side and double door on the passenger side gives the whole car an angry look — but as Hyundai have never really been known for high performance, the question remains — Does she go good?

We hate to use this term but, for what it is, yes, it goes very well. Developing 150kW at the 1600cc turbo ‘Gamma’ engine, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is a heap of fun to beat on around the streets, and, as evidenced by a previous ride in Rhys Millen’s version of the same car, the sky’s the limit when it comes to extracting more power from it. Being front-wheel drive, there are a few limitations when it comes to traction, but all in all, the power delivery is smooth, punchy and readily available. This is one of those cars that you drive and can’t help but wonder how much faster you could make it with, say, an extra $10,000 — it constantly feels as though it’s being held back, almost as though it’s running half the boost it should be. With the high-quality leather interior, cool full-glass roof and stiff, nimble chassis, we felt as though with a few modifications, the Veloster Turbo would make an awesome, fun daily driver — or something more if you so chose. It’s a great mix of practicality, unique looks and performance at a very reasonable $49,000 — though you’d want to budget for that extra $10,000, as the urge to modify a car like this will be too hard to resist!

This article is from NZ Performance Car 193. Click here to check it out.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (FS) – Spec

ENGINE: Hyundai Gamma 1600cc four-cylinder turbo
DRIVE: Six-speed manual or tiptronic, front-wheel drive
INTERIOR: Full leather interior, reversing camera, Bluetooth integration, panoramic glass roof
WHEELS: 18-inch rims, 215/40R18 tyres
PERFORMANCE: 150kW at the flywheel, 1270kg, 0–100 7.6-seconds
PRICE: $49,000

Words and photos: Peter Kelly