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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Published July 17, 2012

When the standard Hyundai Veloster was launched in 2011, it had a fresh new sporty feel, an exterior design that was a certainly a standout among all the available hatchbacks, and most importantly, gave us a preview of what Hyundai seems to be geared in the future. However it lacked severely in one major factor- POWER. A naturally aspirated 1.6-literengine delivering 86.25 hp per liter could accelerate to from 0-60 in over 8 seconds. Thus a desperate need for the Turbocharged model was on the minds of all enthusiasts.

The boring wait seems to be coming to an end as Hyundai brings the 2013 Veloster Turbo to the table. The three door hatchback carries a modified version of the 2011 Veloster’s engine whose intake is now hiked up to 19 psi. It now manages to give the 2013 Veloster Turbo a 201 horsepower reading with an output of over 125 hp per liter- a value synonymous with the Bugatti Veyron.

With a top speed of over 120 miles an hour, it truly is speedy for a hatchback. Both the manual dual-clutch version and the automatic versions are available with a price difference of 1000$. The manual transmission is achieved using a six speed manual gearbox which has been fine tuned even more since the 2011 version.  The ultimate version of the car features a built in navigation system with automatic headlights, rearview camera, backup sensors, 115-Volt power outlet and a panoramic sunroof.

A first timer from Hyundai also features in the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. It is the matte gray paint. It needs another 1000$ fed to it, but it is unlike other finishes on a car you cannot take it through a car wash and must use a certain type of cloth or towel to wipe it down. The interior has received special attention too. Seats are made or premium quality leather in the dark shades to represent the overall devious speed hungry looks the car maintains on its outside.

According to Hyundai, even after the turbocharger added over to the engine, the 2013 Veloster Turbo should be able ride along 27 mpg in the city and 38 mpg in the highway. However, these figures are only estimates till the time the final EPA ratings are evaluated.

To sum up, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo with its one a kind hatchback definitely meant to please the enthusiasts of this type of vehicles. With a price tag beginning from 21950$, it is not really a fit for each pocket, yet it does enjoy its own fan base, one that has been loyal to it right from its release in 2011. And while it may not be perfect as of yet, Hyundai seems to be hard at work to fix any remaining minor deficits in it.

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