Hyundai is set to add a second model to its Veloster range in New Zealand next month.
To be known as the Veloster Turbo, the higher-performance version of the Hyundai coupe will offer more power, better handling and higher levels of specification.
The Veloster Turbo is powered by an all-new version of Hyundai's Gamma 1.6-litre four. It now features a twin-scroll turbocharged version of the unit, known as the T-GDi engine. The Turbo has access to 46 per cent more peak power than the base model, with 150 kilowatts now available at 6000rpm. Torque gets a boost too, to the tune of 60 per cent more than the standard Veloster. The Veloster dishes out its maximum torque of 265 newton metres between 1750 and 4500rpm.
The twin-scroll turbine housing and exhaust manifold, when combined with direct injection, results in almost lag-free power delivery and more usable low-end torque from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.
A twin-scroll turbo recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a larger single-scroll turbocharger, because of 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. The smaller turbocharger vanes also accelerate more quickly, further contributing to the car's low-end flexibility.
The Veloster Turbo is available with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission, the latter fitted with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The fuel economy of the Veloster is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres in manual form, with 7.6 litres per 100km possible with the automatic, so fuel economy has not suffered with the use of a turbocharger. Emissions levels are also low for a performance car, being 163 grams and 181g per km for the manual and automatic versions.
On the ride and handling front, Hyundai makes much of the fact that extensive suspension tuning and the calibration of the cars' chassis systems was undertaken in Australia over thousands of kilometres and various road conditions.
The Veloster Turbo is fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, and a 24-millimetre diameter front stabiliser.
The rear suspension is a lightweight V-torsion beam, with an integrated stabiliser bar for greater body-roll control.
The car is fitted with front and rear Sachs dampers. The front dampers include rebound springs, which allow sharper and more accurate changes of direction. The rear dampers are high- performance mono-tube for enhanced ride comfort.
The Veloster Turbo's brake disks are 5mm wider and 20mm larger in diameter, at 300mm.
The front callipers have also been repositioned to optimise performance.
It also features an anti-lock braking system, with brake assist to provide maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and electronic brake- force distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force between front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions.
The Veloster Turbo takes the the standard car's irrefutably unique design concept one step further with what Hyundai calls "sports inspired" exterior modifications.
The front's telltale hexagonal grille has circular front fog lamps and projector-beam headlamps with daytime running lights, while 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts, shod with low profile tyres, are linked by the Turbo's special sculpted side skirts.
The Veloster Turbo gets a rear diffuser in its lower fascia, with twin circular chrome exhaust tips housed in the rear bumper.
This free-flowing exhaust design also provides a more sporting engine note. The car's sweeping panorama glass sunroof arches down to meet the glass hatch with a rear spoiler feature, and circular rear reflectors.
The Veloster Turbo's sporting theme is carried through inside too.
The centre console stack has a contemporary metallic look, while the top specification model will house the latest in multimedia technology and a multifunctional seven-inch LCD touchscreen.
What Hyundai calls the the instrument cluster features signature blue backlighting and provides greater clarity for the driver, while a large centre display provides an array of vehicle operation and information.
It has a trip computer with instant and average fuel consumption, distance to empty, trip distance, average speed, elapsed time readout and tyre- pressure monitoring system.
Systems like audio, phone, trip computer and cruise control are all operated from the steering wheel.
Seating, trimmed in a leather- leatherette combination, is formed into two sports bucket seats up front, with a turbo-embroidered signature, the power driver's item featuring lumbar support in front of a tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel.
The driver and passenger have active head restraints, and climate-control air-conditioning.
The premium audio system incorporates an in-dash MP3 CD player and AM/FM radio tuner, four speakers, a centre speaker, two tweeters, and a subwoofer all powered by an external amplifier.
Additional features such as USB and auxiliary connectivity with iPod compatibility and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming are also standard. Satellite navigation facilities and the like have not yet been confirmed for New Zealand.
The Veloster Turbo achieves the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating to ensure maximum protection for occupants.
Active safety is complemented by a vehicle stability management system, which integrates the motor-driven power system, electronic stability control and the traction control system to provide enhanced directional stability.
Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist system are also standard.
The car has driver and front passenger, side and full-length curtain airbags, height adjustable front active head restraints, load limiters and height adjustable front seat belts.
For parking with safety, the Veloster Turbo has a reversing camera built into the tailgate handle, the images from which are relayed into the centre console LCD screen.
A rear park assist system is standard on the Veloster Turbo.
It operates when parking or manoeuvring the vehicle in confined spaces.
Parking sensors mounted on the rear bumper enhance safety by sounding an audible alarm when an obstacle is detected.
Some interesting colours are available for the Veloster on other markets, with a new Young Gun matte grey finish for extra cost, a so-called Marmalade colour that changes depending on the visual angle, a pearl-effect Phantom Black, Veloster Red, Battleship and Storm Trooper White.
Storm Trooper White is the standard colour. It is unknown which colours will be on the New Zealand Veloster palette.
Pricing for the new Veloster Turbo coupe in manual and automatic forms is $49,990 and, although this is a lot more than the Australian starting price of $31,990, it is expected that new Zealand models will have a higher basic specification than those across the Tasman.
The Turbo will begin to trickle into New Zealand showrooms within the next few weeks, with the official launch occurring next month.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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