Hyundai hints at high-performance Veloster Turbo

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 07:45 31/05/2014
Hyundai has built a 220kW, mid-engined Veloster coupe.

HIGH PERFORMANCE HINT: Hyundai has built a 220kW, mid-engined Veloster coupe.

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Hyundai has hinted at a high-performance version of its Veloster Turbo with a concept car revealed at the Busan motor show.

The South Korean brand built a ‘Veloster Midship' concept with a powerful motor mounted ahead of the rear axle.

The car could point to an upgraded Veloster sold throughHyundai's upcoming high-performance N brand, taking on machines such as the Renault Megane RS275.

Hyundai's high performance team - the group which originally developed its i20 WRC car - built the fully driveable concept, ditching the 150kW motor found in the standard Veloster and replacing it with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor that produces 220kW.

That motor would give it enough grunt to take on the hot hatch establishment, providing the brand with a genuine performance machine.

Such a car would be likely to retain the standard Veloster's front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout.

But Hyundai describes its “mini supercar” concept as something that exists “only to explore possibilities for the Veloster chassis and is currently not related to any future production model”.

The concept has a muscular body with widened wheel arches and extra vents required to cool the mid-mounted motor.

A massive carbon-fibre wing and Lamborghini-style carbon-fibre engine brace join upgraded wheels, tyres and brakes that could also fit well on a hot Hyundai.

The brand is preparing to launch a facelifted version of its Veloster, but spy photographers have not yet captured a high-performance model during testing.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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