Hyundai Velostar Turbo to debut in Geneva
05 March 2012
Hyundai has released details of the latest model in its Veloster range.
The new turbocharged version will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show which starts this week, with British motorists having to wait only slightly longer to get into the driver's seat.
Hyundai states that the addition of a twin-scroll turbocharger to its new 1.6-litre GDI engine bumps the power up from 140ps to a rather handy 186ps, with the high compression powerplant also offering 270 Mn of torque.
Tony Whitehorn, president and chief executive of the Korean manufacturer's UK operations, said its setup had been specifically designed with British road users' desires in mind.
He stated: "UK drivers tend to prefer more torque from a lower engine speed, so our European engineers have specified a set-up that still provides a substantial increase in power … while also delivering the desired low-end torque."
Mr Whitehorn believes that the revised package is now very competitive and Brits may prefer the driving experience to that of a Volkswagen Scirocco and Vauxhall Astra.
"The enhanced performance will increase the Veloster's appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, a fun drive and the practicality of a hatchback," he added.
Drivers who want to test these claims for themselves could opt for the Veloster as part of a car leasing scheme.
Hiring the car for a short period could be a cost-effective way of coming to terms with the new engineering additions.
It could also help drivers to save money on petrol. Although Hyundai have yet to release the exact statistics, the company said that the Velostar's new air-guided intercooler and direct fuel injection system are able to both maximise efficiency and performance, with the car capable of speeding from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
The Turbo version retains the innovative 2+1 door design and adds eye-catching styling that hints at the car's superior power.
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