Report: Hyundai Veloster Turbo to Get 204-hp 1.6L I-4

The possibility of a turbocharged version of the Hyundai Veloster hatchback has long circled the rumor mill. Now, we have a little more of an idea of what we could see in such a vehicle. Hyundai recently revealed a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder engine that is already used by the Veloster.

The new Gamma 1.6 T – GDI engine, as Hyundai as calling it, should be good for 204 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1750 to 6000 rpm. Similar to the 1.6-liter currently in the Veloster, it takes advantage of gasoline direct-injection to help boost efficiency and lower emissions; Hyundai claims that the new engine will meet both the stringent California ULEV-2 and Euro5 emissions standards. The current Gamma 1.6-liter inline-four in the Veloster makes 138 hp and 123 lb-ft, sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission.

When we reached out to Hyundai regarding the new turbocharged engine, they did not deny that it could be coming stateside, stating only they “can’t comment on future product.” Hmmm.

With a 204-hp turbocharged four-banger, the Veloster would fall right in the middle of the hot hatch pack: more powerful than the 181-hp Mini Cooper S, the 201-hp Honda Civic Si, and the 200-hp Volkswagen GTI, but down on power when compared to the 263-hp Mazdaspeed3 and the 265-hp Subaru WRX.

From what we know, the Veloster Turbo is expected to make its debut in January at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Source: Hyundai

When I first saw the unveiling of the Veloster, I immediately disliked the front grille. I was hoping that Hyundai would keep the similar front styling that they have applied to the 2011 Sonata, 2012 Azera, and the 2012 Genesis. The rest of the car's design is great, but it's the face that I can't stand.
Hyundai...why? I tried this car when it first came out, it's very sluggish. It needed the Elantra's 1.8L 150hp engine. The other option from the same company is the Genesis Coupe 2.0T @210hp. Given that the Veloster turbo will cost more, this will put two cars from the same company with very similar specs and price. ...And, the 2013 Coupe now looks like the Veloster. This company is getting to the point that they are making too many models indistinguishable from each other. The problem is that if you do to a Hyundai dealer, you can now buy a lightly used 2010 Genesis 2.0T Coupe for what a Veloster costs.

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