2015 Hyundai Veloster gets a boost from 150 kW turbo engine
The Hyundai Veloster range in South Africa has received a shot in the arm with the addition of a turbo-boosted direct petrol injection engine, along with more sporty and luxury features that makes this attractive hatchback a well-rounded sports package.
At its global launch the Veloster Turbo was the first Hyundai to feature the company’s 1,6-litre GDI engine with a high-compression, twin-scroll turbocharger. This T-GDI unit, generating 150 kW maximum power and 265 Nm of torque, has now made its debut in the local Veloster range, with performance figures that are quite a step up from its non-turbocharged sibling which delivers 103 kW and 167 Nm.
“The Veloster Turbo is also pointer to where the Hyundai brand is heading: to produce vehicles with advanced engine and transmission technology that will appeal to car buyers that are looking for an exciting, yet reliable and well-designed automobile. The engine used in the Veloster Turbo forms the base for the power plant in Hyundai Motorsport’s World Rally Championship i20 car – the only difference is that the rally car delivers 200 kW …,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
“The heart of the Veloster Turbo is its powerful engine, and the performance that it injects into this innovative sports hatchback in our range. You can watch this space, for this engine is the start of many new developments to come from Hyundai’s Namyang Research and Development Centre in South Korea,” says Anderson.
Maximizing fuel efficiency and performance, the Veloster Turbo’s engine has an air-guided intercooler, direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT, with a bed plate and a serpentine auxiliary belt adopted for enhanced engine reliability
The driving experience is further enhanced by the sport-tuned engine intake and exhaust notes: the trapezoidal centre tailpipes of the normally-aspirated Veloster have been replaced with two larger free-flowing circular pipes, allowing for a more robust sound.
The Veloster Turbo has the same practical appeal as the original model, thanks to the innovative 1+2 door design. It also now features unique front and rear bumpers and fog lights, a new rear spoiler and grille, new 18-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents, and unique LED taillights. These elements further accentuate the car’s eye-catching styling and add a greater emphasis on its performance.
Maximum boost from the turbocharger is 18 psi. The twin-scroll turbocharger design has several other advantages over traditional, single-scroll turbocharging systems, including:
- Improved combustion efficiency;
- Low engine-speed efficiency;
- Kinetic exhaust gas energy is not wasted or trapped;
- Cooler cylinder temperatures;
- Lower exhaust temperatures; and
- A leaner air/fuel ratio
Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7,8 s for the manual derivative, while the Veloster Turbo with the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is somewhat quicker at 7,3 s. The maximum speed of the manual derivative has been measured at
224 km/h, while the automatic DCT can reach 225 km/h.
Complementing the aggressive appearance is the finely tuned suspension setup of the Veloster Turbo, and key components in the steering were upgraded for the Veloster Turbo.
World-class weight efficiency is also a program target for all Hyundai models. The benefit of weight reduction is two-fold, increasing both performance and fuel economy. This priority on weight efficiency allows the Veloster Turbo to deliver a dynamic combination of agility, performance, and fuel efficiency.
New interior features, sound system
Inside, new full leather seats with the word “Turbo” stitched into the seatbacks help deliver a unique look while providing exceptional support and comfort. An exclusive Supervision gauge cluster feeds the driver information in a larger, clearer, and more interactive format by way of two TFT screens located between the tachometer and speedometer.
The Veloster Turbo includes proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition.
Gracenote® technology improves the way Veloster owners access and manage their music. This new system allows the driver to see licensed cover art and use a “More Like This” automatic playlist generator. Gracenote® helps organize song metadata from a driver’s music collection and associates specific genre classifications (Indie Rock, R&B, Classical, etc.) with the identified tracks. In doing so, Gracenote’s Playlist Plus™ technology allows Veloster drivers to create targeted music playlists with a single button or voice command.
A 196-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB/AUX connectivity is standard in the Veloster.
Audiophiles can opt for the available 450-watt Dimension premium audio system that features eight speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer, and an external amplifier.
A Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download, and audio streaming is standard. The Veloster comes standard with an integrated rear-view camera.
Advanced standard safety technology awarded 5-star rating
The Hyundai Veloster has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent vehicle assessment organisation, Euro NCAP. The results of the rigorous test process include class-best scores for the 1+2 door sports coupe.
The Veloster achieved a rating of 96% in the Adult Occupant category, registering maximum points in the side barrier test and more severe side pole test. In the Child Occupant category, the Veloster attained a score of 89%.
The Veloster is equipped with an exceptional level of standard safety features for the compact coupé segment, including a number of active safety measures. A Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system optimally manages the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in slippery conditions or during fast cornering.
Price and warranty
The Veloster Turbo is sold with Hyundai’s 5-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance; supplemented by a 5 year/90 000 km service plan.
The prices, including VAT, of the two Veloster Turbo derivatives are:
Veloster 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite Manual R379 900
Veloster 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite DCT R399 900