Read the complete Veloster Turbo R-Spec story at AutoGuide.comThe Hyundai Veloster Turbo was unveiled earlier this year, offering a 1.6-liter, turbo-four with 201-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque for a mere $21,500. Now rumors are speculating a high performance variant of the Veloster Turbo could be in the works.
While it’s too early to put a name to the model (R-Spec perhaps), those who have been able to examine the sports car up close and personal noticed a few interesting design decisions. For example, the Veloster Turbo despite having a more powerful engine, sports the same suspension as the base model Veloster. It appears that this was done on purpose by the Korean automaker, allowing room to offer a higher performance model.
Suspension upgrades, as well as an even more powerful powerplant is a possibility. Though we feel that the 2.0-liter, turbo-four with 274-hp from the Genesis Coupe may be a little too expensive for the Veloster’s price range. But it would be no surprise to see upgraded suspension components, a lowered stance, and minor tweaking to the engine make its way to a higher-tiered model.
Given that the powerplant is turbocharged, it wouldn’t take much for the automaker to up the performance numbers without sacrificing fuel efficiency of reliability. An upgraded intake, better-flowing exhaust, and throwing a couple more pounds of boost through an ECU retuned could easily make a 220-hp Veloster Turbo that much more attractive – and fun.
But for now, we’ll just keep speculating. Because if there’s anything automotive enthusiasts love to do is to wish for more performance.
Read AutoGuide’s 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review here.