Well since every major car manufacturer seems to have a performance arm nowadays, why not Hyundai? After releasing an hydrogen powered car in the form of the "Nexo" at CES 2018 (which symbolizes that the hydrogen market is growing thanks to the Toyota Mirai), Hyundai unveiled the 2nd generation Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show.
Well yes, it still has its peculiar features like a single passenger door at the drivers side with two at the passengers side, A short and wide rear window and highly placed chiseld tail lamps, it is still beautiful. Yes, you can tell the similarity between it and the new i30, but this is Hyundai new design language, and nobody is complaining.
But a look at its performance, and things start getting interesting. Hyundai released 3 models, the Veloster, Veloster Turbo, and Veloster N. The standard model possesses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is based on the Atkinson cycle.
It generates 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. Front-wheel drive comes standard on all models, and custom can have the option between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic.
Then we have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder next up. The midrange offers 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. The standard model’s six-speed manual transmission is present but it has the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Meanwhile bigboy Veloster N model gets an evolution of the Turbo’s 2.0-liter tweaked to pump out 275 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque between 1,450 and 4,700 rpm. We also know that it has bigger brakes and a model-specific suspension system for all you hot-rodders.
Racing fans would be glad to know that torque vectoring is also omnipresent. But for we more "normal" folks, Hyundai’s Blue Link comes standard. It enables owners download a special application to start the car remotely, set the climate control, lock or unlock the car, and locate it in a parking garage.
Pricing would be announced later, while it is set to start selling in the second part of the year.