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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Model Debut

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What's New
This is the car that Hyundai should have built all along. It's similar to 2012's Veloster, except that it has the power to back up its sporty looks. Not to be glossed over, however, is that Hyundai ditched the fuel-saving base car's transmission for two new six-speed', including a close-ratio manual. That's some serious potential for fun, and yet the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo returns a healthy 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway fuel rating.

Who It's For
There's a target on the backs of the Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen GTI, and Mini Cooper S. Make no mistake, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is for people who want to have fuuuuuun in a sporty, small car, but who also need good fuel mileage at an affordable price.

Key Features
The Hyundai Veloster Turbo keeps just about everything on the standard Veloster, but with some notable visual appeal:

  • Thanks to an advanced turbo design, power is bumped up to a healthy 200 horsepower -- not bad considering its relatively light weight of 2800 pounds.
  • Inside, the Veloster Turbo has the latest infotainment features, including standard 7-inch touchscreen and Pandora internet radio. Visually, the Turbo model receives "Turbo" trim details on the seats and a motorcycle themed dash.
  • The exterior package sees two different 18-inch wheels, and an aggressive suspension tuning

What We Think
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo should be one of the more exciting cars to debut later this year, but will be in stiff competition with the Ford Fiesta ST, another turbo, mini sportster set to compete in the sport compact segment. If it's as good as the base model -- but more powerful, then it should be a strong competitor, especially if it falls under the budget of the Subaru WRX and Mazda Mazdaspeed3 class leaders. We can't wait to drive one.

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