2014 Hyundai Veloster Research Click to hide
Although the Veloster car has always appealed to young, sport-oriented drivers, the R-spec is intended to reach this group even more effectively. The R-spec is all about personalization, coming with a number of appearance add-ons and tuner-oriented extras to please car lovers. It is also offered at a lower entry price than the Turbo model, further appealing to young buyers.
The Veloster R-spec is available with red accent front splitters and side blades that give the car a distinct appearance. A sportier steering map and a sport-tuned suspension with higher spring rates and a stiffer transmission mount improve performance over the base Veloster. A six-speed manual transmission is the only offering.
Who It's For
Young, tuner-oriented buyers can rejoice in the new Veloster model. Buyers looking for plenty of personality in their car at a low price will appreciate the new Veloster. Still, don't expect tons of power; only 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque are available on this offering. But this is comparable to many other sport-oriented models, including the Civic Si coupe and Volkswagen GTI which offer around the same amount of power. Buyers looking for a healthy dose of power for a reasonable price will want to check out the Subaru Impreza WRX STI instead.
Customization, customization, customization is the key for the Veloster R-spec.
- LED lighting
- B&M Racing Sport Shifter
- Red leatherette/ red and black cloth seats
- Exclusive R-spec badging and floor mats
What We Think
For a while, we have been disappointed in the lack of power available in the Veloster. We were slightly pleased when the Turbo model came out, providing a little more for the money. The R-spec seems to be the middle offering, and we hope it's not a compromise. We will have to test it to find out. We're almost certain that the Veloster R-spec will attract true race car fanatics, but it may find a home in those looking for all the style and flair of a customized sporty car.
Back to Auto Show Coverage: Los Angeles 2013