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Hyundai Announces New Turbo, Veloster Skeptics Rejoice

By Jason Davis | October 21, 2011
For the Hyundai Veloster buyer not quite sold on the sporty hatch's meager powerplant, lament no more. According to Carscoop, Hyundai announced two of its next two engines at "The 11th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference" in Korea. It's unlikely America will get the new R2.0-liter diesel, which makes 150 hp and a staggering 282 lb-ft of torque—the low-end power torque provides is a classic diesel advantage—but the hot news out of Korea is that its new 1.6-liter turbo will be coming stateside, and powering, among others, the new Veloster. Associate Editor Matt Askari drove the Veloster late last month, and while he praised its nimble ride, he also wasn't as impressed by its punchless engine. The new 1.6-liter Gamma turbo 4-cylinder will address this concern with 204 horsepower and a healthy dose of low-end grunt. And it will meet California's ULEV-II emissions standard, as well. The new turbo also receives a dual-clutch transmission and an advanced fuel injection system. If Carscoop is correct, look for the hottest new hot hatch in mid-2012. Source: Carscoop
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