If there has been one ailment to the much lauded sporty looking Hyundai Veloster, its that its name does not nesssicarly match its implied performance. Today we meet the cure.
Today, on what is normally reserved to be the unluckiest day of the year, Friday the 13th, we were lucky enough to have reservations to be part of Hyundai's Elantra GT, Elantra Coupe and Veloster Turbo Detroit Regional Program.
Breakfast was served early with all three new flavors of Hyundai present. I last saw the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo in person at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show but back then without a proper demonstration of performance. Today that changed, as we hit the roads for a little real world demonstration en route to our next destination. So far my luck was holding.
While traffic, construction, and little things like enforced speed limits somewhat hindered flat out performance testing the Veloster Turbo did feel zippier. Of course my sitting shotgun on our little excursion also didn't help matters but it was a problem short lived as we rolled up on our ultimate destination. The Michigan International Speedway.
Once again we were greeted with row after row of the Veloster Turbo, Elantra GT, and Elantra Coupe as well as a recap as well as the Veloster Turbo's 1.6-liter, 201 horsepower, direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged engine. A step up from the 138 hp engine we covered in our 2012 Hyundai Veloster review, which we found not to be underpowered but certainly not enough to set your hair on fire.
Afterward we made our way out to the track for a few laps of our own. No rabbits foot today as I settled into the leather wrapped heated seat to take my turn but I appeared not to need it. Around the track the Veloster Turbo finally delivered the promised power its name had always suggested.
And at a very competitive price and fuel economy as well. The standard Veloster cost $17,300 and will do 29 City / 40 Highway. The Turbo, with its leather wrapped steering wheel and seats, along with bluetooth telematics, 7-inch touch screen and 18-inch tires cost $21,950 and delivers 26 City / 38 Highway numbers. Pretty impressive numbers all in all.
Overall the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a fun to drive car that brings with it solid pricing and fuel economy. While we'll have to see if it catches on with enthusiast, for the daily driver the Veloster Turbo promises that little bit of extra spice that was missing in the 2012.