Hyundai will pump up the new Veloster, the quirky little hatchback it recently introduced, with a turbocharger that will bump up its horsepower by nearly 50%.
The Veloster has become the latest in a string of strong products from the Korean brand, but if critics had any complaint about the unusual 3-door+1 design it was the Hyundai Voloster’s anemic little 1.6-liter gasoline engine, which currently makes just 138 horsepower. (Click Here for TheDetroitBureau.com’s review of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster.)
Hyundai is hoping this move will resolve that complaint.
The twin-scroll turbo will increase the horsepower of the Veloster’s inline-four engine to 207 hp, John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, revealed during the annual SEMA Show, an aftermarket extravaganza in Las Vegas. Hyundai is signaling the possibilities of a performance spin-off of the hatchback with the ARK Performance Veloster, a customized one-off that uses a twin-scroll turbo to squeeze 210 hp out of the hatchback.