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by Tim Beissmann

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been confirmed to go on sale in Australia.

 

Hyundai Australia made the announcement yesterday evening, only hours after Hyundai Motor America revealed the Veloster Turbo would be put into production.

Hyundai Australia has not yet confirmed timing of the new model, although it is not expected to arrive in local showrooms until at least the second half of 2012.

Hyundai is expected to unveil the production version of the Veloster Turbo at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

The turbocharged model will join Hyundai Australia’s line-up after the local launch of the naturally aspirated Veloster in the first quarter of next year.

Although it is still to be confirmed, the Veloster Turbo will almost certainly feature Hyundai’s new Gamma 1.6 T-GDI powerplant which boasts 152kW of power and 265Nm of torque. The standard Veloster will be powered by a 103kW/167Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine.

A six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will send power to the front wheels.

There is no word yet whether Hyundai will differentiate the design of the turbo model from the standard car, however, it has given us a look at the customisation potential of the Veloster at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where it currently has a number of unique designs on display.

Among those is the ARK Performance Veloster: a sleek grey/green rally car with 47 exterior, interior and mechanical modifications.

Then there’s the PM Lifestyle Veloster: a bold blue creation with a custom leather interior designed to be both “powerful and interactive”.

The hard-core Rhys Millen Racing 2WD Global Rally Cross Veloster will be the one for the true rally and performance enthusiasts. The RMR Veloster is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 224kW of power and 406Nm of torque.

Note: Images show cars from the SEMA Show, not the upcoming Veloster Turbo.




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