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As expected, Hyundai this week officially cut the opening price of the Veloster SR Turbo to $29,990 plus on-road costs — $3000 less than before.

The new Toyota 86-matching opening gambit is among the headline changes that come as part of the Veloster Series II mid-life update on sale now.

As we speculated last week, Hyundai Australia (HMCA) will now offer the Veloster SR Turbo that accounts for half of all Veloster sales in two specification levels — the entry version, and the new SR Turbo + that retails for $33,990.

Both come standard with a six-speed manual, but shell out an additional $2500 and you get a brand new seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddles in place of the old six-speed torque converter unit. This unit is said to cut fuel use use by 0.5 litres per 100km to 7.1L/100km.

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Until now, Hyundai did not have a suitable DCT that could handle the turbo’s torque, but this new unit is rated to handle up to 300Nm.

It also means all Veloster automatics now come with a dual-clutch auto, given the entry non-turbo Veloster variants retain their six-speed manual or six-speed DCT units.

Non-turbo Velosters retain their opening prices, meaning the self-titled version kicks off at $24,490, while the Veloster + adds $5000 to cost $29,490. The DCT option is now $200 more than before at $2500, though it’s the same unit as before.

The SR Turbo range maintains its 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine with 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm between 1750-4500rpm. The entry atmo versions use a normally aspirated 1.6-litre engine with 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850Nm.

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Under the skin, Hyundai’s Australian engineering team in NSW have added wider 225/40 tyres on 18-inch wheels, new rebound stops in the front dampers, revised the spring rates and fitted a smaller-diameter stabliser bar to allow more independent front wheel movement.

The key goals were to make the car a little more compliant around town, to turn-in a little faster and to hop about less at the rear by maintaining better road contact (a symptom in large part of its torsion beam set-up).

There’s also an upgraded motor in the electric-assist power steering system, while the SR + gets Hyundai’s three-mode Flex Steer adjustable steering weight system.

Changes to the exterior are limited to a new grey grille surround on the SR Turbo versions, new-style 18-inch rims and a new $1000 matt blue hero colour.

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Hyundai offers a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, a sat-nav update plan, and a lifetime capped-price servicing program.

The Veloster reigns this year as the top-selling sports car in Australia, with 1158 units registered (up 4.1 per cent) compared with 1087 for the Toyota 86 (down 32.5 per cent). About 50 per cent of these have been the SR Turbo version.

2015 Hyundai Veloster Series II specifications:

Veloster — $24,490 manual/$26,990 DCT

  • 103kW/167Nm 1.6-litre engine
  • Six airbags and five-star ANCAP rating
  • Hill-start Assist Control (DCT-equipped cars only)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen with DivX, CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Premium audio system featuring 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, centre speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Rear-view camera (integrated into touchscreen)
  • Rear parking assist system
  • 18-alloy wheels (two tone multi-spoke) with 225/40R18 tyres
  • Cloth/Leather-appointed seats
  • Premium steering wheel and gear knob
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Height-adjustable driver’s front seat
  • Electric lumbar support (driver’s seat)
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Front and rear passenger side power windows
  • One-touch window up/down on driver’s window incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
  • LED high mount stop lamp
  • LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors

Veloster + (above base car) — $29,490 manual/$31,990 DCT

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality and three-years HERE  MapCare
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Proximity Smart Key with push-button start
  • Climate control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Supervision cluster with dot matrix centre display
  • Electric driver’s seat base slide and tilt
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Seat back pocket (passenger side only)
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console
  • Luggage net

 Veloster SR Turbo (above base car) — $29,990 manual/$32,490 DCT

  • 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo engine
  • Full body kit
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Full body kit
  • Proximity Smart Key with pushbutton start
  • Sports type Supervision cluster

Veloster SR Turbo + (above Veloster SR Turbo) — $33,990 manual/$36,690 DCT

  • 7.0-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality and three-years HERE MapCare
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Climate-control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Flex Steer
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console

We’ve driven the Series II Veloster and will publish a written and filmed review package on Friday this week. 




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