Hyundai Veloster Turbo confirmed for production

Hot hatch fans rejoice: the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is on the way.
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Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik made the announcement in the lead-up to the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and the news quickly spread to Hyundai USA’s Twitter page:

“It’s official. Veloster Turbo is coming. More details in January at the Detroit Auto Show.”

The engine that will almost certainly power the Veloster Turbo was revealed at the Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference in South Korea late last month. The Gamma 1.6 T-GDI will produce 152kW of power (at 6000rpm) and 265Nm of torque (at 1750rpm).

The engine will feature a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and dual variable valve timing, and promises to give the Veloster the boost hot hatch fans have been hoping for.

The standard naturally aspirated Veloster is powered by the same 1.6-litre engine as the all-new Kia Rio, which produces 103kW and 167Nm of torque. The Veloster accelerates from 0-100km/h in around 8.5 seconds, a mark the Turbo will no doubt blast past.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Veloster Turbo will be sold in Australia. Follow this link to read our full story.

The standard Hyundai Veloster will arrive in Australia in the coming months, although at this stage it remains unclear if it will sneak into showrooms before Christmas or push out to January 2012.

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