Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo launched

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has launched the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo just seven months after the launch of the naturally aspirated Veloster.
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The top-of-the-range Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo is powered by Hyundai’s own Gamma 1.6 four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged direct injection engine that generates 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque.

That translates into a significant 46 per cent increase in power and 60 per cent increase in torque over the standard Hyundai Veloster and Veloster + models.

More encouraging still is that peak torque is available from 1750-4500rpm, meaning the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo should pull well from minimal engine revs.

The Veloster SR Turbo is equipped with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission for $31,990 (before on-road costs) in standard guise, or with a traditional six-speed automatic gearbox for $33,990 before on-road costs.

The six-speed double clutch transmission that’s available on the Hyundai Veloster and Veloster + models, is not being offered on the Veloster SR Turbo model due to the engine’s increased torque loads.

Hyundai have not yet published performance figures for the Veloster SR Turbo, but local testing at the Western Sydney International Dragway with the quicker-shifting automatic version has recorded 0-100km/h times of around seven seconds.

The styling of the Veloster SR Turbo while based on Hyundai’s signature fluidic sculpture design language, has been given a more aggressive exterior treatment than the standard Hyundai Veloster.

The most obvious feature of the Veloster SR Turbo is the larger look hexagonal front grille and deeper fascia, which removes the chrome strip for a more aggressive look and stance. There’s also a special front air intake that lowers the intercooler outlet temperature.

The twin exhaust tips are now circular and larger than those on the standard Hyundai Veloster. The Veloster SR Turbo also gets a proper rear diffuser along with more sculptured and more aggressive side skirts.

Unique to the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo are a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts, but wrapped in the same 215 series tyres as found on the rest of the Veloster range.

The Veloster SR Turbo also gets upgraded brakes that include larger 300mm front discs (up 20mm), which themselves are thicker than those found on the standard Veloster models.

Hyundai has also beefed-up the suspension on the Veloster SR Turbo with specifically tuned dampers to handle the potentially higher cornering speeds the car is capable of.

There’s a quicker 13.9 ratio electrically assisted steering rack, too, with slightly more weight and less turns to lock than it’s naturally aspirated Veloster brothers.

The Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo picks up the same comprehensive list of features found in the Veloster + including highlights such as 7-inch LCD touch screen with satellite navigation, panorama glass roof, rear view camera integrated into the touch screen, daytime running lamps, premium eight-speaker audio system with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, leather seats, proximity smart key and push button start and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The front sports bucket seats in the Veloster SR Turbo feature heavier bolstering than the standard Veloster, and the word ‘Turbo’ is embroided on the seat back.

Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo buyers can choose between 14 exterior paint colours including three metallic, two solid and seven pearl.

The two special order paint colours available are Young Gun – a matte grey and Marmalade – a chameleon colour, which changes colour depending on your angle of vision. Both colours command a $1000 premium.

CarAdvice is currently at the Australian launch of the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo and will post a full review of the car on Wednesday.