Visually, the Veloster SR Turbo is a lot more potent than its naturally aspirated siblings. The obvious giveaway is the enormous open front grille with a black finish.
But it’s the oversized twin chrome exhaust tips make the brashest statement about this car’s performance intentions.
The new matte blue hero paint is a particular standout — but there are some more significant tweaks under the skin.
While the 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo engine is unchanged — Hyundai Australia didn’t bother with the overseas noise-enhancement system that amplifies engine noise into the cabin — one of the transmissions on offer is.
The theoretical benefits of a DCT are faster changes, meaning a ‘box of this type seems an obvious fit to a sporty car of this type. However, there are a few kinks in this first-generation unit, developed entirely in-house, that reveal themselves under harder driving.
While relatively smooth and fuss-free around town — not always a dual-clutch auto strong point — the calibration isn’t aggressive enough when called up to be so.
We found it too hesitant to kick down on entry and too eager to shift up before exit, impeding cornering speed.
As before, the turbo engine feels pretty strong, with torque available across a wide rev band, from 1750rpm through to 4500rpm. It lacks a little aural appeal give its muted note, however.
Hyundai has massaged out a little of the twitchiness from the rear end, though given the SR still sports a torsion beam rear setup, there’s only so much it can do. The rear wheels feel more planted and less skittish, and axle hop over mid-corner corrugations feels less invasive than before.
The 225/40s on 18-inch rims may be loud are loud but some more refinement is noticeable in the way the car seems to iron out the quirks of ramshackle inner-city roads a little more effectively than before.
The Veloster SR should be an affordable little sports car to own and run too, given Hyundai offers a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, a sat-nav update plan, and lifetime capped-price servicing plan.