While the 2012 Hyundai Veloster has got plenty of potential, its decent 1.6-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder isn't meant to impress those who are concerned with speed. A turbo model has been rumored before, so the time has came. Hyundai hasn't announced anything official concerning turbo Veloster, but the company has presented the new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine this week. As stated by Hyundai, 52 months and over $60 million were spent while developiing the new mill. The unit answers California's ULEV-2 and Euro 5 standards.
Additional 66 hp comes from a twin-scoll turbocharger and an air-to-air intercooler, making the total of 204 hp. The turbo also improves the torque, which is now 195 lb-ft. At 'the 11th Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference' where Hyundai unveiled latest powertrain technologies, the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine achieved the best performance figures in its class. Featuring its maximum output of 204 hp as well as torque of 27.0kgf.m at 6,000 rpm and 1,750 rpm, the engine turned out to beat its formidable rivals.
As for Hyundai Veloster, it could be a rocket carrying this engine while having a curb weight of just 2,600 pounds. The official announcement about the Veloster is expected from Hyundai as early as November 1 at SEMA.