Potent Hyundai hatch for SA?

2012-08-29 12:35

Hyundai is preparing to unleash its 137kW turbocharged Veloster in Europe; seems it's also en route to South Africa - perhaps in time for Christmas?

The Veloster Turbo is the first vehicle to feature Hyundai’s new 1.6-litre T-GDI engine equipped with a high-compression ratio and a twin-scroll turbocharger.


The engine produces 137kW and has a peak torque figure of 265Nm (available from 1500-4500rpm) and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It has a top speed, the automaker says, of 213km/h and sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds.

For more control than the standard Veloster, firmer dampers have also been employed.

Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “We believe the performance enhancements will further increase the Veloster’s appeal for drivers who want the perfect combination of stand-out design, an engaging drive and the efficiency and practicality of a traditional hatchback."

The Veloster Turbo retains the standard car’s unconventional three-door arrangement although cosmetic details have been tweaked to give it a more athletic appearance.

The front bumper, grille and front fog lights are new, while the Turbo also receives a new rear bumper, fog light design and twin tailpipes with diffuser. New designs are included for the standard 18” alloy wheels.

To the cabin... leather upholstery and an 18cm touchscreen satnav system incorporating the infotainment and reverse parking camera monitor are standard.


The non-turbo Veloster was scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2012, Hyundai SA's communications manager Deon Sonnekus told us, but this was delayed subject to tests to determine the direct-injection engine's compatibility with local fuel. This has been done and "it's possible it could still be launched this year".

The 103kW 1.6 GDI (gasoline direct injection) is first in line and "approval for this engine would open the possibility for the introduction of further derivatives, including the turbo, to SA".

The "competitively priced package", Sonnekus said, would go up against models such as the VW Scirocco, the recently launched Toyota 86 and the Megane Coupe.     

  • raath - 2012-08-29 13:49

    0-100km/h in 8.4s? For a car with 137kW? Does it weigh like 2000kg?

      gerrie.visagie - 2012-08-29 14:20

      That's nothing. You should check some of the Chinese vehicles which manage to extract less than 100Kw from 'n 2.5 Turbo diesel engine...

      raath - 2012-08-29 14:29

      The old SangYong Korando 2.8 turbo diesel had like 85kW, but then again, on a diesel it's about torque... Speaking of torque. The Hyundai has 265Nm, so I am still stumped how the Golf VI TSI (118kW) is quicker to 100km/h...

      trevorlbennett - 2012-08-30 09:37

      This is really bad performance, a 3Dr 100Kw 116i runs to 100km/h in 8.5sec. They are far behind than anything comparable.

  • nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-29 14:37

    "The "competitively priced package", Sonnekus said, would go up against models such as the VW Scirocco, the recently launched Toyota 86 and the Megane Coupe." Are you nuts !!! Not near Megane/Scirroco/86 !! It will TRY and keep up with CLIO, POLO GTi, Corsa OPC........it will fail of course . Not a bad car..just don't compare it to any other hot hatches out there. Stupid Reporter

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-08-29 15:04

      This is what I dont understand,they compare this vehicle to Megane and Scirroco yet this wont keep up with smaller hot hatches unless its aimed at the 1.4 Scirroco and smaller 1.4 Turbo Megane?Or unless the Hyundai isnt considered a hot hatch.I think in terms of performence its closet rivals are the 308 GTi and Citroen DS5.

      kris.matulovich.3 - 2012-08-29 15:12

      Maybe click the link and you will see that they are comparing to the Megane COUPE.. Not RS.. And 1.4t Scirroco.. So ya.. Get back to work..

      nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-30 06:15

      @Kris.....why bring the Toyota 86 into it then ? GET BACK TO WORK !!!

      nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-30 06:16

      PS....click the Scirroco link again.....it takes you to R Have you gotten back to work ?

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-08-30 13:53

      Kris you retard!Read my comment again.I said that what I think they refer to as a rival might be the 1.4 Scirroco and 1.4T Megane.I never said it went up against the big boys!The article confused a few people here including that turd you use for a brain.

  • autotrax.sa.1 - 2012-08-29 17:19

    Okay, so it does look great despite some slight DS (front) and Alfa (backside) styling, which appear to work well with the pure styling lines of the vehicle. Aggresive looks may be the order of the day but the buck stops there. A time of 8.4 seconds to 100km/h may not be the greatest transfer of 137kw compared to sleek, stylish 1.4 TSI VW Scirocco. The VW gets to the 100km/h mark in 8 seconds despite its lessor 118kw producing less torque(240NM) than the Hyundai. Pardon me for using the VW as a comparitive vehicle, but at a price of R302k for the VW...I sincerely hope that the Hyundai is offered for less than its VW (spec'd out)rival.

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-08-29 20:53

    I beg to differ, that rear is plain awful and will date quickly, the car scream for attention and the interior is messy to say the least. When it comes to performance 0-100km/h in 8.4s? unless priced at 200k it won’t fly here

  • ingramj - 2012-08-29 22:25

    You cant polish a turd!!!

  • hansen.bv - 2012-08-30 09:40

    I wonder if they will change the 1 door and 2 door sides from left to right with the left hand drive version. It would make sense to do that. Mini didn't get it right with the clubman

  • logan.naidoo - 2012-08-31 11:26

    The rear looks awful, and as overstyled as the one Tiburon that came out. Maybe it might grow into you over time.

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