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2012 Hyundai Veloster turbo concept to be unveiled at SEMA show

Hyundai and ARK Performance have joined forces to come up with a special racing Hyundai Veloster turbo concept which is set to be on show at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) event in the US.

Looking to be one of the main Hyundai attractions at SEMA 2011, the ARK Performance Hyundai Veloster turbo will feature a dramatic new body with pumped wheel arches front and rear, with a low and large front spoiler and a big rally-style wing on the rear tailgate.

Under the bonnet, the ARK Performance Hyundai Veloster turbo will show off a comprehensive turbocharged engine kit comprising of an ARK Performance twin-scroll turbo, an intercooler, and an ARK Grip exhaust system, all promising to take standard Veloster power from 103kW to 150kW.

Other highlights include a full eight-point chromoly rally-style roll cage, six-piston brakes, and a full racing suspension system. ARK Performance Inc. owner, Ted Lee, recently said about the Hyundai Veloster turbo project,

“Our ARK Performance Veloster will bridge the realm between an affordable sports car and an extreme motor sports vehicle.”

As mentioned, the ARK Performance Hyundai Veloster turbo will be on display at the 2011 SEMA show in Las Vegas, starting November 1. It’s unknown at this stage if the kit will be made available for the road-going Hyundai Veloster, well, maybe not the complete bodykit, but at least the turbo kit. We’ll keep you updated in any case.

The Hyundai Veloster will go on sale in production trim in Australia towards the end of this year.

What do you think of these preview images? Doesn’t look half bad? It kind of makes you think what Hyundai could do with the Veloster in terms of coming up with a World Rally Championship car.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.