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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo unveiled, in Australia Q3

The new 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo has been revealed just prior to its 2012 North American International Auto Show unveiling in Detroit. The turbocharged version will make its way to Australia some time after mid-2012.

It features a 1.6-litre turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine producing 152kW of power and 265Nm of torque. The engine features variable valve timing on inlet and outlet cams, and direct injection. Acceleration times for 0-100km/h are yet to be finalised.

The engine is backed up by a either a six-speed manual, or a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic option. Other mechanical highlights include a fresh exhaust system promising to give off a sporty note, and a revised steering rack for improved feel.

On the outside, the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gets a restyled body complete with side skirts and front and rear spoilers. The Turbo also gets LED daytime running lights, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, and a cool matt grey exterior colour.

From the back, it’s obvious the Turbo is looking to make a statement in the hot hatch market. It’s fat, featuring twin central-mounted exhausts, and pumped rear wheel arches, and also sleek and swooping in design.

This will be a significant model for sportscar fans, and a significant model for Hyundai as it establishes a driving enthusiast fan base. It will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, MINI Cooper S, and the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ to a certain extent (despite being front-wheel drive).

The normal Hyundai Veloster is set to hit Australia shores in February. Stay tuned for a full review in the future.

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.