Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Here’s a toast to those who dare to be different, a category that definitely includes the Hyundai Veloster.
The Veloster made its debut as a 2012 model, but it’s the spiritual successor to Hyundai’s Tiburon, which was on the market from 1996 to 2008. The Tiburon—Spanish for shark—was a car that seemed to be the modern interpretation ofVolkswagen’s Karmann Ghia, an economy car with a sporty body.
Style-wise, theVeloster isn’t your ordinary hatchback.There’s a huge front grille that looks as though it’s ready to gobble up the competition. In back, a pair of large circular exhaust outlets exit in the center of the bumper, a styling cue that is mindful of some of my favorite Ducati sport motorcycles.
The Veloster should become a tuner’s delight, ready to compete (in sales and performance) with theVolkswagen GTI, Mini Cooper S, Mazdaspeed3, Ford Focus ST, and Honda Civic Si. --BG