What Is It?
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster lineup welcomes a new Rally Edition model, and it’s on the floor at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Rally Edition begins as a Veloster Turbo R-Spec but then adds a stiffer suspension, lightweight alloy wheels with performance tires, faux carbon-fiber accents and matte blue paint. Inside, the seats are decked out with black and blue leather trim, and the sole transmission is a 6-speed manual with a B&M short shifter. Hyundai says that production will be limited to just 1,200 units.
Some changes are in store for other Veloster models, too. The regular 2016 Veloster Turbo will offer sportier seats, an electroluminescent gauge cluster with a larger thin-film-transistor information display and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission in place of last year’s 6-speed unit (though the manual will continue as the standard specification). All 2016 Velosters get a few exterior tweaks, including a new hood without vents, a dark gray grille surround and 18-inch alloy wheels with tires that have been widened by 10 millimeters. Additionally, the infotainment system adds HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free and Hyundai’s latest Blue Link telematics system.
The 2016 Veloster’s engine offerings carry over from last year, with the base model featuring a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (132 hp with the automatic) and the turbocharged Velosters sharing a pumped-up 1.6-liter four rated at 201 hp.
Hyundai has not yet announced pricing for the 2016 Veloster.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is designed specifically for people who love cars, especially the turbocharged versions. We always appreciate when automakers go out on a limb in the name of having a good time, and the 2016 Veloster is certainly Hyundai’s most adventurous model yet.
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