2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

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Hyundai turbocharges their Gamma 1.6 liter inline-4 to produce the 201 hp output seen in the Turbo R-Spec. This power is only available with a manual transmission mated to a short-throw B&M Sport Shifter.

The R-Spec is only available in white, black, grey, and blue, which are always matched against a red accented front air splitter and side blades.

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Price $21,600 Production --
Engine 1.6 liter inline-4 Weight 2877 lbs
Aspiration twin scroll turbocharger Torque 195 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
HP 201 hp @ 6000 rpm HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 125.6 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph -- Top Speed --

(from Hyundai Press Release) 2015 VELOSTER OFFERS PERFORMANCE, CONVENIENCE AND SAFETY APPEAL IN AN INNOVATIVE 3-DOOR SPORT COUPE

R-Spec Model Provides a More Focused Performance Package for Enthusiasts and Special Edition RE:FLEX model Appeals to those Desiring an Exclusive Look

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 18, 2014 – Hyundai’s convention-shattering Veloster offers convenience, safety and performance for 2015, with continuing appeal for the popular sporty coupe. Both Veloster and Veloster Turbo models feature cutting-edge powertrain technologies like direct injection, optimizing their appeal to youthful customers by combining excellent fuel economy, spirited performance and low emissions without compromise.

The 2015 Veloster line-up includes two highly differentiated models, the Turbo R-Spec, and the Veloster RE:FLEX Edition, appealing specifically to both performance and design enthusiasts. Veloster continues to attract Hyundai’s next generation of buyers, earning numerous accolades including the Polk Automotive Loyalty Award, Bloomberg’s “Best Economy Car,” one of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Coolest New Cars under $18,000”.

2015 Veloster Highlights

  • Veloster R-Spec appeals to driving enthusiasts with unique dynamics and appearance
  • Unique R-Spec suspension and steering tuning for enhanced agility and feel
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with unique shift knob design
  • Short-throw B&M Racing® Sport Shifter for a high-precision shift feel
  • Red exterior accents on front splitter and side blades (optional)
  • Red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats
  • R-Spec embroidered-logo floor mats and R-Spec exterior badging
  • Special Edition RE:FLEX model with limited availability and exclusive Ice Pearl exterior color
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels added to Veloster Style Package
  • Automatic Temperature Control added to Veloster Technology package

RE:FLEX SPECIAL EDITION

The newest special edition for the popular Veloster line-up, the RE:FLEX Edition, is being offered in a limited production run, ensuring buyers they will own a truly unique Veloster model for years to come.

Veloster RE:FLEX features black or red full leather seating, projector headlights with LED headlight accents, LED taillights, LED illuminated door entrance sills, 18-inch alloy wheels with a PVD chrome finish, chrome hood accents, chrome door handles, RE:FLEX badging on the exterior, and unique floor mats.

Even more standard equipment on the RE:FLEX is derived from the popular Style Package, including front fog lights, piano black interior accents, a 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with eight speakers including a subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, alloy pedals and an automatic-up driver’s window. A rearview camera is also standard equipment, taking advantage of the standard 7-inch multimedia touchscreen display.

In addition to the RE:FLEX-exclusive Ice Pearl paint, the Veloster RE:FLEX is available in Century White, Vitamin C, Ultra Black, and Boston Red. All Veloster RE:FLEX models use the Gamma 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and six-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission.

SPORT BIKE TUNER INSPIRATION

Veloster’s unique design takes inspiration from a high-performance sport bike. Veloster has distinctive black A-pillars that give the glass a motorcycle helmet visor appearance. In the front is an aggressive form of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille, hood scoop detailing, and unique Hyundai-signature LED position lights.

In profile the Veloster features “Fluidic Sculpture” character lines, muscular wheel arches, bodycolor door handles and mirrors, and wraparound headlights and taillights. Veloster’s dynamic rear design has a distinctive glass hatch, dual center-fascia chrome exhaust tips that complement the assertive front fascia.

Inside, the center stack and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate an available push-button starter. The air vents are inspired by motorcycle tailpipes, while the floor console mirrors the seat of a bike. Metallic accents abound throughout the interior. Alloy pedals and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are also available.

On the Turbo, the Veloster offers two distinctive, free-flowing round exhaust tips. Further, all Turbo models add Active Sound Design, providing richer in-cabin powertrain sound character for an even more involving driving experience, especially during spirited driving.

From the bigger, bolder hexagonal front grille, ground effects, rear bumper fascia, and prominent diffuser vents, Veloster Turbo’s design adds aggression and aerodynamic stability compared with the base model. Veloster Turbo is available in Matte Gray paint. A set of 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome inserts completes the Veloster Turbo’s distinctive design signature. From the front, Veloster Turbo reveals eight individual headlight LED accents, a feature typical on more expensive models.

Inside the Turbo interior, leather seating surfaces with Turbo embroidering in the upper seatbacks help deliver a distinctive appearance while providing exceptional support and comfort. A turbo-exclusive electroluminescent gauge cluster offers driver information in a larger, clearer and more interactive format, with two TFT screens located between the tachometer and speedometer. Heated front seats are also standard on the Turbo version.

TURBO R-SPEC MODEL

The heart of the Turbo R-Spec is the responsive, 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged engine, along with unique design cues and enhanced chassis tuning. Sport suspension and steering settings have been retuned for optimum responsiveness, with higher spring rates and a more rigid transmission mount. Turbo R-Spec is available only with the 6-speed manual transmission, and a short-throw B&M Sport Shifter has been added for a tighter, more direct shift feel.

On the exterior, R-Spec offers available sporty red-accented front splitter and side blades, with R-Spec badging on the rear hatch. Inside, red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats complement special embroidered-logo R-Spec floor mats for a sporty ambience. Veloster Turbo R-Spec is available in four colors: Elite White, Ultra Black, Marathon Blue and Sprint Gray.

In keeping with its purist driving focus, some standard equipment from the Turbo model has been deleted from the R-Spec, such as proximity-key entry with push-button start, premium gauge cluster, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, driver’s auto-up window, high-gloss interior cues and full-faced heated leather seats.

THE THIRD DOOR

Veloster combines the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while also incorporating an additional passenger-side door. In the past, some coupes have used smaller rear-hinged access doors. These coupes have been compromised by having to open the driver-side door before the rear door could be opened, proving to be inconvenient for both the driver and passenger, and extremely difficult to operate in tight parking lot situations. Hyundai implements a conventionally hinged door on the passenger side of the Veloster, providing safe and ready access to the surprisingly spacious rear seats. The passenger-side rear door handle is hidden to maintain the coupe design.

GAMMA 1.6-LITER DIRECT-INJECTED ENGINE

The Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use direct injection. This technology helps deliver more power, superior efficiency, lower emissions and higher reliability.

With direct-injection, the Gamma 1.6-liter engine with manual transmission delivers a peak output of 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. at 4,850 rpm. The Gamma engine with dual-clutch transmission delivers 132 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 120 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm. The Gamma also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle control, a roller timing chain, variable induction and innovative anti-friction coatings.

VELOSTER TRANSMISSIONS

Hyundai’s commitment to making the Gamma engine extremely fuel efficient continues by pairing it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai.

Hyundai’s EcoShift DCT takes the benefits of a manual transmission, including low fuel consumption, and blends them with automatic transmission benefits, such as high comfort levels and smooth shift quality. In addition, the EcoShift DCT enables direct connection for high efficiency and uninterrupted torque transfer during shifts.

This powertrain also has an Active ECO mode which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy. The EcoShift DCT also incorporates Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). HAC is designed to minimize rolling backwards on steep ascents.

Veloster Turbo is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions were developed in-house by Hyundai. Veloster Turbo’s six-speed automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters and SHIFTRONIC® transmission gear control rather than the base Veloster’s EcoShift DCT. This transmission was engineered to handle the increased torque output from the turbocharged engine. The gear ratio spread on the automatic transmission is slightly narrower than the DCT (6.0 vs. 6.38) to keep engine speeds in the optimum power band during acceleration. The non-turbo Veloster’s EcoShift DCT was tuned specially for fuel efficiency rather than the higher torque and performance calibration of the Veloster Turbo.

VELOSTER TURBO PERFORMANCE

The 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine produces 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm. Veloster Turbo models feature Active Sound Design which enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for an even more involving driving experience. Even more impressive, these Turbo models generate 201 horsepower on regular fuel, which represents a best-in-class specific output of 125.6 horsepower per liter.

TWIN-SCROLL TURBOCHARGER WITH DIRECT-INJECTION

Unlike many of its direct competitors, Veloster Turbo’s impressive horsepower and torque ratings are based on regular fuel rather than more costly premium fuel. Hyundai’s 1.6-liter Gamma turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with the direct-injection system, results in minimal turbo lag for responsive power delivery. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but Hyundai has brought this technology down to some of the most affordable models in its line-up.

Twin-scroll turbocharger designs have two exhaust gas inlets divided by split walls inside the turbine housing, with both gas passages controlled by a wastegate. A twin-scroll turbo recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, thanks to a divided manifold. The twin-scroll design separates the cylinders whose exhaust gas pulses interfere with each other, resulting in improved pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger’s turbine for quick and smooth responsiveness.

For example, at the start of the intake stroke of cylinder one and when both the intake and exhaust valves of cylinder one are open (valve overlap period), cylinder three already starts its exhaust stroke with the exhaust valve open. If the exhaust passages of cylinder one and three were connected, the exhaust gas pulse from cylinder three would increase the back pressure of cylinder one. This would reduce the induction of the fresh air and increase the amount of hot residual gases inside the cylinder. However, with the twin-scroll turbocharger setup, this interference is minimized and turbo spooling is more efficient.

The result of this superior scavenging effect from a twin-scroll design leads to better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger's turbine. This allows greater valve overlap, resulting in an improved quality and quantity of the air charge entering each cylinder. In fact, with more valve overlap, the scavenging effect of the exhaust flow alone can even draw more air in on the intake side. At the same time, drawing out the remainder of the low-pressure exhaust gases helps pack each cylinder with a purer and denser air charge. Maximum boost from the turbocharger is 18.0 psi.

Veloster’s twin-scroll turbo has superior handling of exhaust gas separation at the turbine leading to improved low-end torque and faster transient torque response. The twin-scroll turbocharger design has other advantages over traditional, single-scroll turbocharging systems, including:

  • Improved combustion efficiency
  • Low engine-speed efficiency and response
  • Cooler cylinder temperatures and exhaust temperatures
  • Leaner air/fuel ratio

Special features of Hyundai’s twin-scroll turbocharger design include:

  • Stainless steel exhaust manifold and the twin-scroll turbine housing are cast in a patent-pending one-piece design
  • Wastegate for the turbocharger uses a more responsive motor-driven electrical control instead of being mechanically controlled

With the integrated stainless-steel turbine housing within the exhaust manifold, not only is the weight and cost of the casting dramatically reduced, but the durability of the turbine housing is also improved. In addition, heat-energy recovery and thus turbo efficiency is significantly improved due to the traditional two-piece design effectively insulating some of the heat energy at the joint/gasket area.

By adapting the motor-driven electrical wastegate, the boost pressure is more precisely controlled. The back pressure is reduced when turbo boost is not necessary by opening the wastegate, which improves fuel efficiency. During cold starts, the wastegate remains open, which results in faster catalyst light-off timing for reduced exhaust emissions.

A direct-injection fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high-pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 9.5 compression ratio, while achieving a best-in-class 125.6 horsepower-per-liter.

VELOSTER FUEL EFFICIENCY

Through the application of these advanced engine technologies and weight-saving measures, Veloster Turbo and non-turbo not only offer solid performance from 1.6-liters of displacement, but superb fuel economy as well.

Veloster’s compelling combination of performance with efficiency is a formula many industry competitors are seeking to duplicate. Hyundai’s development focus on all the factors of efficient performance, such as direct-injection, small-displacement turbocharged engines, six-speed and dual-clutch transmissions, comprehensive light-weighting, efficient aerodynamics, and reduction of parasitic engine losses through electric-powered ancillaries, have combined to yield simultaneous benefits in performance and efficiency to the consumer.

SPORT-TUNED DYNAMICS

All Velosters are fitted with a McPherson strut front suspension, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a 24-mm diameter front stabilizer. The rear suspension is a light-weight V-torsion beam, with an integrated 23-mm stabilizer bar to allow bracing of the arms for greater rigidity and to further control body roll. The rear suspension also uses monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort.

Veloster features electric power steering that adjusts assistance to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. Veloster’s turning diameter of 34.1 feet is better than Mini’s 35.4 feet, Civic Si’s 37.1 feet, VW GTI’s 35.8 feet, VW Beetle Turbo’s 35.4 feet, and Fiat Abarth’s 37.6 feet.

TURBO MODELS: TORQUE VECTORING CONTROL

All Veloster Turbo models offer Torque Vectoring Control (TVC). This active cornering feature, utilizing capabilities from the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and powertrain control systems, allows Veloster Turbo to improve dynamic cornering during more enthusiastic driving. TVC uses wheel speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply precise braking force to the inside front wheel during spirited cornering. This active braking redirects power to the outside front wheel in the turn, reducing wheelspin for enhanced cornering grip and corner-exit acceleration. Overall, this provides Veloster Turbo drivers with an incremental margin of cornering precision during enthusiastic driving.

Veloster Turbo also features a quicker-ratio steering rack and a revised steering calibration to match, which gives drivers precise cornering, feedback and control. All Veloster Turbos ride on Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires, designed to extract maximum performance without compromising ride.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS

The Veloster rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 166.1 inches and width of 70.5 inches. The Veloster Turbo has the same a 104.3-inch wheelbase, but the Turbo is 1.2 inches longer (167.3 inches) and 0.6 inches wider (71.1 inches).

WORLD-CLASS WEIGHT EFFICIENCY

World-class weight efficiency is a program target for all Hyundai models. This strategy delivers outstanding fuel economy and performance simultaneously. At just 2,672 pounds, the Veloster base model is 410 pounds lighter than the Scion tC. Further, at just 2,877 pounds, Veloster Turbo is 125 pounds lighter than the Honda Civic Si Coupe and 95 pounds lighter than the Volkswagen GTI. This priority on weight efficiency allows the Veloster Turbo to deliver a great combination of agility, performance, and fuel efficiency.

ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY

The 2015 Veloster features a rearview camera fitted to all models for superior parking visibility. Velosters have an exceptional level of standard safety features for the sporty coupe segment highlighted by a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS).

VSM works to control two effects. The first is when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply steering assist to counter this force. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides counter steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes or fast cornering.

All Velosters feature six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Velosters also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions.

CONNECTIVITY

In the digital age, customers expect to be connected to their electronics at all times, so Velosters come standard with a multifunction seven-inch touchscreen display. At engine start-up, the screen comes to life with a Veloster image and a unique sound. There are even three interface layouts users can choose from to suit their personal taste.

Pandora® internet radio is integrated into all Velosters. The display screen has a Pandora icon to stream internet radio from an iPhone® or Android®. Pandora can also be viewed on the display screen and songs can be given the familiar Pandora thumbs up or thumbs down.

Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, via personalized radio stations.

  • According to Nielsen, Pandora is one of the top five most popular apps across all smartphone platforms.
  • Today, tens of millions of people have a deeply personal connection with Pandora, based on the delight of personalized radio listening and discovery.
  • Pandora has more than 65 million listeners throughout the United States.

Gracenote® improves how Veloster drivers access and manage their music, using enhanced voice-recognition commands in concert with an iPod®. Gracenote MediaVOCS® technology improves the accuracy of the system’s voice recognition capabilities for music search, letting drivers pinpoint artists, album and genre. For instance, Gracenote MediaVOCS® helps the system understand artist names like Beyoncé and AC/DC. For example, drivers can use “The Boss” as a voice command to access tracks from Bruce Springsteen. In addition, the song’s album cover art displays on Veloster’s touchscreen.

With video games being an important element of entertainment, Hyundai integrated an RCA cable and an available 115-volt power outlet in Veloster to support gaming consoles for ultimate gaming sessions or to watch videos on the seven-inch multimedia touchscreen when the vehicle is parked.

Veloster Turbo features a standard 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system with eight speakers including an eight-inch subwoofer, external amplifier and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. A SiriusXM® Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit and features channel logos and Data services, such as NavWeather®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker.

A Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book download and audio streaming is standard. Onboard navigation is optional. The system also integrates a rearview camera.

CONNECTED CARE AND HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®

The 2015 Veloster offers the Hyundai Blue Link® safety, service and infotainment telematics system. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like remote start, destination search powered by Google®, remote door lock/unlock and stolen vehicle recovery. In addition to these features and services, Veloster models equipped with Blue Link come standard with one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care is a suite of safety and car care features providing Hyundai owners with free proactive services including automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, monthly vehicle health reporting and maintenance alerts.

Blue Link is offered in three service packages: Connected Care, Remote and Guidance:

Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year):

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
  • Recall Advisor
  • Service Link
  • Blue Link App (smartphone)

Remote package:

  • Remote Start
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder via Mobile App
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery/Slowdown/Immobilization
  • Geofence
  • Valet Alert
  • Speed/Curfew Alert
  • Panic Notification
  • Alarm Notification

Guidance package:

  • Destination search powered by Google®
  • POI Web Search and Download

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.