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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. Optional packages add a chrome grille
surround, piano black highlights, fog lights, and a massive panoramic sunroof.
In profile the Veloster features "Fluidic Sculpture" character lines,
muscular wheel arches, bodycolor door handles and mirrors, and wraparound
headlights and taillights. Veloster comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels and
offers two types of 18-inch wheels. The top-of-the-line 18-inch wheel comes with
painted inserts, a segment first.
Veloster's dynamic rear design has a
distinctive glass hatch, dual centered chrome exhaust tips and black lower
fascia that complements 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.
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 always 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's fresh take here 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.
The all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is
the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI
technology helps deliver estimated highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, lower
emissions and higher reliability.
Through the use of GDI, the Gamma
1.6-liter engine delivers an estimated peak output of 138 horsepower at 6,300
rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb-ft at 4,850 rpm. But GDI is only part of the
story as the new Gamma also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an
electronic throttle control, a roller timing chain, variable induction and
innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD)
coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.
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