2012 Hyundai Veloster has been officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While Hyundai calls the Veloster a three door coupe, the car actually has four-doors as there's two traditionalfront doors, a hatch, and a unique forward-hinged rear door which improves access to the back seat.
The Hyundai Veloster is 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, a Hyundai-first with an integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar, also uses monotube shock absorbers for ride comfort. Standard are 215/45HR17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. There are two optional 18-inch alloy wheels with lower profile 215/40VR18 performance rubber.
New Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). It's 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. It is mated to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG. Performance specifications haven't been released, but Hyundai expects the 2,584 lb (1,172 kg) Veloster will be able to return 40 mpg highway.
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