Article by Paul Horrell of TopGear.com.
Reviewed on Top Gear September 2012.
When the Hyundai Veloster was new, all everyone talked about was the doors. The strange and imaginative arrangement - two on the kerb side, one on the road side - raised the profile of both the Veloster and Hyundai as a whole. It also had the useful side effect of distracting attention from the car's relatively humdrum mechanical spec.
But now the Veloster comes with a turbo. So, however handy they might be for dropping the kids off at school, let's put the doors aside and look at it as budget sports coupe. The addition of a quick-responding twin-scroll blower to the direct-injection engine takes the power up to 186bhp and the torque to 195lb ft. To go with it, the wheels are up to 18-inchers, and the suspension is firmed, the steering re-geared and re-weighted, and brakes made more stout. What you'd expect.
Hyundai New Zealand is proud to announce that retired real-estate agent Vivienne Bidwell is the winner of a brand new Hyundai i30 hatchback car and the If you can start it, you can win it online competition.
General Manager Andy Sinclair says a secret delivery to Vivienne was arranged this afternoon at Napier’s Milk and Honey café and they caught it all on video.
“Needless to say, she was totally over the moon when she saw it. We couldn’t be happier for Vivienne. It’s a beautiful car for people who appreciate style and are on the go – we hope she enjoys it for years to come.”
New Zealander Rhys Millen has won the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, setting a new world record in a race-prepared Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
US-based Millen set a blazing pace to the summit, taking only 9:46.16 to complete the course, which is renowned for its tough corners and steep climbs of over 4300 metres.
Millen says his team made their own performance enhancements to the world-record-setting Genesis Coupe, the same car that set the Time Attack 2WD record in 2011 with Rod Millen, Rhys’s father, at the wheel.
The videos we have of the event is stunning, keep reading to see for yourself, and you can appreciate the pace and skill to get to the top fastest. If you are a fan of the sprint rally class, then you have to see some of these videos, they are great, plus some monster crashes at the end to keep it all real - this is a dangerous sport, not for the faint hearted!
Hyundai Motors New Zealand has announced the arrival of its all-new Veloster Turbo in showrooms, which means that we now have one to see and drive at Bowater Hyundai on Hardy Street. For those in the know, the arrival of the turbo version of this widely praised model is much anticipated as the extra kick of power gives this car a whole different purpose.
Powered by the all-new 1.6-litre turbo engine, the Veloster Turbo delivers 262Nm of torque, an increase of 60 per cent, with maximum power increasing nearly 50 per cent to 150kW. This means that the Veloster Turbo will not only turn heads but it will give you an extra thrill when you put your foot down.