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Hyundai Announces 1.6-Liter Turbo Engine

Posted in auto industry, Engines, Hyundai, News by Kurt Ernst | October 24th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

While Hyundai won’t confirm rumors of a Veloster Turbo, the company has announced the details of a recently developed 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Coincidentally, the Veloster uses a 1.6 liter engine under its hood, meaning that a Veloster Turbo announcement is probably forthcoming. That’s good news, but hot hatchback fans who wanted the 2.0-liter turbo four from the Sonata Turbo in the Veloster probably won’t be satisfied with the 1.6-liter’s specs.

The boosted 1.6-liter Gamma engine will use a twin-scroll turbo, gasoline direct injection and dual variable-valve timing to produce 204 horsepower. As with the regular 1.6-liter engine used in the base Veloster, fuel economy was also a driving force in the engine’s design. It’s way too early for Hyundai to publish specific fuel economy numbers, but we’d still expect a Veloster Turbo to top 30 mpg in highway fuel economy.

Since the Veloster only weighs around 2,600 pounds, 204 horsepower should provide a reasonable amount of thrust. For comparison, a Mini Cooper John Cooper Works weighs just under 2,700 pounds and makes 208 horsepower. Zero to sixty comes up in 6.2 seconds, so we’d expect comparable acceleration from the Veloster.

Source: Autoevolution

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2 Responses

  1. Set says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it had the same, if not better, fuel economy. If everything else is the same, a turbo should make the engine run more efficiently.

  2. Adam says:

    Maybe they don’t want to compete so harshly with the GTI? lol