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.