Its sighting reaffirms Hyundai U.S. chief John Krafcik’s comments that the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo will debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next January.
It will share the spotlight with another anxiously awaited Hyundai product, the refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
A turbocharged version of the standard Veloster’s 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine should deliver upwards of 204 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, putting the Veloster Turbo in prime Volkswagen GTI and MINI Cooper John Cooper Works territory. The standard model puts out just 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.
The prototype also appears to pick up a new exhaust system, with circular dual tips replacing the squarer shaped ones on the standard model. Aggressively styled bumpers and flared wheel arches also dominate the prototype. Expect huge intakes and a nasty exhaust growl to accompany the new Veloster Turbo when it finally arrives.
Hyundai isn’t giving us release dates just yet but we’d expect to see the turbocharged Veloster on dealer lots by mid-year 2012. In the meantime, click here for all the details on the regular 2012 Hyundai Veloster.