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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec: Offbeat 3-door strips down

By Tony Swan, Contributing Editor on November 22, 2013 4:32 PM
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Based on the assumption that some enthusiast buyers might prefer to personalize their vehicles to their own tastes, Hyundai will offer a special R-Spec edition of its cheeky Veloster Turbo, the fourth member of the company's performance-oriented R-Spec series. Distinguished by a red stripe at the base of its front splitter and along the rocker panels, the R-Spec is a "tuner-oriented package," according to Hyundai, with firmer suspension tuning and stiffer transmission mounts. Other distinctions include a B&M sport shifter, a quicker steering ratio with sportier feel, and torque vectoring that can transfer engine power from one front wheel to the other to optimize traction. Hyundai engineers have also raised the threshold of the R-Spec's stability control intervention.

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R-Spec badging and floor mats will round out the package. And like the standard version, the R-Spec will be propelled by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder rated for 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. To make the R-Spec package available with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,895 -- some $1,000 less than the standard Veloster Turbo -- the product team also deleted some elements from the car's list of features. Black cloth seats with red vinyl trim replace the leather-clad seats in the standard Veloster Turbo, no seat heaters, no auto-up feature on the driver's power window, no turn signal repeaters in the side mirrors and no piano black dashboard surfaces. Also absent: electroluminescent instruments and push-button start.

The Veloster Turbo R-Spec is due in Hyundai showrooms in February.

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