Now that the Hyundai Veloster sport "coupe" is about to be unveiled (in about 15 minutes) Motor Trend has posted a gallery of photos. I loved to hear your initial thoughts. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/1101_2012_hyundai_ve...
Neat...Hyundai Veloster going after the Mini Cooper and Honda CR-Z at least in specs.
Hyundai's newfound reliability and warranty may be a major advantage. I personally love the Mini, but it does not have a good reputation for reliability.
|Base Engine||2012 Veloster||2011 CR-Z||2011 Mini Hardtop||2011 Mini Clubman||2012 tC|
|Displacement||1.6L DI||1.5L HEV||1.6L||1.6L||2.5L|
|Torque (lb.-ft.) (est.)||123@4850||128@1,000 1,750 MT||114@4250||118@4250||173@4100|
|Trans||6M or DCT||6M or CVT||6M or AT||6M or AT||6M or 6AT|
Cute, but Hyundai. They got a little more horse power than the others listed. But still, I don't think there is a person on this planet that could sell me that car. Personally I have driven many of these cars. Not a single one handles great or even nice. I may sound like the enemy of Hyundai here, but, yuck yuck yuck. If a MFG like this could create a concept that is better, more reliable and back the product they sell, to a strength greater than the existing MFG, I would look at it. No creativity. it's like the designers leaf through magazines and go. Okay here lets use this front end. ooooooh we like those doors from Porsche, Dude hey lets use Mazda's bumpers. But hey take the back end and smash it in so people will think we didn't copy anyone.
I did hear this car will be available by late July. Hyundai wants to drop me in the seat of one and let me run it on the race track, preferably Willow Springs in CA, I would be game.