Hyundai has announced major power output boosts for the Veloster and Genesis Coupe at the Detroit auto show today.
Although we already knew that Hyundai was benchmark testing the Veloster with the more powerful Volkswagen Scirocco back in 2010, and that they already announced in Seoul the 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine with a new turbocharger would produce 208 hp (155 kW) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque in the Veloster, what we didn't know was how much power would be lost in the North American model due to emmission restrictions.
Well, the answer is 7, which is a neglible amount considering how much the engine has been boosted. On the US market since fall 2011, the Veloster's launch engine was the naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter GDI with 138 hp (103 kW) and 123 lb-ft (167 Nm) of torque. Now, with the new turbo 1.6 GDI announced today for the 2013 Veloster, the official number for the US is 201 hp (150 kW), only 7 hp (5 kW) less than the output rating for other international markets.
The Genesis Coupe also received some upgrades in Detroit today. However, just like the Veloster, we knew about them already from earlier debuts in international markets - particularly the exterior facelift. Nonetheless, the Genesis Coupe's 3.8-liter naturally aspirated Lambda V6 GDI engine receives a substantial 42 hp (31 kW) increase thanks to a new direct injection fuel system. Total power output increases to 348 hp (260 kW) and 29 torques more to 295 lb-ft (264 Nm) .
But perhaps even more impressive is the massive increase on the Genesis Coupe's entry level 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Due to a twin-scroll turbocharger and a larger intercooler, power output increases a whopping 64 hp (47 kW) to 274 hp (204 kW) and 53 more torques to 275 pounds-feet (373 Nm).