A college kid in a red Veloster pulls up at a light next to a cop car. Aggressive revving starts, cops glare in disbelief, the kid looks embarrassed and perplexed. Wheels spin, smoke. The camera pans wider – there is a very small Veloster between the big cars making all the noise. Purple body, orange flames, big tires, huge exhaust – the full comic treatment.
The Hyundai Veloster is indisputably cool. It’s not often that a dream-come-true concept vehicle makes its way off of paper and onto our showroom floors, but that’s exactly what happened with this sleek hatchback/coupe. And now the Veloster has managed to up its coolness quotient yet again by aligning itself with the newly-released Marvel Studios superhero movie Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The highly anticipated 2019 Veloster may be a compact sports car but it is no small thing: its planned Hollywood debut in the Marvel sequel, Ant-Man & The Wasp, will showcase it beee-ing the ultimate getaway car.
The upcoming, second-generation Hyundai Veloster hatchback is certainly a head turner but it’s not the rumoured hybrid supercar – at least not yet. While the finer details of Hyundai’s funky hatch seem to be a best kept secret, the center-position exhausts and diffuser-style rear bumper suggest it could be a Turbo. It may very well be the big wig model until the new 2019 Veloster N appears in the three-model lineup.
The world is a cynical and sceptical place. Even so, television has conditioned us to believe that a lone chocolate bar can keep a firefighter stoked for 25 hours. We sit back and think, “yeah, that’s possible…” when the waft of burgers on the grill turns the tide at a primary school rugby game. So when the words: “Fictionalization: Professional driver on closed road. Do not attempt,” precedes Hyundai’s ad for the Veloster Turbo, you can’t help but feel they’ve somehow focussed on the wrong thing.
After all, if you tell me there’s a professional driver, on a closed road, driving a performance vehicle capable of a sizzling 150kW of power at 6000rpm and 265Nm of torque at 1750rpm … I am perfectly willing to believe they can zip over the horizon in a blink. What my disbelief-turbines have trouble with is the cheetah.
What started out as a concept car is now one of the coolest cars on the road. A hybrid between a coupe and a hatchback, the Hyundai Veloster is a winning combination of cutting edge design, ingenious engineering and state of the art technology. Ahead of its time, the Veloster marries the sporty elements of a traditional coupe with the practicality of a hatchback and the result is astounding. The Korean car giants have broken all the rules with the Veloster, or have they set new ones?
Once you have driven the Hyundai Veloster you climb out of the driving seat a little different – a changed person. Most people climb out and like the Veloster. It is a great drive, comfortable and safe. Others love it – it has a unique eyecatching design that will make you stand out wherever your are. Then there the obsessed, the ones for whom the Veloster is quite simply the greatest car ever designed and the answer to all their driving prayers. Which one are you?
Hyundai has recently announced and showed off their latest, and possibly greatest, Veloster ever: The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition.