VELOSTER

THE VELOSTER TURBO IS A CAR WORTH FOL­LOW­ING

FHM (Philippines) - - Contents - WORDS ASH MAHI­NAY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY IAN GUE­VARA

Hyundai’s hatch makes us all tail­gaters

As any true sports car lover will tell you, it’s those quirky bits that give a car char­ac­ter. Well, the Veloster Turbo has a load of de­sign quirks.

It has a pas­sen­ger door on the right and not on the left, which bam­boo­zled our art di­rec­tor. We like to think of it as Hyundai ac­knowl­edg­ing no one will re­ally be sit­ting be­hind the driver in a car like this (aside from it be­ing a fun de­sign stunt). Then pop the sun­roof shade back and you ba­si­cally have the most un­ob­structed over­head view short of a drop top. Also, it has some of the weird­est in­te­rior door han­dles ever, like space­ship han­dles–a good thing of course.

Get in gear and rather than roll, the dual-clutch sev­en­speed tranny likes to kick for­ward in first gear–like it can’t wait to get go­ing, the good kind of lurch­ing speed freaks crave. Don’t worry though, the gen­er­ously bol­stered seats with “TURBO” stitch­ing will keep you in place.

The 1.6-liter turbo di­rect-in­jected en­gine isn’t go­ing to win drag races, but it won’t bank­rupt you at the pump to play with its 204ps ev­ery time traf­fic clears up. It could use more noise from that sexy cen­ter ex­haust, so that’s what we’d mod first. And that brings us to talk­ing about that beau­ti­ful rear end. It’s the best-look­ing butt to come out of Korea, ri­val­ing even the booty of the best mem­bers of those K-pop girl groups.

Every­thing feels right about the Veloster Turbo. But we do have one thing to ask of Hyundai: cen­ter-mounted tachome­ter please!

Shot on lo­ca­tion at South casa, Daang hari Road, Molino, cavite face­book.com/mvp­south­casa

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