Pups Only Drive Velosters With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!

Discussion in 'Hyundai' started by xcel, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: Pups Only Drive Veloster's With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!

    Hi All:

    Basic/Intermediate Calibration fill #2.

    Top off to top off with 56.2 miles and 51.1 mpgUS displayed - 57.6 miles actual/1.046 gallons consumed = 55.07 mpgUS.​

  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: Pups Only Drive Veloster's With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!

    Hi All:

    With those two drives out of the way and a way to knock out the steady state mph vs. mpg relationship, I waited over four hours and conditions only worsened.

    Day one, the car arrives late afternoon and it is sprinkling by the time I get it setup for the first drive. Day 2 and its snowing. Day three and its blowing 30 + mph. Day 4 and we have more snow. Day 5 and the wind is blowing hard. Day 6 and the wind is blowing and now it is raining into Day 7. This could not have been a worse week for any type of calibration drives let alone the shortened ones :( The Veloster gets picked up tomorrow morning/afternoon :(

    Current conditions are just GREAT!!!

    36 degrees and raining hard. Winds from the East at 20 - 25 mph.​

  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: Pups Only Drive Veloster's With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!

    Hi All:

    Some of the interior highlights of the 2012 Veloster.

    Interior Highlights - Vanity mirror with light that shuts off automatically when you close the visor (Hyundai and Kia exclusive in my experience I think?), map lights with sunglass holder (why don’t all cars come with this nowadays vs. decontenting?), chrome highlighted vent directional, chrome highlighted vent open/close roller wheel with rubber edge. Lowlight is the inflator kit vs. spare although that is where everyone is headed now.

    2012 Hyundai Veloster

    Interior Highlights.

    Large in dash storage area with iPod and USB inputs plus (2) 12V outlets.

    Notice the chrome door opener and Star Trek looking grab handle? Pretty cool stuff.​

    The Window controls however are set to far back so you have to move your arm and hand back to an uncomfortable position to get at them.

    Soft to the touch plastic and vinyl material abound. Wait until you see the seat materials and construction in a minute. Very classy for a vehicle that starts at just $17,300 USD. $2,000 for the style package that includes the vinyl door inserts.

    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  4. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    Re: Pups Only Drive Veloster's With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!

    My 2001 Golf did that :p It's cool at first but I think it's mostly unnecessary expense for a feature which very few people will end up noticing.
  5. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think the vanity mirror lights shut off in my Prius when you either close the mirror cover or fold the whole thing back up.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    And the seats…

    2012 Hyundai Veloster

    Shoulder and headrest material highlights. 2 soft vinyl colors and textures for the headrest, outside and inside shoulder and a tough but very rich looking textured material.

    Continuing down to the seat bottom highlighting the vinyl colors and textures with better lighting and tough texture center and design.​

    While the lower and upper bolstering are far too aggressive for my tastes, I did not find myself uncomfortable after an hour behind the wheel. The various seat materials and appearance are vastly superior to anything I have sat in under $40,000 USD!

    If only all B and C-Segment vehicles had such nice interiors, we would not be talking about how cheap the “others” are.

  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I do not remember the Passat TDI having those auto switches during the Preview but then again I did not have a week in that VW either ;)

    Colin, I am not so sure? IIRC, my mom said she had accidentally left the vanity light on at some point in the past although I am not sure she even has vanity lights? I will check the next time I am over there.

    The vinyl bolsters and door inserts are a part of the $2,000 style package so it is not included with the base (to bad too) but for under $20K ($19,300 as tested), nothing I have driven provides this level of high quality interior appointments.

  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    My civic has a lid on the mirrors that switches the light on and off. This Veloster is a step up from that, in that it removes one step of the process.

    Mine = open visor, open mirror lid. Veloster = open visor.
  9. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    How do you like the panoramic sunroof?
  10. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Wayne, that Styrofoam form fit component holding the inflation kit looks like it sits in a donut spare sized well -- what's under it? could it be removed so that a spare could be added?
  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    A spare could most likely be added. I believe the Canadian Veloster comes with a compact spare instead of the inflator kit.

    Now that I get a better look at the vanity light picture, that's not what my old car had. It didn't have a manual switch, the light simply came on when the visor was down and the mirror door was opened, and turned off when the mirror door was closed or the visor was put up.
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sean:

    It sure did look like a spare wheel cutout but there was nothing there but the foam. Sure seems like the case given what Mike said?

    RPM's@60 for the stick were approximately 2,350 or almost 50 R’s under the specs calculated.

    FE at steady state? I think this one would have been a disappointment. After the second mpg vs. fuel consumed cycle, I had a negative 8.8% offset on the SG-II and while the conditions were the worst, raining, 20 mph side winds and temps in the high 30’s, I was seeing 40 mpg at just 55 mph.

    If only we had a better week of weather :(

  13. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    The foam in the tire well is a high density foam shaped to support the trunk floor above. It holds the can o' goo and a small air compressor. The foam/goo/compressor from my Elantra is in the house and in its place is a spare tire (OEM tire when the snows are on, a snow tire when the OEM tires are installed), and a lug wrench and scissor jack I bought at an auto parts store. The tire well is shaped to accommodate a full size tire so that a tire of the standard width will support the floor evenly. The kit that comes with the donut has a small styrofoam insert that rests on top of the spare and holds a small wrench and jack. My sister's KOH has that kit already installed, and the Sonata hybrid/Elantra/Veloster would likely have the same setup.
  14. spotmaxdog

    spotmaxdog New Member

    Re: Pups Only Drive Veloster's With 18" Alloys and Racing Stripes!


    Having just bought a Veloster we are a bit frustrated with it's rather low highway fuel economy and was wondering what your thoughts were on it's aerodynamics.

    We certainly have tested the "it will not roll", the car just will not maintain speed on downhills even while FASing. Are there any tweaks that I've missed that will allow the car to roll better? I have inflated all of the tires to the 45psi in hopes of maintaining more momentum but to no avail.

    In our steady state driving, we are seeing the following:

    60mph -> 40ish MPG
    70mph -> ~35 MPG
    80mph -> ~30 MPG (the engine actually is at about >75% load maintaining this speed, not efficient at all but sometimes required to keep us from being run off the road in South Carolina!)

    Is this what kind of mileage you are also seeing? Am I being spoiled by my other car (2009 Infiniti G37) being able to achieve 30 MPG @ 70mph which is above it's highway EPA? Is the Veloster a car that was built to "game" the EPA test cycle?

    Thanks for reading.

  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Terry:

    I assume you own a Veloster with a stick since you can FAS it. The AT would be a none-starter with that.

    When I had the Veloster, the weather was not cooperating so I could not perform any steady state mpg vs. mph testing unfortunately. Steady states with 15 + mph winds from any direction really skew the results and makes it hard if not impossible to provide an accurate or even semi-accurate result.

    That out of the way, the stick is rated at 40 mpg highway and any B or C-segment vehicle that can achieve its EPA at 65 mph is doing better than expected imho. A larger vehicle has more inertia and once moving, the larger and more powerful vehicles lower EPA should be easier to achieve at higher speeds.

    I hope that helps?

  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2016 Hyundai Veloster Refresh plus New Rally Edition

    It has been quite a while since we have driven a Veloster. Since the last drive in a 2013, many items have changed.

    At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled its new Veloster Rally Edition building on the Turbo R-Spec. It includes a stiffer suspension, RAYS lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-like aero accents, B&M Racing Sport Shifter, “Rally Edition” floor mats and badging plus an exclusive Matte Blue Paint.

    2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

    Inside and Out​

    The Rally Edition is a limited production run planned for 1,200 units, all in a stunning Matte Blue paint, guaranteeing exclusivity to its enthusiast owners. 2016 Veloster will be available at dealers in May 2015.

    What is really new however is the Turbo can be equipped with Hyundai’s in-house designed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that was a key to the Sonata ECOs success in the The $50 Hyundai Sonata ECO Challenge: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Rockets! drive.

    In addition, the 2016 Veloster Turbo includes a new machined-finish turbo-exclusive wheel design, a new seat design, enhanced electroluminescent gauge cluster and black headliner.

    The Veloster non-turbo receives a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, available black seats with yellow accents, revised hood appearance without fake vents, a dark gray grille surround, 10mm-wider tires fitted to 18-inch wheels, and new audio/navigation system functions (HD Radio, Apple Siri, and next-generation Blue Link).

    Hyundai’s commitment to making the Direct Injected 1.6L I4 engine efficient cis made possible by pairing it with a standard 6-speed MT or a 6-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai.

    Like all dry dual clutch transmissions, the EcoShift DCT enables direct connection for better efficiency and uninterrupted torque transfer during up and down shifts.

    2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo


    Veloster Turbo R-Spec

    The heart of the Turbo R-Spec is the direct-injected and turbocharged 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque 1.6L I4, along with unique design cues and enhanced chassis tuning. Sport suspension and steering settings have been retuned for optimum responsiveness, with higher spring rates and a more rigid transmission mount. The Turbo R-Spec offers a 6-speed MT with short-throw B&M Racing Sport Shifter for a tighter, more direct shift feel.

    New for 2016, the seat belts for the Turbo R-Spec are now red, reflecting the model’s performance intent. Inside, red leatherette bolsters with red/black cloth insert sport seats complement special embroidered-logo R-Spec floor mats for a sporty ambience. On the exterior, R-Spec badging adorns the rear hatch. Veloster Turbo R-Spec is available in three exterior colors: Elite White, Ultra Black and Pacific Blue.

    All Veloster Turbo models offer Torque Vectoring Control (TVC). TVC uses wheel speed sensors coupled with ESC algorithms to apply braking force to the inside front wheel during hard cornering. This active braking redirects power to the outside front wheel in the turn, reducing wheelspin for enhanced cornering grip and corner-exit acceleration.

    Veloster Turbo also features a quicker-ratio steering rack and a revised steering calibration to match, which gives drivers precise cornering, feedback and control. For 2016, the 18-inch alloy wheel tire width has been increased by 10mm, fitted with Kumho Solus 225/40R18 tires, designed to extract maximum performance without compromising ride.
  17. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I wanted to like this car, until I had one for a rental. It is cramped. Tiny car inside a big car's body. Beside my Fit, this feels a whole size smaller when you're in it, despite being a bigger vehicle.

    The DCT is nice though. It's like an automatic that actually does what you'd want it do instead of fighting you the whole time. I drove the 6-speed so I expect the 7 would be good as well.
  18. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Just looked
    Pups certainly has grown up!!
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    Like most of the "sports"cars whether sports or faux sports, they are all too darn cramped. :(

    Charlie, she has!


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