The Year of the Horse is just around the corner, and so are 184 Korean horses, it seems. Reader Zaim Hilmi sent in this shot of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo cruising in Putrajaya. It is a registered unit with a ‘Sime Darby Motors’ emblem on the tailgate, so this isn’t one of those training units (Hyundai’s regional training centre is in Glenmarie) we occasionally see.

Previewed at KLIMS13, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo is powered by a 1.6 litre T-GDI engine with 184 PS and 265 Nm of torque, available from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. Compared to the standard Veloster’s 132 PS/158 Nm, this turbocharged coupe will have proper pace to match its striking looks. The KLIMS13 display unit was a six-speed automatic. A six-speed manual is available in the UK, but not in Thailand.

The KLIMS13 spec sheet listed a 0-100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds for the 1,330 kg car, but Hyundai UK quotes the same time for their 6 M/T version, so the auto should be a tad slower than that. We’re expecting 18-inch alloys, a glass roof, VSC and six airbags from the Veloster Turbo, which has already been spotted at JPJ Putrajaya. Shouldn’t be long now.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo at KLIMS13

Hyundai Veloster Turbo at JPJ Putrajaya