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2012 Hyundai Veloster to Get 140 HP and Drive Like a 4-Pass Honda CRX

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It has been previously announced that Hyundai is working on a replacement for the Tiburon that will be sold alongside the rear-wheel-drive Genesis. In a recent interview with Inside Line, Hyundai’s President and CEO John Krafcik gave more details about the upcoming coupe.

According to Krafcik the final version will look 70-80 percent like the Veloster concept and will feature a “surprise body style.”

“It might be doors or a unique roof or something with the hatch. But it won’t be like anything out there before in the small car segment.”

Krafcik also stated that the coupe is about the same size as the Accent. “Think of it like a four-passenger Honda CRX,” he said. “It’ll be a little car you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio.”

The coupe is also expected to be powered by a direct-injection 1.6L with 140 horsepower that also returns over 40 mpg.

The official name of the coupe is still being decided.

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