The South Korean brand Hyundai not only brought to the North American International Auto Show the second-generation of the quirky Veloster, but also announced the all-new Veloster N as the company’s first N Performance model for the US market.
While not all that different in terms of exterior design from the Veloster and Veloster Turbo that were also revealed at the Detroit auto show, the new Veloster N is true to the N Performance branding, and will certainly be a good fit next to the i30N model that’s already been launched – especially since just like the latter it has been developed and extensively tested at the company’s Nurburgring center. The new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N arrives with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, packing 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, delivered between 1,450 and 4,700 rpm – linked to the only transmission choice, a six-speed manual. It’s bundled with an auto rev-match system, akin to other performance models such as the Honda Civic Type R and Chevrolet Corvette.
The Veloster N also gains a “Power Sense” front suspension setup that will fight against torque steer, while the entire system is adaptive, and there’s also an electronically controlled limited-slip differential to work in tandem with the upgraded brakes and tires. Visually, the Veloster N is adorned with an exclusive N “Performance Blue” shade and arrives with new skirts, a bigger exhaust, a rear diffuser, a larger hatchback spoiler, a different front-end design and 18- or 19-inch wheels. The interior meanwhile gains cloth sport seats, along with different N enhancements and badges. Naturally, the Veloster N targets US performance models such as the Golf GTI, Civic Si, or Focus ST when it goes on sale late this year.