Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

Hyundai's first USA market N model leverages the outstanding, new-for-2019 Veloster platform, showcasing an even higher level of performance appealing to the most discerning of automotive enthusiasts. The two-plus-one hatchback's overall profile and proportions are similar to the outgoing model, but modernized.

Hyundai announced during its Monday, Jan. 15 Detroit auto show press conference that it would bring the Veloster N performance vehicle to the US market in 2018.

It's also available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch auto, with paddle shifters.

The suspension geometry has been radically changed relative to the standard Veloster and Veloster Turbo, and there's a hefty (but apparently "unobtrusive") strut brace for the rear suspension towers.

The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster unveiled Monday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit blends familial features from the Sonata sedan and Elantra GT wagon with its own stylish, odd-ball form.

Under the skin, the Veloster will be offered with a choice of two engines, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four cylinder running an Atkinson Cycle ignition set-up that balances performance with economy and a sportier 1.6-litre turbo charged four cylinder. Hyundai says the Veloster Turbo is equipped with Active Sound Design, which Hyundai says will enhance the engine and exhaust note.

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As for the Veloster and Veloster Turbo, Hyundai will start production in March of this year. As for the Veloster N, that's Hyundai's attempt to out-play VW's Golf GTI.

The Turbo model actually uses a smaller 1.6-liter engine with 201 hp at 6,000 rpm (estimated) and 195 lb-ft of torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm (estimated). All Veloster models are FWD and use an electronic Torque Vectoring Control system to help deliver power. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts.

Outstanding cornering is further achieved via an available electronically-controlled N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential. But still, the changes are easily noticeable: we have a tweaked front bumper with air ducts for the brakes, a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, and a bigger rear spoiler. To keep everything under control the Veloster N has optional oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear.

Every Veloster gets a standard 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while available items include a Qi wireless charge pad, an Infinity audio system, and a panoramic sunroof are available. N-design cloth-covered sports seats, a sports steering wheel and shift knob, a unique instrument cluster and Performance Blue accents showcase the interior.

Hyundai will even bring an N performance model to the US.

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