2019 Hyundai Veloster N High-Performance Model Debuts

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, Automotive Editor - July 23, 2018
2019 Hyundai Veloster

The first high-performance Hyundai to wear the automaker's "N" moniker in the United States will be the 2019 Veloster N, which was revealed to media in Germany – at the infamous Nurburgring of all places – recently. The vehicle is based off of the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster, but adds an extra level of performance to compete in the power-crazed hot hatchback segment.

We got our first look at the Veloster N at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and were impressed. Hyundai, apparently, is awfully happy with the new hatchback, as it calls it the “highest performance vehicle ever for the U.S. market.”

Starting with the important stuff first, the powertrain, the Veloster N features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That figure, while 74 more hp than the new Veloster Turbo, is a good way off of what the Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, and Volkswagen Golf R are putting out. There's some good news for enthusiasts, though, as the engine is paired to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching on downshifts.

The engine isn't the only thing Hyundai has massaged for the sporty N model. The hatchback gets unique suspension tuning for its electronically controlled suspension system that gets even sportier when the car is in “N” mode. In addition to being able to tune the suspension to their liking, drivers can also tune other components via Hyundai's “N Grin Control System.” Other modes on the new Veloster N include Normal, Sport, Eco, and N Custom.

Hyundai has fitted the Veloster N with meaty brake rotors that measure in at 13 inches in the front and 11.8 inches at the back. Drivers wanting more stopping power can opt for 13.6-inch rotors at the front and 12.4-inch components at the back.

Design wise, the Veloster N has a unique look thanks to a litany of bespoke parts, which include: a rear spoiler, a grille, LED headlights, a high-flow dual exhaust system, LED taillights, side sills, functional air ducts, and 18-inch wheels. The latter can be fitted with Michelin Pilot SuperSport summer tires. The vehicle can be fitted with 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires, too.

On the inside, the Veloster N gets special cloth sport seats with extra bolstering, a N-design steering wheel, door sill plates with the N logo, a sportier shift knob, and a unique instrument cluster. The center cluster has a progressive sequential shift indicator that lets the driver know when to shift for maximum performance.

For consumers in the US, the Veloster N will be available in Ultra Black, Chalk White, Racing Red, and Performance Blue, which is exclusive to N-branded vehicles.

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai will announce pricing and performance figures for the Veloster N closer to the vehicle's launch date, which is slated to come out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2018.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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