Hyundai’s new N high-performance brand is announcing its entry into the United States with the unveiling of the 2019 Veloster N, its first N model for the US market, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
Developed at Hyundai’s global R&D center in Namyang, South Korea, and refined at its Nurburgring-based testing site in Germany, the new Veloster N boasts of a number of design details that differentiate it from the Hyudai Veloster line. As a high-performance iteration of the Veloster, it is served by a more powerful engine matched by an electronically-controlled suspension. According to the South Korean carmaker, the Veloster N was developed to deliver thrilling cornering ability, everyday sports car drivability as well as race track capability.
Hyundai worked hard to differentiate the Veloster N from the Veloster Turbo and R-Spec models, and achieved this through an array of exterior, interior and mechanical elements. For instance, the Veloster N sports an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille, as well as front air ducts for better brake cooling. On the rear, the Veloster N dons a larger N-design rear spoiler. It also features a new rear fascia design with integrated diffuser as well as a high-flow dual exhaust.
On the sides, the Veloster N sports N-design rocker side sills and 18-inch wheel design, but could be specified with the available 19-inch alloy wheels with a machined-finish dual-spoke star design. The 18-inch wheels are wrapped in standard 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSport summer tires, while the available 19-inch alloy rims are hugged by exclusive-compound 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.
Inside, the Veloster N is differentiated from other Veloster models through exclusive N-design front cloth sport seats, N-design steering wheel and shift knob, as well as N-design instrument cluster and N-logo door sill plates. The cabin of the new Veloster N is accented by an N performance blue accent theme.
In terms of mechanicals, the Veloster N is powered by a 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged engine that delivers 275 hp of max output at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 1,450 rpm and 4,700 rpm. This high performance engine is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability, as backed by a double-layer facing clutch disc and a multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator.
The new Veloster N employs the so-called N Power Sense Axle design, which has axle geometry that offers a zero-scrub radius to deliver more precise steering, quicker response as well as a direct on-center feel, with increased steering linearity. It also employs a rack-mounted motor-driven power steering system that is secured at three locations for reduced flex and more direct handling. The model’s N Grin Control System offers Normal, Sport, N, Eco and N Custom modes.
Deceleration, meanwhile, comes courtesy of standard Veloster N brake rotors measuring 13.0 inches on the front and 11.8 inches on the rear, while oversized 13.6-inch performance front rotors and 12.4-inch rear rotors are available. At launch in the US, the new Veloster N could be finished in any of the four available exterior colors: Chalk White, Racing Red, Ultra Black and N-exclusive Performance Blue.
Hyundai will commence production of the Veloster N in September 2018 in Ulsan, South Korea, and will start sales in the US in the fourth quarter of 2018.