The second product coming from Hyundai N, after the i30 N, is the performance variant of the new Veloster that was presented today at the Detroit Auto Show.
It uses the same engine as the hot hatch, a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that boasts 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet (353Nm) of torque, and works together with a six-speed stick shift.Hyundai hasn’t released any performance specs yet, but it’s clear that the new Veloster N should come pretty close to the i30 N’s 0-62mph (100km/h), which takes 6.1sec in its range-topping form.
The new Hyundai Veloster N should be pretty fun to drive on a twisty road, as it gets optimized geometry for linear torque build-up and corner-exit precision, decreased roll angle, unobtrusive rear strut brace that reinforces the rear multi-link suspension mounting points, and a special track-focused N driving mode.
An electronically controlled limited-slip differential improves the grip furthermore, whereas stopping power comes from the 13-inch front and 11.8-inch rear brake discs, with 13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear ones available.
Looking at the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N from the outside reveals chunkier front and rear bumpers, different grille and side skirts, the roof-mounted spoiler, and rear diffuser that houses the dual exhaust pipes.
Buyers will be able to choose between four exterior colors in the United States, called Ultra Black, Chalk White, Racing Red, and N-exclusive Performance Blue, alongside 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 225/40 Michelin Pilot SuperSport or 234/35 Pirelli P-Zero rubber, respectively.
Exclusive front sport seats, special steering wheel and shift knob, N-logo door sill plates, N-design instrument cluster, and blue accent theme remind users of the car’s sporty character inside.
Hyundai will launch the 2019 Veloster N in the United States in the fourth quarter of the year, and all cars will be assembled in Ulsan, Korea, from September 2018.