The Veloster N represents Hyundai’s highest-performance vehicle ever introduced to the US market. The Korean automaker’s first US-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 Veloster N offers a comprehensive degree of exterior, interior and mechanical differentiation, even beyond the Veloster Turbo and R-Spec models.
From the outside, Veloster N provides an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille with dedicated front air ducts for enhanced brake cooling. LED headlamps add a tech-focused design detail to the front visage as well. In profile, exclusive N-design rocker side sills and available lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels with a machined-finish dual-spoke star design clearly differentiate the N model from other Veloster models.
Tyres are of the ultra-high performance category, with standard 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSports for the 18-inch wheel design and exclusive-compound 235/35 R19 Pirelli P Zeros for the available 19-inch alloy wheel.
The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, a rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and a performance-diameter, high-flow dual exhaust. LED tail-lamps further accentuate the rear view lighting signature with a tech-oriented ambience.
On the inside, Veloster N offers exclusive N-design front cloth sport seats with performance-focused bolstering, N-design steering wheel, shift knob, N-logo door sill plates, and N-design electroluminescent instrument cluster. Interior details are accented by an N performance-blue accent theme.
As engine speed approaches redline, the N-design centre cluster displays a progressive sequential shift indicator, alerting the driver of an impending shift point for maximum acceleration.
Mechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2-litre, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant than the Veloster Turbo. The engine boasts up to an available 275 horsepower at 6000rpm and up to 353Nm of torque from 1450rpm to 4700rpm for responsive, thrilling performance at every RPM range.
The turbo system intercooler is isolated from the condenser and radiator for even more efficient cooling of the intake charge. The system also benefits from a two-stage induction system for maximum output at all rpm ranges. The high-performance powerplant is backed up by a close-ratio, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability.
In addition, the powertrain sports a multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spirited-driving upshifts and rev-matched downshifts. This is achieved, in part, via retardation of ignition timing specifically during throttle tip-out during sporty driving. This advanced exhaust system is further augmented with an Electronic Sound Generator that enhances the natural powertrain sound for an even sportier driving resonance between the engine and the driver.
Generous torque from the turbocharged powertrain is smoothly and efficiently driven to the tarmac by the car’s N Power Sense Axle, whose geometry features a zero-scrub radius for more precise steering, quicker response and a direct on-centre feel, with increased steering linearity. The geometry is further optimised for linear torque build-up and corner-exit precision.
The motor-driven power steering system is rack-mounted and secured at three locations for reduced flex and more direct handling, especially during high-performance driving. For even greater body rigidity and suspension precision under high dynamic cornering loads, a specially designed, unobtrusive rear strut brace reinforces the rear multi-link suspension mounting points.
The car’s unique suspension tuning is derived from a multi-mode, electronically controlled suspension with a track-focused N mode available. Outstanding cornering is further achieved via an electronically controlled torque-vectoring N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential, which improves launch performance, reduces acceleration slip understeer and increases maximum cornering speed via precise torque-vectoring.
The Veloster N also offers a wide range of driver tuning preference via its N Grin Control System drive mode selection system. Its modes include Normal, Sport, N, Eco and N Custom, differentiating engine throttle response, engine speed rev-matching, exhaust note, active differential tuning, suspension damping rates, steering feel and yaw-control characteristics. The N Custom mode allows comprehensive driving character preferences via uniquely customisable settings for each tunable driving attribute.