That’s a big ‘NO’ for Veloster N

Riley Riley

Hyundai has taken the wraps off a high performance version of the Veloster at the Detroit motor show.

But at his stage it’s not destined for Australia.

Veloster N offers a comprehensive degree of exterior, interior and mechanical differentiation that takes it beyond the Turbo model.

It does however share a drivetrain with the i30 N which is probably why we won’t see the car.

Given the choice the hatch is more practical and a more direct competitor for other hot hatches out there, so if anything it is likely to cannibalise sales from Hyundai’s own i30.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to dream . . .

The 2.0 litre direct-injected turbocharged engine delivers 202kW at 6000 rpm and up to 353Nm of torque from 1450-4700 rpm (378Nm available through overboost).

It’s paired with a close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability.

A multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator delivers the appropriate snack, crackle and pop.

Setting the car apart is an exclusive N-design front fascia and grille with dedicated front air ducts for enhanced brake cooling, plus exclusive N-design rocker side sills.

The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and big bore high-flow dual exhaust.

The car rides on 18-inch or optional 19-inch alloys with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zeros.

Inside other N-design touches help to further differentiate the car.

As the revs approach redline, the N-design centre cluster displays a progressive sequential shift indicator, alerting the driver of an impending shift point for maximum acceleration.

A wide range of driver tuning preferences are accessed via the N Grin Control drive mode selection system.

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.

Hyundai says at this stage Veloster N is looking unlikely for Australia as the car is left-hand drive only, aimed at Korea and the USA markets.

“There are no current plans for right-hand drive production, but we are in discussions with head office,” a spokesman said.


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