The new Hyundai Veloster N represents a new beginning for Hyundai. The company is taking bold new steps into the world of performance, and the new Veloster show the performance potential of Hyundai products. For those with an eye for performance look for the N designation on Hyundai products, as those are the vehicles that will be part of the performance line up from the company.
The Veloster N comes with a 2.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine that produces up to 275 horsepower.
Hyundai is shining a spotlight on the Veloster N at the Ottawa Gatineau International Auto Show this weekend.
Electronically-controlled suspension with multiple track-tuned driving modes provide world class sports car handling.
The car was tested on the Nurburgring where car makers normally focus on achieving the fastest lap time possible. However the Hyundai team took a different approach with the Veloster N.
Hyundai senior product specialist Jean-Francois Taylor says the Hyundai team had overall performance in mind for the Veloster N, not just a low lap time.
"Sometimes shaving that last fraction of a second off a lap time means sacrificing something that can affect the way a car performs on the street," said Taylor.
THe car comes with a long list of features, include a proximity key with push-button ignition, height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split folding rear seats, automatic headlights, an LED shift-timing indicator, an intuitive 8.0-inch touchscreen display, an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system with satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Bluetooth, dual USB and one aux port, a rear-view camera with guiding lines, and drive mode selections including Normal, Eco, Sport, and track-focused N. A feature also allows custom calibration of each tunable performance setting from suspension to throttle response. The infotainment system also has performance graphics, including G force, turbo boost, torque, and power readings, suspension settings, and a built-in timer.
The only option available on the Veloster N is a $2,100 Performance Pack that ups the 2.0-liter twin-turbo-four's horsepower from 250 to 275 hp at 6,000 rpm,
In short Hyundai was focused on producing a performance car that was not only fast, but also had good handling characteristics and was a car that someone could live with day to day, with a ride that is not too harsh,, and exhaust that sounds just right and is not too loud, and is reliable and safe.
"We are in a full product revolution," said Taylor.
The result is the new Kona N, which provides just a hint of where the company is heading with performance. It's an exciting time for the company.