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Hi everyone!

As of 2 days ago, I am now the proud owner of a 2020 Veloster N and I don't think I could be happier with my choice. Here's a quick rundown of my last couple of weeks..

I've been looking into getting a new car for a few months. Originally I wanted a used Tesla Model 3, but found out it's a sellers market and buyers be damned if they want a decent deal - so I opened my mind up a little bit. I went to Honda and test drove a Civic Sport Touring Hatchback. I liked it, but the car lacked any sort of oomph. I negotiated to 29k out the door, but was still hesitant to pull the trigger. I looked at other brands (like Toyota.. I like the Camry TRD and Corolla Hatch and 86 GT, but they didn't get my attention.. just a lot more of the same thing like the Honda. Subaru, VW, Nissan.. just "meh" to me) Then I looked at Hyundai, which I originally brushed off, til I saw the Veloster N. I briefly looked into it and planned to visit Hyundai and Toyota in the same day (on Sunday).

Went into Hyundai and immediately fell in love. This was an extremely rare case where I didn't have enough time to do more research, but immediately knew the VN was my car. I don't go on impulse but the VN is something incredibly special. We took it for a test drive and I was hooked. TBH, i'm still shocked at the price point for what the car actually is.

I decided not to visit Toyota and negotiated with my local Hyundai dealer. They wanted 33,500 out the door. They gave me the old "this is the best deal in the valley you aren't gonna find a better one blah blah" spiel. I walked away to think about it, got home and went to TrueCar. Best decision I made.. My phone blew up with calls from different dealers. After some back and forth, and narrowing down to two dealers, I ended up finding a 15 mile (literally, 15 miles), white Veloster N with Performance and negotiated to 31,900 out the door. Includes 3 years maintenance and the 2.9% APR for 60 months. Drove 40 minutes to the dealership and happily took the car :D


The funny thing is.. I walked into the Veloster N by complete accident. I had no clue this car existed until Sunday. But i'm so glad I did, because for the price, I don't think there is any other new car that comes close to matching it. What Hyundai did here is nothing short of a miracle. And I can say, this is the first import I've ever owned. Like the title states, i'm coming from a 2014 Camaro SS 1LE. Before that I had a 2002 Trans Am WS6.

That all being said, I had a couple of questions I wanted to ask you all! I'm still learning the ins and outs of how the Veloster N operates.

1. Is there a way to default the car to keep an open exhaust at all times?
2. MODS! What mods should I look into doing? I read some back and forth regarding CAI on these cars but didn't see a solid answer
3. The Popping! How do I get it to pop? I'm not going above 4k RPM (like the manual says during break-in) so maybe that's why I haven't heard anything yet. I've played in N mode though.
4. Anything else I should know?

Thanks all! Can't wait to get back on the road.
 

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Great Story. I'd love to hear more about what you think compared to the Camaro.

1. Maybe you can open the actuators and disconnect the cables that control them, no experience, just an idea.
2. I have no recs yet, but I plan to do Intake, Sixth turbo inlet, bomba short shifter w/bushings, and a firmer rear motor mount/bushing.
3. I think you're gonna need a warm engine and get around 5-6kRPM
4. I'm still new to it, so I'm also looking for info.
 

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Great Story. I'd love to hear more about what you think compared to the Camaro.

1. Maybe you can open the actuators and disconnect the cables that control them, no experience, just an idea.
2. I have no recs yet, but I plan to do Intake, Sixth turbo inlet, bomba short shifter w/bushings, and a firmer rear motor mount/bushing.
3. I think you're gonna need a warm engine and get around 5-6kRPM
4. I'm still new to it, so I'm also looking for info.
Thank you! I'd be happy to list my experiences with the two cars when I have more experience with the N.. My immediate thoughts are rather scrambled. Comparing a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 in a 4000 pound car, to a 2800 pound turbo 4 (something I have zero experience with), it's mind opening to me.

I'd like to do intake, and i've heard turbo inlet is also good for 10+ HP. Can't wait to see what responses we get!
 

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Afe intake + downpipe along with a Forge turbo inlet (or maybe sxth as mentioned above if they make one) should be a good combo. Rear motor mount or bushings is also a good recommendation, wheel hop is pretty intense. Forge/Wagner/Sxth intercooler will help a lot, not necessarily adding power but heatsoak is a problem. Lighter 18" wheels also suggested.

If you want to turn up the boost people have had luck with jb4 or could look at sxth reflashes but these should only really be done if warranty is not a concern.
 

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I would highly recommend looking into a short shifter, I personally got the boomba racing one and couldn’t be happier. Coming from an s2000 where the shifts are just perfect I wanted to upgrade the shifter feel and the boomba racing shift plate helped a ton! Also look into getting a motor mount. It does make the car a bit more “rough” feeling but I personally love that feeling. I’ve always driven cars that weren’t comfortable haha (previously had an integra GSR, Subaru STI, Honda S2000 and now the Veloster N) but then again I’m 23 so idk I don’t mind the added “roughness”. In order to make the car “pop” you have to give it gas then let go (usually pops above 4K rpm) and it has to be in N mode or N custom with the exhaust sound in the highest setting. Also be careful with the potholes out there if you have a Performance Package! They blew my sidewall on my thin 19 inch tires with just 1,000 miles (only like 1 month and a half old)
 

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Afe intake + downpipe along with a Forge turbo inlet (or maybe sxth as mentioned above if they make one) should be a good combo. Rear motor mount or bushings is also a good recommendation, wheel hop is pretty intense. Forge/Wagner/Sxth intercooler will help a lot, not necessarily adding power but heatsoak is a problem. Lighter 18" wheels also suggested.

If you want to turn up the boost people have had luck with jb4 or could look at sxth reflashes but these should only really be done if warranty is not a concern.
It was the Forge turbo inlet I was referring to. I think the red color made me think of Sxth.
Do you have the Afe intake? How do you like it?
 

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you made a great choice .
The pops and bangs will not happen unless the engine / exhaust is in sport plus and is fully warmed up .
 

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It was the Forge turbo inlet I was referring to. I think the red color made me think of Sxth.
Do you have the Afe intake? How do you like it?
I don't have it, it just looks to be the most promising design on paper and should fit the Forge inlet. It might not give as much sound as some others on the market but flow + iat's should be as good as is out there. Some also suggest stacking the Velossa Tech big mouth with it but I probably won't.
 

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Nomad17 Gengas The AFE CAI isn't out yet but look at what they're claiming https://www.genracer.com/afe-takeda...MIyfqmyOq65wIVkvhkCh1LCQy3EAQYASABEgJOpfD_BwE it outflows factory by 37%? They're saying it's good for 15hp gains. That's crazy! The design looks bullet proof.

I live in arid Arizona, how bad of a problem is heatsoak? This tiny thing has wheel hop?? Appreciate the recommendations!

Canadia_N_ Thanks!

Chriz619 It's amazing.. when I have time i'll write a comparison, but the shifter in my Veloster puts the one in my Camaro to shame. The clutch bite just isn't the same, and Chevrolet in their infinite wisdom decided it would be brilliant to put the cupholder immediately behind the stick, which leads to same way more awkward shifts than the Veloster with the center armrest.

I just found out that Sport & N are two completely different modes, and they do not compliment each other LOL. My bad. Still learning. I'll also watch out for the potholes! Thank god I know my streets and the cities I visit take care of their roads. Except Phoenix and some other areas can be bad.

Honestly i'm thinking about CAI and Turbo Inlet for now. Might revisit some other ideas like Intercooler and short shifter later down the road, once I get some mileage on the VN.
 

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Had another chance to play in N mode a little today. I haven't heard my exhaust pop once since I took it from the dealer. I fear something might be wrong somewhere. The exhaust opens up fine..? What gives?
 

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Make sure your car is warm, at least the orange lights are off from your rpm, also you gotta give it gas past 4K rpm then instantly let go, I remember when my car was breaking in it didn’t “pop” much either And I thought something was wrong (but too be honest I wouldn’t try to make it pop but after the break in and changing out the oil I went for a drive, warmed my oil up and revved it a couple times and it was popping, now my car in “N mode” or N custom with the exhaust in sport plus always pops and burbles when I coast under 4K rpm. I think I read somewhere that someone’s valve wasn’t opening but since you say your valve is opening I say just wait past your break in to see what happens. If it still doesn’t pop after I would go get it checked at the dealership.
 

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Make sure your car is warm, at least the orange lights are off from your rpm, also you gotta give it gas past 4K rpm then instantly let go, I remember when my car was breaking in it didn’t “pop” much either And I thought something was wrong (but too be honest I wouldn’t try to make it pop but after the break in and changing out the oil I went for a drive, warmed my oil up and revved it a couple times and it was popping, now my car in “N mode” or N custom with the exhaust in sport plus always pops and burbles when I coast under 4K rpm. I think I read somewhere that someone’s valve wasn’t opening but since you say your valve is opening I say just wait past your break in to see what happens. If it still doesn’t pop after I would go get it checked at the dealership.
Thank you! I'll wait til after break in to see if anything isn't working as it's supposed to. The dealership is supposed to call me in the next week or so due to some scratches on the trunk when I bought the car, that might be helpful.
 
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