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Without a doubt the all-new Veloster N stands out from the Veloster model line up and among its current rivals. Exterior design is a big part of this and the first of its kind from Hyundai that's helping to kick off N-design features we'll hopefully see more of in other models. Here, N Badging can be found on the grille, front brakes, side skirts and more. Color options such as Performance Blue, Ultra Black, Chalk White and Racing Red outline in some areas by red trim give it much needed character. Complementing all of this is the available 19-inch dual-spoke star design wheels sitting on sticky 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.
Source: Hyundai USAFrom 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. Tires are of the ultra-high performance category, with standard 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot SuperSport summer tires for the 18-inch wheel design and exclusive-compound 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires for the available 19-inch alloy wheel.
The rear of the Veloster N sports a larger N-design rear spoiler, rear fascia design with integrated diffuser, and performance-diameter, high-flow dual exhaust. LED tail lamps further accentuate the rear view lighting signature with a tech-oriented ambience.
A similar approach can be found on the inside that highlights on the strengths of this next generation Veloster. Although here its more function than form, and we couldn't be happier. N-design racing seats with bolsters that keep you planted in tight turns and enhance interior aesthetics. Up front is a special N-design steering wheel with a Performance Mode selector to choose: Normal, Eco, Sport, N or your own customizable mode. Other exclusive N-design features include a sill plate, performance blue accents, instrument cluster, shifter and more.
Source: Hyundai USAOn 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 center cluster displays a progressive sequential shift indicator, alerting the driver of an impending shift point for maximum acceleration. N-brand metallic door sill scuff plates greet the driver as they approach the driver seat.
Powertrain was configured well although some ares can be improved. For now we couldn't be happier to start with a baseline of a 275-horsepower/260-torque 2.0L turbocharged inline-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Most impressive of all is the torque curve that comes in strong at 1,470 rpm and peaks around 4,700 rpm, soon after that at 6,000 rpm is where all 275 horses start flatlining. Regardless of where and how you drive the Veloster N, the close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability creates an engaging experience. Finally, Performance Modes help tailor all of this to your individual needs.
Source: Hyundai USAMechanically, Veloster N offers a larger 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant over the Veloster Turbo. The engine boasts up to an available 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (estimated) and up to 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,700 rpm (estimated) 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 engine compression ratio is 9.5:1, high for a turbocharged engine. The high performance engine is backed up by a close-ratio, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with downshift rev-matching capability. The transmission uses carbon-coated synchro rings and gear material reinforcement for smoother operation and lower overall shift force coupled with a positive engagement feel. The Veloster N clutch also utilizes a double-layer facing clutch disc design for increased burst strength and torque 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.
Carving corners will be fun once equipped with the right available gear and put through its paces. Helping to make that happen is the electronically controlled limited slip differential (E-LSD), Performance Modes that change the suspension tuning profile and of course those sticky Pirelli P-Zero Summer tires wrapped around lightweight 19-inch alloys. Digging into the details we see other improvements like the power steering system with reduced flex and more direct handling, a load-transfer control system for reduced roll/pitch/dip, and precise torque-vectoring to go harder in and out of turns.
Source: Hyundai USAGenerous torque from the turbocharged powertrain is smoothly and efficiently driven to the tarmac by an N Power Sense Axle design. Veloster N’s Power Sense Axle geometry features a zero-scrub radius for more precise steering, quicker response, and a direct on-center feel, with increased steering linearity. The geometry is further optimized for linear torque build up and corner-exit precision. Roll angle is also decreased due to a shorter roll-moment arm, resulting in enhanced grip. 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.
Unique suspension tuning is derived from a multi-mode electronically-controlled suspension with a track-focused N mode available. The suspension uses a load-transfer control system that reduces dive during braking, enhances roll control during cornering and reduces rear suspension compression under hard acceleration.
Outstanding cornering is further achieved via an available electronically-controlled torque-vectoring N Corner-Carving Limited-slip Differential. The N Corner Carving Differential improves launch performance, reduces acceleration slip understeer and increases maximum cornering speed via precise torque-vectoring.
Veloster N offers a wide range of driver tuning preference via its N Grin Control System 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. N Custom mode allows comprehensive driving character preferences via uniquely customizable settings for each tunable driving attribute.
Although derived from a much more tame product that targets an entirely different customer demographic, it seems the brake setups offered bring adequate stopping power but not aiming too high to impact production cost. For the average consumer doing mostly city/highway driving, the standard 13-inch front and 11.8-inch rear setup will do. But, real confidence and performance when putting the Veloster N through its paces come with the the optional oversized (and attractive) 13.6-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotor setup.
Source: Hyundai USAVeloster N available braking offers oversized 13.6-inch performance rotors on the front axle and 12.4-inch rotors on the rear, for confident, heat-dissipating braking performance coupled with a firm pedal feel. Standard Veloster N brake rotors are 13.0 inches in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear.