The hot-hatch has finally decided to show its prowess here in the States

The all-new Veloster will be introduced to the world at the Thunderhill Raceway track in Northern California, before its official market launch later this year. What makes this Veloster special is that it’s the first ‘N’ model from the South Korean brand here in the U.S. The Veloster N has been developed at Hyundai’s facility at the Nurburgring, and it poses a serious threat to the hot-hatch market.

The Hyundai Veloster N Is a Performer

The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus Exterior
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The Hyundai Veloster N will be offered in four different exterior colors: Racing Red, Chalk White, N-exclusive Performance Blue, and Ultra Black. The automaker claims that the Veloster N will be the perfect blend of a daily-commuter and a truly fast car that offers driving thrills to satisfy that adrenaline rush in you.

It is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder that produces 250 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Opt for the performance package, and you can get 25 extra ponies and 15 extra pound-feet of torque. The Veloster N is offered with a six-speed manual transmission system only, and it includes a rev-matching function perfect downshifts. The automaker says that Veloster N will deliver 22 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
POWER: 250 or 275 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE: 260 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
RANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
WHEELBASE: 104.3 in 104.3 in
LENGTH: 167.9 in
HEIGHT: 54.9–55.1 in
WIDTH: 71.3 71.3
PASSENGER VOLUME: 91 cu ft
CARGO VOLUME: 20 cu ft
CURB WEIGHT 3000–3100 lb (est)
Zero to 60 mph: 5.3–5.4 sec (est)
Zero to 100 mph: 12.3–12.5 sec (est)
Standing ¼-mile: 13.8–14.0 sec (est)
Top speed: 155 mph (est)
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/28 mpg

Hyundai Veloster N Chassis

The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus Exterior
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The Veloster N features Hyundai’s ‘N Power Sense Axle’ design, which features a zero-scrub radius for quicker response, more precise steering inputs, and a more direct feel. The suspension setup is electronically-controlled to reduce nose-dip during hard braking and body control during cornering.

The high-performance car also offers an active exhaust system that roars and grunts when N mode is activated.

To enhance and amplify this all the more, there’s also an Electronic Sound Generator. Power can be sent to the ground via an optional torque-vectoring limited-slip differential.

Final Thoughts

The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus Exterior
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It will be interesting to see how the Veloster N will fare in the U.S. Being the first performance model from the South Korean’s stable; there will be skepticisms and apprehensions. Do you think the car will be a hit? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further reading

The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Veloster.

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