Back to Hyundai

Hyundai Sports Car reviews

view thumbnails grid view horizontal compact blog view
2021 Hyundai i20 N

2021 Hyundai i20 N

The Hyundai i20 N takes on the VW Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST with 200+ horsepower. Is the Korean hatchback a better option?

The 2021 Hyundai i20 N is the high-performance, range-topping version of the subcompact i20 hatchback. The third N-badged model from the Korean company, the i20 N joins the slightly bigger i30 N and Veloster N.

Unlike its larger siblings, the i20 N features a smaller, less powerful engine, but it looks just as mean on the outside. Does it have enough oomph to compete with popular models like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Fiesta ST? Is it a match for the new and wild Toyota GR Yaris? Let’s find out in the review below.

Read more
2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo - Driven

2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo - Driven

The Hyundai Veloster is a fun, affordable car that is positioned securely in the compact hatchback niche and, while it doesn’t rank necessarily high in terms of power, its unique style, performance, and fairly upscale interior is quite noteworthy. Currently a year into its second generation, we decided it was time to get behind the wheel of Hyundai’s fan favorite, and to our surprise, a Veloster Turbo landing in Topspeed HQ’s parking lot. This, my friends, gave us the perfect opportunity to see how the Veloster Turbo holds water against models like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic Sport Touring. This is our story after spending a week with the one and only Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Read more
2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C

2020 Hyundai i30 N Project C

The Hyundai i30 N was what we believed to be the best Hyundai could do with the i30 hatchback. After all, it was tuned and tweaked at the Nurburgring. But then, a year later, Hyundai showed up to the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show with the i30 N Project C – a limited-production, euro-only i30N that’s more

Read more
2019 Hyundai Veloster N

2019 Hyundai Veloster N

The company’s second N model is coming to the U.S.!

Introduced in 2011, the Hyundai Veloster replaced the Tiburon (known as the Coupe in other markets) in the United States. Essentially a hybrid between a hatchback and a coupe, the Veloster is available in a three-door configuration only and uses small-displacement four-cylinder engines exclusively. Offered in base and Turbo trim, the Veloster can now be ordered with the N upgrade following its second-generation redesign. The higher-performance variant crafted by the still-new N division is the first beefed-up Hyundai offered in the U.S.

Previewed by a series of concept cars with mid-engined configurations, the high-performance Veloster debuted alongside the standard hatchback at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Both boast sportier styling, new technology, and improved engines, but the N model also sports a number of aggressive aerodynamic updates, exclusive features inside the cabin, and turbocharged engine powerful enough to give the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST a run for their money.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Veloster N.

Read more
2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

2019 Hyundai i30 N Fastback

An affordable Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan?

The i30 N is the high-performance version of the Hyundai’s compact i30 hatchback. Now that it has a competitor for the popular Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai is launching an N-prepped version of the i30 Fastback model, basically creating a new niche on the affordable performance car market.

Essentially identical to its hatchback sibling, the i30 N Fastback employs the same aerodynamic package on the outside and the same extra features on the inside. Even the engine is identical, so you will benefit from both tunes if you want a sedan instead of the hatchback. The good news here, besides the diversity factor, is that there’s a chance that the i30 N Fastback might come to the U.S. Until that happens, let’s find out more about its features and performance.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai i30 N Fastback.

Read more
2018 Hyundai i30 N

2018 Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai makes a hot hatch sharpened at the ‘Ring

In 2013, Hyundai announced the launch of N Performance, a sub-brand tasked with developing Hyundai’s performance-oriented models and managing the brand’s World Rally Championship efforts. Now, four years later, we have this – the i30 N, the first production model to carry the go-faster N badge. Based on the recently launched third-generation i30 hatchback, Hyundai boasts the i30 N saw extensive development time at the Nurburgring, completing upwards of 10,000 km (6,214 miles) at the Nordschleife on its way to hot-hatch stardom. Further performance cred comes from a stint at the ADAC 24-hours endurance race (also held at the ‘Ring), not to mention Hyundai’s experience competing in the WRC. Model highlights include a turbo four-cylinder making as much as 270 horsepower, a six-speed manual gearbox, and race-bred suspension and chassis components, all of which add up to an exciting new entry in an increasingly competitive segment.

That said, Hyundai is gonna need to bring it’s A game if it hopes to stand up to such standard bearers as the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST. Clearly, the Hyundai i30 N can talk the talk, but the question remains – can it walk the walk?

Updated 07/14/2017: The Hyundai i30 N has made its official debut! Read on for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Hyundai i30 N.

Read more
2016 Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo

The limited-production model brings a number of interior and exterior enhancements to the Veloster

Hyundai wanted to make a special edition model of its sporty Veloster, and there was no better way than to start with the Veloster Series II SR Turbo +. The special edition appears to be void of any performance upgrades, but there are a number of enhancements that are exclusive to this model – a package that Hyundai claims is worth $3,000. There is a unique exterior paint, lots of painted inserts or body panel enhancements, and even a little interior work to set things off on the inside as well. Like other special edition models we’ve seen lately there isn’t anything wildly dramatic, but the SR Turbo + was already a pretty wild little hatchback with 201 horsepower anyway, so the Korean manufacturer already had a good starting foundation.

Being launched as a new model in 2011 for the 2012 model year, the Veloster has already been around for about five years and received its first mid-cycle update for the 2016 model year. With the update in 2016, we were a little disappointed to learn that, in typical Hyundai fashion, there were no power output increases for the car that just wants to dominate the hot hatch market. On the other hand, the car did receive a sporty, dual-clutch gearbox to go with its six-speed manual, so it did have that going for it.

With that said, this special edition model is based on the facelifted first-gen model, so it does feature the mild updates that came with the update. But, more important is the extras that come along with the special edition model. Let’s take a look and see what they are.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Veloster Street Turbo.

Read more
2013 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo RSPEC For Sale

2013 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo RSPEC For Sale

Relatively speaking, Hyundai hasn’t gotten a lot of love in the tuning community, with far more attention paid to products hailing from Japan rather than Korea. But sprinkled among the high-profile Toyotas, Hondas, and Subarus of sport compact culture, you can still find a few examples of Seoul’s finest. Take the above-featured Genesis Coupe: it’s got tons of tasteful exterior mods, enough in-car entertainment to satisfy the more discerning audiophiles out there, and even a little go to match the show. And now, it’s up for sale for just $32,000.

That might seem like a lot for a 3-year-old two-door, but considering the plethora of high-quality aftermarket parts, show-winning fit and finish, and 850 miles on the odometer, it starts to make sense.

The exterior has been upgraded with components that enhance the natural bodylines, rather than overruling them. In the corners, there are metal fender flares from TS Designs as created by Jon Sibal. There’s also an APR carbon-fiber splitter from APR, carbon-fiber side and rear lip kit from Seibon, custom headlights with V-LEDs, and an Atlantis Blue Metallic paint job by Auto Explosion.

Inside, you’ll find Recaro seats, Katzkin leather and suede upholstery, Takata race harnesses, and a custom harness car. BP Auto Sound did the stereo with Alpine components, including an INE-W927HD head unit, SPR-60C two-way speaker system, and two 10-inch subs. EFX was called upon for wiring.

Upping the performance specs is an AEM CAI and ARK exhaust. Brembo brakes, Whiteline sway bars, and an ARK strut bar. KW coilovers set the stance.

It’s an older car, but practically brand new in terms of mileage, and outfitted with quality parts. What a beautiful rig — a bargain at twice the price!

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo RSPEC.

Read more
2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition

To grab a piece of the hatchback market, Hyundai used its FS platform, which also underpins the Kia Forte and Pro cee’d, to launch the Veloster for the 2012 model year. In 2013, the Veloster Turbo arrived as an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Although it failed to impress against such stiff competition, the Turbo only received a mild facelift and a new, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

But while the standard Turbo and the R-Spec model carried over mostly unchanged as far as underpinnings go, Hyundai used the Veloster’s facelift to introduce an all-new trim level. Dubbed the Rally Edition, this hatch is essentially a Turbo R-Spec model fitted with a host of chassis and body upgrades, making it the sportiest member of the Veloster family as of 2016.

Don’t let the name fool you though, this hatch is far from being a rally car for the road, and it’s in no way related to the i30 WRC. However, it’s the company’s best attempt yet at creating a competitor for the Golf GTI, and for Hyundai, a step toward becoming a more important player in the segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition.

Read more
2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Launched in 2012 as Hyundai’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo has just received its mid-life facelift for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Veloster Turbo debuted in its home market in South Korea and it is just as I imagined it would be; with minor improvements inside and out and the exact same engine under the hood. If you were expecting the facelifted model to be a more potent competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it’s about time you put on your disappointed face, as the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the previous six-speed automatic to provide quicker shifts coupled with slightly better performance and fuel economy numbers. Visual enhancements are rather subdued compared with the previous model, which could mean Hyundai chose to focus on the next-generation Veloster rather than invest significantly into the current hatchback. But until the next Veloster goes out testing, let’s have a look at the car that’s supposed to keep this nameplate fresh for another three to four years.

Updated 02/13/2015: Hyundai unveiled the revised Veloster Turbo at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The model comes with lots of updates, a series of new features and a new special edition. Click past the jump to learn more about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Facelift.

Read more
2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe By Blood Type Racing

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe By Blood Type Racing

We’re steadily approaching November and everyone in the auto industry is preparing for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show; you know it as SEMA, the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show We’re getting really close and that means automakers and tuning companies are slowly beginning to unveil their SEMA-bound creations. One such tuning specialist is Blood Type Racing Inc., a Chicago-based builder that has just unveiled its new program for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Blood Type Racing, like every other tuning firm headed to SEMA, didn’t pull any punches with this Genesis Coupe. It’s about as comprehensive as it gets, complete with exterior and interior modifications, to go with engine enhancements and suspension changes. This modification setup is the type that can really transform a car like the Genesis from an everyday sports coupe into a filthy juggernaut,ready to take all comers on the road or drag strip.

It’s so insanely modded that its hard to recognize the Genesis Coupe underneath that body kit. If anything, it’s the perfect example of what a SEMA-prepared sports car should be. After all, the auto show doesn’t take too kindly to timid programs. The more flamboyant the better.

Blood Type Racing’s Genesis program certainly fits that bill.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe By Blood Type Racing.

Read more
2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

These days, Hyundai is one of the top brands. With several very good — some excellent — cars, Hyundai is now a legitimate competitor with the big boys. A major contribution to the brand’s recent success has been the Genesis sedan and coupe, introduced in 2009 and 2010, respectively. While they share the same name, both cars are vastly different. The sedan is a large, rear-drive luxury model meant to take on the best mid-level offerings from Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, while the coupe, also rear-drive, is smaller and vastly sportier, intended to sway buyers away from the Mustang, Camaro, and Nissan 370Z.

Hyundai has updated the Genesis coupe recently, and now the 2.0T produces an impressive 274 horsepower, while the big-daddy 3.8-liter, V-6 version now puts out a whopping 348 ponies. Both a six-speed manual and Hyundai’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission are available in both models.

However, according to Autoblog, the 2.0T version will be dropped for the 2015 model year. Apparently, Hyundai wants to convey a premium image, and feels the V-6 version is the only one that will cut it. I tend to disagree, as small, turbocharged (read: efficient) motors are the latest fad these days.

While the updated design for 2013, featuring upgraded power ratings and styling updates was definitely noteworthy, expect a full redesign for the 2016 model year, with V-8 power from the company’s proven TAU V-8 engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Read more
2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition

2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition

The Hyundai Veloster continues to grow up right before our eyes. First was the Turbo model, then came the R-Spec, and now Hyundai has introduced the RE:FLEX Edition, which it is limiting to only 3,000 units. Sure, it does not have the performance credentials of the other two variants, but it does add all sorts of goodies to the up-and-coming hatchback.

The RE:FLEX Edition starts off by adding in projector headlights with LED accents, LED taillights, a set of 18-inch alloys with a PVD chrome finish, chrome hood accents and door handles, some red and black "RE:FLEX Edition" badges, and a set of fog lights. The mods are not overwhelming by any means on this new special edition, but they are just enough to really make it pop, particularly the rims and door handles.

Buyers can choose from five colors, one of which is exclusive to the RE:FLEX model. These colors include Ice Pearl (exclusive to the RE:MIX), Century White, Vitamin C, Ultra Black and Boston Red. I am not a huge fan of white cars, but that Ice Pearl is pretty sharp.

Don’t go thinking the mods stop there. Nope, Hyundai then moved its focus to the cabin where it added in the Style Package, which includes piano-black accents, thumping 450-watt audio system with eight speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, alloy pedals and auto-up driver-side window. Also included are RE:FLEX Edition floor mats. Yeah, there’s nothing exclusive inside the cabin, but these extra goodies help make buying the whole package an easier pill to swallow.

Under its hood, the Veloster RE:FLEX gets the typical 1.6-liter, four-cylinder that produces just 138 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, Hyundai did add one cool feature to the drivetrain, and that’s the six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Despite the addition of the EcoShift DCT, the Veloster RE:MIX is still god-awful slow with an estimated 0-to-60 time in excess of 10 seconds. I think it’s about time to scrap the 1.6-liter engine in favor of the 2.0-liter from the 2014 Elantra Sport.

Updated 06/02/2014: Hyundai today announced prices for the Veloster RE:FLEX Edition which is now available at dealers. Prices will start from $21,650, excluding $810 freight, and includes all of the Veloster DCT Style Package equipment excluding the panoramic roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition.

Read more
2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai already revealed the new-generation Genesis sedan, but it looks like the coupe version will remain the same for at least another year. For 2014, the Genesis Coupe received only minor updates, with the biggest one being an improved six-speed manual with carbon-coated synchronizer rings, new exterior colors and some new duds on the inside.

For the exterior, Hyundai focused on adding more standard features, like heated mirrors and fog lights, and five new colors. Updates on the interior include a new cloth interior scheme, an improved navigation system, enhanced seat bolsters on R-Spec variants and Blue Link telematics with Assurance Connected Care.

As with the previous model year, the 2014 Genesis Coupe will be offered with a choice of two engines: a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a more powerful 3.8-liter V-6. They can be combined with an improved six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Prices for the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe start from $26,350.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Read more
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue

Have you forgotten what huge news it is for Hyundai to offer a rear-drive performance coupe? You are not alone.

Despite all the right ingredients on paper, the Genesis R-Spec is failing to gain the critical praise enjoyed by the Nissan 370Z. Or, sadly, the sales anywhere near the Mustang in its last year before a ground-up overhaul.

A new announcement from Hyundai for the 2013 SEMA aims to put some fire under the Coupe’s hood.

After the Legato Concept by ARK Performance, the Veloster Night Racer Concept prepared by EGR Group and the Genesis Coupe developed in cooperation by Bisimoto Engineering, Hyundai will also come with a blue beauty developed in cooperation with John Pangilinan.

Updated 11/06/2013: John Pangilinan unveiled the Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue concept today at the 2013 SEMA Show, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to add a new set of images and a new video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Atlantis Blue.

Read more
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance

Hyundai came at the 2013 SEMA show with quite an impressive lineup of concepts developed in cooperation with the best tuners out there. Along with the Veloster Night Racer Concept prepared by EGR Group and a Genesis Coupe developed in cooperation by Bisimoto Engineering, Hyundai also unveiled a new Genesis Coupe Legato Concept with help from ARK Performance.

The new concept was named after the Italian term "Legato" that means "tied together," an indication of the three things to be offered in the new Genesis: design, performance and interior ambiance.

Most of the work on the new concept took place under the hood. This is where ARK boosted the 3.8-liter, V-6 engine to 4.0-liters, thanks to Brian Crower 4.0 Stroker Kit that includes new JE pistons, a 4340 crankshaft, connecting rods and an ARK oil cooler. Following that, Ark then installed an in-house intake kit and a lightweight pulley system.

As a result of this high-end tuning, Ark took the engine from its standard 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and pushed it to a total of 400 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Though Hyundai didn’t reveal any performance number, we estimate this Genesis to hit 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds — down from the stock low-five-second range.

Updated 11/06/2013: ARK Performance unveiled today its new Legato Concept at the 2013 SEMA Show. With this occasion it unveiled a new set of images and a new video, so, enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance.

view all
Read more
2013 Hyundai HND-9 Concept

2013 Hyundai HND-9 Concept

We’ve gotta say, Hyundai’s been hitting these concepts out of the park lately. Remember the HCD-14 Genesis Concept that it introduced at the Detroit Auto Show?

Well, it followed that up with another fantastic concept that was unveiled in person at the Seoul Motor Show. It’s called the HND-9 Concept and it’s the ninth concept model developed by Hyundai’s own R&D Center in Namyang, Korea as a preview version for the next generation Genesis Coupe.

As far as the concept’s looks are concerned, the renderings points to an absolute stunning ride that has butterfly doors, a Lexus-like front profile with an aggressive nose and a dynamic wide hexagonal-shaped grille. At the back, there are definitely some hints of aggressiveness with highly stylized rear fenders, a dual twin muffler and sleek rear lamps.

Under its conceptual hood, the HND-9 is powered by a 3.3-liter turbo GDi V-6 engine that can produce 365 horsepower. This boosted engine mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The HND-9’s interior is unlike anything you’ve likely ever seen before and is almost certainly not what its resulting model’s interior will look like. It’s main focus was to offer up a modern and luxurious driving experience with its splendid lines, tasteful use of color and wild-looking steering wheel.

Updated 03/28/2013: The new Hyundai HND-9 Concept made its world debut today at the 2013 Seoul Auto Show. Hit the jump to read Hyundai’s press release.

Read more
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe GT Race Car by Austech Motorsport

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe GT Race Car by Austech Motorsport

Australian racing company Austech Motorsport has spent a large part of its time developing a GT race car based on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The team has actually been around for quite some time now and its objective has always been to provide privateers with an affordable race car that can be homologated to take part in different racing series with minimal work.

According to Austech’s website, the Genesis Coupe racer has yet to be homologated for racing use in GTE, GT3, and Grand Am classes, but Austech made it clear that the car can be raced in a number of international racing series, as well as endurance events, like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Austech designed the Genesis Coupe GT Race Car with an emphasis placed on strength and serviceability of its components, allowing engineers to be able to work on the car with minimal hassle. That being said, there’s some acknowledgement due for a company that takes the time to develop a car specifically for racing use.

This Genesis Coupe carries a 5.0-liter V-8 engine and can produce anywhere between 470 to 520 horsepower, depending on the category restrictions for each racing series. Torque peaks out at 368 pound-feet. Austech also fitted the Genesis Coupe with a 100-liter (26.4-gallon) fuel tank capacity and a sequential shifting gearbox.

The Genesis Coupe race car looks the part of an affordable entry to a racing series, and according to Austech, will be available to race beginning in the 2013 season with a price of €280,000 ($370,860 at the current exchange rates).

view all
Read more
2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

Oddly named as it is, the Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster looks pretty darn awesome. The product of the company’s own Hyundai Product Quality Engineering, this Veloster Turbo concept proves that these fellas know a lot more than just "ensuring vehicle quality and customer satisfaction prior to vehicle launch and tracking the results after."

What they wanted to do with this SEMA concept was to build an honest track vehicle that could be driven to and from the track. The first thing they worked on was to make sure that the car looked the part of a track-ready racer. That involved dressing up the car in a custom Sprint Gray and Orange Rally-inspired paint scheme. From there, they customized the front fascia to include a fabricated mesh grille and four rally-inspired fog lights. Meanwhile, the rear fascia was also taken care of to include backup lights that have been integrated into the exhaust finishers. Rounding out the exterior upgrades is a carbon-wrapped sunroof and the new set of 18" custom painted Work Emotion 11R Wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with Blox Racing Street Series forged aluminum lug nuts.

Inside, the Veloster’s interior was fully customized by Katzkin to include an integrated rear strut brace and tire rack, a carbon fiber sunshade, interior LED lighting under the dash and over the rear cargo area, and color-matched floor jack, jack stands, and tire iron. Meanwhile, audio and electronics were taken cared of courtesy of a custom-mounted Nexis 7 tablet and Palmer Performance dash command gauges.

As far as performance goes, this Veloster Turbo Concept received plenty of upgrades, highlighted by an AEM water/methanol injection kit, a custom cold air intake, and a Perma-Cool auxiliary oil cooler. Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs, a custom steering calibration, and Sachs tuned struts and shocks were also added for stability purposes. Finally, Hawk HPS racing pads, Goodridge stainless brake lines, front camber bolts and rear CTBA spacers, an H-Fit.com custom short shift Adapter and hard mounts, and a custom cold air intake with a K&N air filter round out the pretty extensive modifications done on the Veloster Turbo’s performance credentials.

Read more