It seems like an eternity since Hyundai announced its new N performance brand, which caused concern that there may be no U.S.-spec N-brand vehicles. We can all take a collective sigh of relief as Hyundai has released the official details on the first U.S.-prepped N model, the 2019 Veloster N.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N rides atop the freshly redesigned Veloster platform that is more capable than ever, giving it a great base to start with. On this platform, Hyundai tosses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out an estimated 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, putting it firmly between the 252-horsepower Focus ST and 292-horsepower Golf R. Backing up this powerplant is a six-speed manual transmission that boasts a short-throw shifter and rev-matching tech.
Keeping the 2019 Veloster N surefooted are chassis updates like the Power Sense Axle that has a zero-scrub radius for precise steering, quicker turning, and a more positive on-center feel. This system also enhances linear torque buildup and corner exit precision. Pairing with this is a multi-mode electronically controlled suspension, a limited-slip diff, and performance brakes with rotors up to 0.6 inches in diameter larger than the standard Veloster
Rounding out the 2019 Veloster N is a relatively tame design that includes an exclusive grille; front air ducts, LED headlights, N side sills, a large rear spoiler, an integrated rear diffuser, high-flow dual exhaust, unique LED taillights on the exterior, 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin and Pirelli tires, respectively. Inside, this hot hatch gains N-design front cloth seats with bolsters, an N steering wheel and shift knob, N-logo door sill plates, an N-design electroluminescent instrument cluster, and blue N-design accents.
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N will be available in four colors: Ultra Black, Chalk White, Racing Red, and N-exclusive Performance Blue. Its production will kick off in September 2018 and will land on American soil in the fourth quarter of 2018. Prices will come later — stay tuned.