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Scorching Hyundai Veloster N joins revised model in Detroit


Launched back in 2011 as one of its most radical new models, Hyundai has taken the covers off the updated Veloster at the North American International Auto Show, with the star attraction being the new N performance model.

Veloster & Veloster Turbo

Commencing production at Hyundai's Ulsan Plant from March, the Veloster retains its predecessor's quirky 2+1 door configuration, but in a new sharper suit highlighted by a new grille, optional full LED headlights, wider functioning air intakes on the flanks of the front bumper, lower roofline, more flared wheel arches, updated rear facia and new alloy designs with sizes up to 18-inches.

It is also new inside with a asymmetrically designed interior featuring a selection of colours and materials depending on the spec level, with the biggest highlight being a free-standing seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system or the up spec eight-inch unit with satellite navigation.

In addition to a new wireless smartphone charger and Heads-Up Display, Hyundai has also upped the Veloster's list of safety tech with items now including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Cross Traffic Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Along with a new Torque Vectoring system standard on all models, Hyundai has applied a number of touches to the Veloster's range of powerunits with the base 1.6-litre normally aspirated mill making way for the widely used 2.0-litre Nu that develops 110 kW and 180 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard and a six-speed automatic optional with three drive modes on offer; Normal, Sport and Smart.

Carried over from the previous model, the 1.6-litre T-GDI serves as flagship motor in the Veloster Turbo and again produces 150 kW and 265 Nm of torque, mated to either the aforementioned manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch 'box.

A further new addition is Active Sound Design which Hyundai claims "enhances intake and exhaust powertrain sound character inside the cabin for a more visceral driving experience". Unique to the Turbo is a quicker steering rack and recalibrated steering, as well as revised suspension and in the case of the manual model, 18-inch alloy wheel wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

Veloster N

The second model after the i30 to form part of Hyundai's N performance division, the Veloster N's takes more than a couple of styling touches from its hatchback sibling, and boasts a N specific front and rear facia with wider air ducts optimised for better brake cooling, 18-inch alloy wheels or optional 19-inches shod in Pirelli PZero rubber, integrated rear diffuser, N door sills, dual exhausts and a choice of four US market colours, including the exclusive Performance Blue derived from Hyundai's Motorsport department.

Underneath its skin, the Veloster N receives the same rack mounted motor driven electric power steering system as the i30 N, as well as the five mode N drive selector (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom), sports tuned suspension, Corner Carving Limited Slip Differential with Torque Vectoring and optional performance brakes. The unique N touches continue inside with a N design steering wheel, cloth sport seats with N badging, N branded door sills and instrument cluster, N shift knob and N performance blue inserts.

Up front, the Veloster N gets the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the i30 N that pumps out 202 kW and 353 Nm of torque, connected solely to a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching downshifts. No performance figures have been revealed, but expect it to rival the i30 N's limited top speed of 250 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

Like the standard Veloster, production of the N will commence at the Ulsan Plant albeit in September, with local availability of both still to be announced.

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