Hyundai Veloster N Performance Costs $30,000, Arrives in the U.S. Next Month

Hyundai Veloster N Performance Costs $30,000, Arrives in the US Next Month 1 photo
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Hyundai has released pricing for its competitive little hot hatch, the Veloster N. It's available in two flavors and will hit dealerships next month.
The base Veloster N stickers for $26,900, which is about $1,500 more than the Veloster Turbo. It's a good deal, and if you still have money left to spend, consider the Veloster N Performance for $2,100 extra. Factor in the $885 destination charge and you're left with $29,885.

That's not exactly pocket change, considering what you pay for a Golf GTI these days, and with a manual transmission only, this might not be a VW alternative. But it undercuts the Civic Type R nicely ($35,595), though the R's superior space and power figures help justify the difference.

The first N model in America comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo which in the base model makes 250 horsepower, upgraded to 275 by the performance kit. Everything is covered by a 10-year powertrain warranty. Even the base model comes pretty nicely kitted out with LED lights, 18-inch wheels, keyless start, an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of course, you also receive the N body kit with those distinctive red and black accents, N rocker panels, and a conspicuous trunk spoiler. The blue paint is also unique to this model, at least in the US.

The performance package adds more than just 25 horsepower. The big upgrades also include a limited-slip differential, butterfly valves for the exhaust and upgraded front brakes. Everything is controlled via the drive mode selector which Hyundai amusingly calls "N Grin Control." For buttery shifting, there's also a rev match feature on the manual gearbox. Even though Hyundai USA refuses to talk about this, we believe an auto is coming in about two years.

The Veloster N is not the most practical car in the world, but with 19 cubic feet of trunk space and an asymmetrical door facilitating rear access, it's not bad either.
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