Only one picture was provided by Hyundai, and the center-lock wheels definitely mean business. Lowered suspension, red brake calipers, and a few upgrades to the front bumper are a few of the other highlights. Billed as a customer-friendly builtd, the bolt-on modifications of the VelosterRaptor N are complemented by a pair of lighweight seats up front and “a digital diagnostic display” as you might find in a racing car.
What boggles the mind about this one-off hot hatchback is that Hyundai themselves used “Type R killer” in the press release, and that doesn’t sit well with the Honda crowd. The Civic Type R is arguably the most exciting front-driven hatchback on sale in the United States, and from the factory, it’s more potent than the Veloster N from 2.0 liters of displacement and a single turbo (306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque).
It’s also unnatural for Hyundai to take on the big boys in the segment even though the N performance division is all about the driving experience, not the suck-squeeze-bang-blow. Looking at the bigger picture, “Type R killer” is one way to attract crowds at the Hyundai stand in L.A. while us motoring journos scratch our heads in disbelief.
On an ending note, care to guess how much of a pricing difference there is between the Civic Type R and Veloster N with the Performance Package? The golden standard from Japan is $36,300 excluding freight while the South Korean alternative is $29,500.