2020 Hyundai Veloster N Review by David Colman +VIDEO
This is the performance deal of 2020
By David Colman
Special Correspondent to THE AUTO CHANNEL
Ultra sticky (TW 280) Pirelli P Zero "HN" tires (235/35R19) are made specifically for the Veloster N's available Performance Package. These gumballs suction the Veloster to the pavement without so much as a squeal. This little 2,795 lb coupe changes direction faster than a crab on steroids. Oh yes, that soup. Well, it probably erupted from the confines of its container after the first 1.0g turn. By the end of trip there was some cleaning to do, but believe me, the driving experience was worth every errant noodle.
Soon afterwards I discovered that I hadn't even maximized the full potential of the N. The stubby, fat rimmed steering wheel offers two large flip switches mounted below its horizontal spokes. The left side controls driving mode (Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+). I had instinctively selected "Sport+" for the drive home from Costco, thinking that was the hot setup for back road bashing. After some investigation later, I realized that the paddle under the right spoke labeled "N" and identified with a checkered flag was the real key to converting the Veloster from an okay sports sedan to a racecar in one fell swoop.
After just one year of competition, the TCR version of the Veloster N street car has racked up an impressive series of successes in road racing. Topping the list is the year-long IMSA championship Brian Herta's Veloster team notched up in the Touring Class of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup. Tyler Maxson drove a Hyundai Veloster N TCR to the GTX class win in SCCA's 2019 National Championship at Road Atlanta. These are especially notable wins for a new model. Our test N which carried a modest list price of $27,400, had been upgraded with an equally bargain worthy $2,100 Performance Package. This added a set of special 8.0Jx19 inch alloy rims mounting those Pirelli "HN" tires. Additionally, the option group ups horsepower of the twin scroll turbocharged engine from 260hp to 275hp. The differential is upgraded to an "N Corner Carving" unit, the front brakes increase to 13.6 inch front rotors and 12.4 inch rear rotors, and the engine is fitted with a variable exhaust valve system that spits and hisses like a viper on the overrun when you opt for Custom Sport+.
Without question the Performance Package equipped Veloster N, at an all-in price of $30,430, is the performance deal of 2020. For the price of just the optional full leather on a Porsche 911, you can buy a Hyundai pocket rocket that will run away from that mega expensive Porsche on just about any back road.
2020 HYUNDAI VELOSTER N
- ENGINE: 2.0 liter inline 4, twin scroll turbo GDI
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 22MPG City/29 MPG Highway
PRICE AS TESTED: $30,430
HYPES: Absolute Rocket Ship
GRIPES: Very Limited Rear Visibility
STAR RATING: 10+ Stars out of 10