Hyundai breathed new life into the hot hatch segment a couple of years back with the Veloster N. Despite only coming with 260 horsepower, the car proved to be a polished track machine capable of hanging with much more expensive metal. Its pricing started at $34,745
For 2021, the Veloster N will have a new transmission option in the form of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The unique Veloster body style with three doors, and previously manually-only setup makes it a unique product.
The 2021 Veloster also benefits from minor improvements to its cabin. In particular, a pair of lightweight front passenger and driver seats reduce the weight by 4.4 pounds from the previous seats, and provide additional bolstering and trick backrest-mounted illuminated N logos.
Plus, the N’s 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment setup adds in-dash navigation system to its fold, while the auto-equipped model swaps the stick-shift Veloster N clutch pedal for a pair of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a stubby console-mounted gearshift lever.
The Veloster N’s turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line quad also produces 260 pound-feet of torque with peak speeds between 1,450 and 4,700 rpm. With the DCT, Hyundai says, the Veloster N will hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a couple tenths faster than the manual, and it feels even faster.
Hyundai developed the Veloster N with manual or fully automatic and eight-speed modes to improve acceleration and efficiency. The Veloster N is equipped with an electronic actuator that operates a double clutch and offers driving comfort, fuel efficiency and driving pleasure. Unlike dry dual clutch transmissions, the Wet Veloster N uses oil to greatly improve lubrication and cooling performance as required for higher torque applications.
|Engine Type||turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection|
|Displacement||122 in3, 1998 cm3|
|Power||275 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Torque||278 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|Brakes||13.6-in vented disc/12.4-in vented disc|
|Tires||Pirelli P Zero PZ4, 235/35R-19 91Y HN|
|Passenger Volume||91 ft3|
|Cargo Volume||20 ft3|
|Curb Weight||3186 lb|