Veloster N gets you more bang for your buck
Terrific all-purpose sports car is thousands cheaper than anything remotely close
WILLOWS, Calif.—hyundai has been pretty successful recently racing their i30, which is the European designation for the Elantra station wagon.
Now, Hyundai Canada calls that car the “GT,” but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...
This particular duck came one-two in this year’s Pirelli World Challenge series in the TCR class in North America, helmed by Michael Lewis and Toronto’s own Mark Wilkins.
But the corporate memory seems to have forgotten that Hyundai’s first racing team anywhere in the world was back home in Canada in the late 1990s. Jeff Lorriman and yours truly raced first an Accent (slow, but tough), then an Elantra sedan (very fast; second place in the championship), and finally the Tiburon sports coupe as part of a two-car team that came onetwo in our class for a few years.
Now comes an “N” version of the Veloster sport coupe that shares some of the oily bits with Elantra, and is sortof the spiritual successor to the Tiburon, which means it holds special interest for me personally.
The Veloster N is on sale now for late-this-year delivery, starting (and pretty much ending) at $34,999.
The base second-generation Veloster was launched in early January this year at the Detroit Auto Show, officially if somewhat early as a 2019 model.
The N variant ups the ante considerably, with a 275horsepower turbocharged
2.0-litre engine, a six-speed manual transmission — no slushbox is even offered, thank you very much — and suspension and brakes that are as-near-as-damn-it-is-to-swearing race-track-ready.
To the already quirky-looking three-door (two fronts, one passenger-side rear) body, the N adds a unique grille, front-end ducts to direct cooling air to the brakes, rocker panel extensions for aerodynamic and frankly styling purposes, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, and a big diffuser for the twin-tailpipe exhaust system, which strongly announces your arrival.
In the go-faster department we’ve already mentioned the powertrain. One additional point — the compression ratio of 9.5:1 is high for a turbo engine, promising better throttle response than is typical for turbo engines.
Veloster N is not only a terrific all-purpose sports car, it looks like a bargain, too.
Orders are already pouring in; by the time you read this you might already be too late.
Read more of the review at thestar.com/autos
Android Auto, Apple Carplay, heated seats and steering wheel and a nice stereo system are all standard equipment on the Veloster N.