Hyundai Veloster N
Firecracker from South Korea
Being a motoring journalist has its own perks. For example, we do get to drive a fair share of exotic cars which might not make it to India soon or are so ridiculously expensive that 99.9 per cent of the junta have no clue of how it feels to be in one. So we have quite a responsibility here. To experience and translate that enjoyment into words so that you enjoy it as much! Making sense?
This time we were standing in front of a Hyundai Veloster in flashy shade of blue and an ‘N’ badge stuck on! Now to our readers, who are not aware of ‘N’, let us tell you that it is the performance division of the Korean brand. The geeks out there develop the
cars in their headquarters in Namyang, Korea and then test it out at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Quite simply then whatever comes out of Nurburgring is sure enough damn good fun to drive. So it was quite obvious that I too was very excited to get behind the wheel of this rather large hot hatch at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Korea. Although the track was a short one, we were rather happy that we could get to feel a lot about the car thanks to it being a ‘speed camera free zone’.
The Veloster to begin with is a rather large hatch. It’s much bigger than the Hyundai i20 which sells in India. It measures in at 4,265mm in length and
N CARS ARE
MADE IN NAMYANG AND TESTED
AT THE NURBURGRING
sports a wheelbase of 2,649mm. It is also a wide vehicle at 1,811mm. The Veloster in general looks rather sleek and the N version has been given added glitz. The radiator grille comes in a shade of glossy back and the ‘N’ badge sits proudly on it. The front bumper gets coloured highlights and there is an air dam too which aids aerodynamics. In profile too, the sporty highlights remain and one gets an end to end side sill. The large 19in diamond cut alloys add to the overall looks of the Veloster N. At the back there is a mega-sized twostage spoiler which houses a small brake light. Add to that a rear skid plate and the Veloster N looks fit to get on the Nurburgring.
Although it is a performance car, Hyundai has ensured that the occupants remain in comfort even when barreling down a track. The instrument panel comes with the usual lot of informatics and there is a shift light as well. The infotainment system is a touch screen unit offering a plethora of information. The steering wheel comes with the usual lot of controls. But it also gets some more buttons in blue to unleash the true firepower of the Veloster N. Under the hood the Veloster N
Looks cool, loads of tech, performance, suspension, steering
Not announced for India yet, not such a famous brand yet
THE POWERTRAIN SPORTS A MULTI-MODE, HIGHFLOW ACTIVE SPORT EXHAUST SYSTEM WITH A VARIABLE EXHAUST ACTUATOR
comes with the Theta 2.0-litre turbocharged GDI engine. The motor offers 275bhp and 352Nm of torque. All that power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission which also offers rev-matching abilities. Three preset drive modes are embedded into the system which includes Normal, Sport and N. Additionally one can customize the system as well. In addition, the Veloster N sports a multi-mode, high-flow active sport exhaust system with a variable exhaust actuator. In N mode, this system yields an exhilarating engine over-run exhaust crackle during spiriteddriving up shifts and rev-matched downshifts. Much like any enthusiast, I too decided to ‘launch’ the N at first go, but my Korean friend suggested I don’t! Well, his suggestion was to experience the Veloster N in normal mode first and then go for the angrier modes. I did take his advice somewhat and took off in normal mode. The Veloster N even in this state takes off fast and the speedo goes past the 100kmph mark fast and keeps climbing. The slick gearbox aids quick shifts and makes the experience even more pleasurable. On the go I shift to N mode and instantly the exhaust is more audible and rortier. One can feel that the Veloster N is now even more mental. Acceleration is fast and even at ridiculously high speeds, the grip is terrific. The steering too is quick and lane changes are dealt with confidence. In short this is like no other Hyundai I have ever driven.
The interiors are nicely done and despite being a performance car, it is rather comfortable. Note the little blue buttons on the steering. They unleash the madness within