Hyundai Veloster N

Fire­cracker from South Korea

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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




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


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

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