It's not the most powerful, but it may be the best sounding hot hatchback on the market.
The Hyundai Veloster was built at a time before the company had cracked the code on good steering feel and driving dynamics. But Hyundai has now figured out how to make a car that drives as good as it looks, and the new Veloster N looks pretty darn good to us. The N was revealed alongside the other variants at Detroit, and sits above the turbo in the range. Like the European i30N, the Veloster N will have 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The best part? It's manual only.
With 275 hp on tap, the Veloster N may not be the most powerful hatchback on the market, but it has one of the best sounding exhaust notes in its class.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes all of the growls and pops that we could ask for from a hot hatchback. It may not be as powerful as some of the competition, but it does have more power than other hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Think of the Veloster N as a mid-point between models like the ST and RS, rather than a direct competitor for either. With that in mind, we are still very excited for the Veloster N to finally go on sale.