Not officially, at least.
A few weeks ago, Hyundai revealed the first details about the updated 2021 Veloster N. It's most interesting new feature is an optional eight-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox. The six-speed manual will remain standard. But there were also a few additional features Hyundai failed to announce.
Motor Trend recently spoke to the automaker's director of product planning, Scott Margason, who revealed a previously unannounced new feature: lightweight sports seats. Not only will these help the car to shed a few pounds, but they'll also provide occupants with additional bolstering as well as display a cool backlit "N" badge on the backrest, similar to what the BMW M3 has.
Unfortunately, Margason couldn't reveal whether or not the new sports seats will also offer heating, but we suspect they will.
Other previously revealed features include an optional Performance Package that ups output from 260 horsepower to 275 ponies. There's also a new N Track Sense feature that can select the appropriate gear and shift timing depending on road conditions. A new N Power Shift system adds to that by increasing the hot hatch's speed with over 90 percent throttle via torque reduction management software that utilizes upshifts to offer maximum power to the front wheels.
Margason also reiterated what we've known for some time: the Veloster N won't be the only fully-fledged N model in the brand's US lineup for much longer.
While we were happy to see the new Hyundai Elantra N Line teased late last month, the reality is that Hyundai needs additional N models if it wants to be taken seriously as a performance brand. Fortunately, we know for a fact it's still working on a new mid-engined performance halo model that's also slated to receive the new DCT. There's also the upcoming Kona N SUV that's likely to share both its engine and transmission with the Veloster N.
Hyundai hasn't announced an official on sale date or pricing for the 2021 Veloster N, though it's likely to arrive in dealerships later this year.