Scoop: Hyundai Gets Serious With All-New 2018 Veloster N Sports Prototype

Since teasing us with their RM16 N Concept back in 2016, we’ve been waiting for Hyundai to get down to business and reveal a performance version of the Veloster.

Right off the bat, features such as the large wheels and brakes, lowered suspension and massive exhaust pipes tell us this isn’t just any regular Veloster hiding out underneath all that heavy camouflage.

Furthermore, if the upcoming i30 N is any indication, a Veloster N could also feature adjustable dampers, a dual-stage stability control system and a track mode, to go with its limited-slip differential.

In terms of its appearance, aside from the more imposing features, this seemingly more menacing-looking Veloster will continue to have an asymmetrical door layout, where on the driver’s side it looks like a 2-door coupe, and the other, like a 5-door hatch.

Underneath the hood, power could come via Hyundai’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, said to produce either 250 PS (240 HP) or 275 PS (271 HP) in the i30 N. In the Veloster N’s case, whatever that number may be (the RM16 N Concept had 300 PS), the output will most likely be directed towards the front wheels, unless Hyundai’s looking to go at the Focus RS and Golf R and switch to an AWD system.

Some interior changes are also expected, like a sporty steering wheel, sports seats, perhaps even a bespoke gauge cluster, although this is obviously a “wait and see” situation.

As for a possible release date, could be either 2018 or 2019, so here’s to hoping Hyundai won’t keep this car a secret for too long.

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  • Adi

    They should just make it a regular 4-door. Like what’s the point of having just 3 doors? It’s just a gimmick.. I’m sure more people would consider buying this if it had 4 doors.

    • KT

      Have you ever owned one? The 3rd door is actually useful for children and toddlers. Sure its not made for adults, any person who opens their eyes can see that from the roof line. But Hyundai made something different and it worked. It had mixed reviews because performance didn’t live up to its name.

      • Adi

        I get it but why don’t they just put the door also on the oher side? It just doesn’t make sense.

        • Jay

          I agree with you completely. It just looks odd the way it is. Its not like it doesn’t have the space and why not make it symmetrical.

    • Mill0048

      Yeah, I almost bought one and the having the fourth door would’ve swayed me more, and more power. It has great trunk space, reasonable passenger space for four and a small overall footprint. At least their rectifying one of those things!

  • fabri99

    I can’t understand why they just won’t give up on the Veloster. They tried to make something different (but totally weird and useless) and it didn’t work. Get over it and give us a normal “doors-layout”.

    • KT

      You want a Hyundai hatchback with normal “doors-layout?” It’s called “Elantra GT Sport.”

    • alexxx

      i like it just because its different…

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    It must be doing okay sales wise for Hyundai to continue to offer it in their lineup and still committed to it. No?

    • Mill0048

      Yeah, they move about 30k a year in North America, according to Good Car Bad Car.

      • Subi-Rubicon1

        Not bad for a niche vehicle.

  • SteersUright

    Getting more excited by the day for the first reviews of this car! I do regret that its FWD which sucks for any application over 200TQ as you start wrestling with the steering wheel instead of dancing along with it. Hopefully theres a Focus RS competing version in the pipeline with AWD!

  • Bo Hanan

    This will be a fun car. Lots of tuning potential and probably a cheap price. A Mitsu-Esciplise wannabe.

  • john1168

    Nice but they should have kept the center exhaust pipes.

    • Wait they got rid of the center pipes?

      Fuq dem.

  • Justin Spencer

    The Velosters a cool car! It reminds me of the days of the Mazda MX-3, Nissan Pulsar, Honda CRX, etc. only in a more practical and useful format.