Hyundai Is Working On N Sport Models To Slot Beneath N Variants

Hyundai recently introduced the Veloster N at the North American International Auto Show and it appears there are still a number of performance-oriented models on the horizon.

In an interview with Car and Driver, Hyundai’s head of high-performance development confirmed plans for new N Sport models will slot between mainstream vehicles and high-performance variants such as the i30 N. Albert Biermann said these vehicles will have a “more sporty driving experience” but they’ll eschew “a different engine, bigger brakes, or a whole new suspension or axles.”

Since the cars will miss out on major upgrades, changes will be modest and include interior and exterior styling tweaks. Biermann also suggested N Sport models could come with sportier tires and there could be N Sport variants of vehicles without an N model.

The publication also says we can expect an assortment of N accessories in the future as well as “expanded motorsports involvement” which could include a racing program which is geared towards U.S. audiences. There’s no word on specifics but we’ll likely find out soon as Hyundai will use the Chicago Auto Show to announce a new motorsports program.

While a lot of questions remain, Biermann confirmed N models will have “better value for money” than the competition. This is certainly the case in Europe as the i30 N starts at £24,995 in the U.K. while the Golf GTI begins at £28,460.

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    So, N Sport will be less sporty than N.
    I’ll have a base model then, the N Super Sport.

    • fabri99

      Right? And how is a less sporty version supposed to offer a sportier driving experience?

  • fabri99

    I’m not sure how N Sport models, set to “slot beaneath N variants”, would have a “more sporty driving experience” than their N counterparts. Anyhow, I’m happy they are considering warm hatches. Performance cars are getting more and more expensive and something even us peasants can afford is always welcome.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      You added the than their N counterparts.
      Don’t you remember how marketing BS works? 😉

      • fabri99

        True that, but they also say they are giving it bigger brakes, new engine and new suspensions. It almost seems like the new, cheaper version will actually be better than the top of the range model. It might make sense from a marketing point of view, but isn’t it going to take sales from the N?

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          will slot between mainstream vehicles and high-performance variants
          There is the key phrase.
          It’ll be a warmer version, perhaps, of the regular cars.
          different engine What’s that mean?

          • fabri99

            But how can it be sportier than the N version if it is to slot below it?

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Where does it say it is sportier than the N?

        • I think no, it’s like Ford with their ST and RS. I think what he meant by more sporty driving is because more lightweight? We know that small hot hatch like Suzuki Sport offers great driving feedback despite the lack of oomph.

          • fabri99

            Yeah, must be that.

  • Jason Miller

    Bring it on. Especially the N accessories. My Elantra Sport needs some N love.

  • LWOAP

    So basically they will be trim packages by the sound of it.

    • That would be horrible, I was hoping more like ST than Gordini. (Hot hatch enthusiast would understand what I’m talking about).

  • Well I hope they do it right, a lot of hot hatches has been going absurdly expensive.

  • Bash

    Crazy was my initial thought!

  • Jay Brown

    Basically the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport will be renamed by the 2020 Hyundai Elantra N Sport. Ok, i see what you’re trying to say.

  • SteersUright

    🙁

    Always make your cars even better, dont dumb them down!

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