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.