Hyundai unleashes high-performance compact sedan 'Veloster N'

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-06-20 16:42 Updated : 2018-06-20 16:55
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SEOUL -- To build its reputation as the maker of high-performance cars, South Korea's leading Hyundai Motor released Veloster N, the pumped-up version of its compact sports sedan released earlier this year.

Hyundai introduced N, the sub-brand for high-performance vehicles in 2015, in an effort to compete with top-class foreign brands such as AMG of Mercedes Benz and BMW's M. N was named after Nurburgring, a German motorsport complex also known as the Green Hell, which has been traditionally used as a proving ground for many high-performance vehicles.

"Veloster N is a daily car which will provide drivers with the fun of driving on circuits, tracks and streets," Hyundai said in a statement on Wednesday. "We hope many people to know the sheer fun of driving with Veloster N."

Apart from similar looks, the N version of Veloster is a four-door compact sports sedan featuring a two-liter turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission, high-performance brakes, a reinforced frame and the increased handling performance. There is only one trim available and it comes with a price tag of 29.6 million won ($26,700).

Like other foreign high-performance vehicles, Veloster N provides drivers with various modes designed to match the style of driving. Drivers can choose between five modes ranging from an eco-friendly and fuel-efficient mode to a sports driving mode tailored for circuits and tracks.