2021 Hyundai Veloster N Is a Beautiful Hatchback With 8-Speed Transmission
The 2021 Veloster N is a brand new car with a 100k/10yr warranty. 5yr/60k bumper to bumper. It's a fast car. The Veloster N shots from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds.
The typical negative above the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N in the media is that the interior is not as nice as the GTI or Civic Type R. I mean it may not yet have the pedigree of the Honda Civic Type R, or even the Mini Cooper, but the fact remains that the Hyundai Veloster N displays a refreshing temperament.
The typical positive in the media is that people say they would still buy it because it's a lot more fun to drive. Just see if you can afford it because the price starts from $32,250 and gets you 22 city and 28 highway MPG.
For the 2021 model year, Hyundai wants to make it a bit more accessible, by equipping it with a dual-clutch gearbox in addition to the standard six-speed manual.
Veloster N's Extrovertly Exterior Design
The new Veloster N is a small sports car with extrovert exterior design. It can therefore be driven by means of two paddles on the steering wheel which will engage the eight gears of this vehicles transmission with lubricated clutches for cooling. Hyundai estimates that 0-60 can be completed with this one in 5.6 s, which is pretty crispy. It also allows the synchronization of the downshift, in addition to greatly reducing the power cut between gear changes.
At the same time, Hyundai has added more enveloping and lightweight bucket seats as an option.
Hyundai's internally developed DCT (dual-clutch transmission) dual-clutch gearbox supports RPM mixing and includes a launch control function. N Power Shift mode kicks in when there is more than 90 percent throttle use, and reduces the drop in torque between upshifts by putting in more power.
But there is still a more extreme function. The N Grin Shift mode increases the engine's torque output to 377 Newton-meters for 20 seconds, up from the "normal" 353 Nm. This setup also triggers a more aggressive gear shifting.
Shifts can be operated from the steering wheel mounted paddles or from the gear stick to raise or lower gears. Obviously, it also works fully automatic.
The 2021 Veloster N's Interior
The interior of the 2021 Veloster N was also updated. As standard it is equipped with new sports seats, which weigh about four lbs less than the previous "chairs," and which carry the illuminated N logo on the backrest, which turns on in time with the interior lights.
The 2021 Veloster N comes standard with the Performance Package (previously optional for $ 2,100), which allows it to deliver 275 horsepower. Additional equipment also comes with 19-inch wheels, larger brakes, and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
It has an eight-inch infotainment screen as standard, and has a set of driver assistance systems such as frontal collision avoidance, lane tracking and keeping, driver attention warning, blind spot warning and traffic warning rear cross.
Along with other updated features such as Rev Matching, Launch Control and Overboost, the Veloster N is optimized to automatically detect the customer's driving style and road conditions to optimize shift points. For example, if the car is going downhill, it will use the engine brake to reduce the risk of overheating the disc brakes. If the driver drives the vehicle on a race track, the car will use the full spectrum of engine revs to maximize performance.
The Veloster N is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies, including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW).
Hyundai developed its high-performance N brand to make a fun-to-drive vehicle. As I was reviewing the 2021 Veloster N, I noticed that the vehicle offers an exciting cornering ability, along with everyday sports car driving and racetrack performance.
Hyundai developed the Veloster N at its global R&D center in Korea and the performance at its test center based at the Nürburgring in Germany. This vehicle is powerful. It's like a small powerfull sports car. For me personally the Veloster N wouldn't be a daily driver, but if you want to experience some performance in a small size vehicle, it can be a good choice.
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