Hyundai N Performance Brand Beginnings: N Sport Models to Come Soon [News]

2019 Hyundai Veloster N
2019 Hyundai Veloster N [Photo: Hyundai]
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show brought us Hyundai’s latest version of their Veloster Hatchback. More importantly for those interested in hot hatches, Hyundai revealed the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. This hot hatch is promising big numbers from its 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. Namely, 275 horsepower, adaptive dampers, an electronically-controlled limited slip differential and a 6-speed manual transmission. These features pin the Veloster N in the class of cars like the Honda Civic Type-R and the VW Golf R. However, Hyundai have revealed a bit more about this new ‘N’ moniker. It seems it may turn into a new range of sportier vehicles within the Hyundai lineup, dubbed N Sport.

N Sport

BMW has its M division and on many of their vehicles you can get an M-package. This M-package doesn’t give you all of the performance of the full-on M car, but it does give you some minor aesthetic and performance upgrades to set itself apart from any standard BMW. This is what Hyundai’s N Sport brand will be like, according to¬†Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development. Biermann says that these vehicles will come with the same engine, brakes, and suspension tuning as the more vanilla trim levels in Hyundai’s lineup, but will be tweaked “for a more sporty driving experience.” Biermann elaborated further that these vehicles may see improvements like upgraded tires, and other small adjustments.

It would be safe to assume that there will be some visual changes to distinguish these N Sport models. However, Hyundai have not made any mention of which vehicles will be receiving this sporty treatment. Biermann mentioned to Car and Driver that it could be any vehicle in their lineup to get this trim package, so we’ll just have to wait and see which vehicles get it first.

Be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar and TFLnow for more news on the Hyundai N Sport models, which should be coming out soon. To learn more about the range-topping Hyundai Veloster N, be sure to watch the video below:

Michael Curtis
Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently spends his time as a Communications student at CU Boulder and writes for TFL as an intern trying to learn the ways of the automotive journalist. In his spare time, he attends all the local Cars and Coffee events he can possibly make time for.