Hyundai’s performance division is preparing a hot version of the Veloster that will mark the N brand’s entry into the US market.
The Veloster N, as it’s expected to be called, has been spotted testing under heavy camouflage at the Nürburgring a month after brand bosses said a second N model was due in 2018.
It will follow the i30N in the N range, but likely won't sold in the same markets as that car, including the UK, where the Veloster hasn’t been offered since 2014.
As shown by the development car, the Veloster N will get 10-spoke wheels and more aggressive bodywork, which cladding suggests a large rear wing. At the back, a pair of large-bore exhausts hint at the car’s performance. This latest sighting also revealed the car's interior for the first time, albeit with zebra-patterned covers.
Hyundai has refrained from commenting on the model, but it’s expected to use a more potent version of the i30N’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, producing around 275bhp.
This would rank it close to the next-generation Ford Focus ST, which is expected to produce the same output from its 1.5-litre engine when it arrives in 2018.