It takes most automakers a couple tries to get a car right. Take the first Chevrolet Corvette as an example. Gorgeous, sure, but objectively it wasn’t the sports car the styling promised. That’s what makes the Hyundai Veloster N so impressive. The first product from Hyundai’s new N sport performance arm was pure joy right out of the gate, and with the new 2021 Hyundai Veloster N—now available with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic—Hyundai’s attempted to make its little pocket rocket even better.
Although the Veloster N has only been on sale since the 2019 model year, the changes for 2021 are fairly significant. Aside from the new eight-speed automatic (effectively a $1,500 option) joining the standard six-speed manual transmission, there’s a power boost for 2021. Starting this year, the Performance Package that was available on 2019 and 2020 Veloster Ns becomes standard. This not only boosts the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4’s power from 250 hp to 275 hp (torque remains flat at 260 lb-ft), but it also includes a limited-slip differential, electronically-adjustable dampers, bigger brakes with better cooling capacity, an active exhaust system, and stickier summer tires on 19-inch wheels.
Other changes include new performance bucket seats with an “N” logo that lights up a cool blue at night and, on cars with the new dual-clutch, an “NGS” button. Short for “N Grin Shift,” the NGS button works similarly to Porsche’s Sport Response button, in that it puts the car into the most aggressive N setting and temporarily boosts torque to 278 lb-ft for 20 seconds. (Unlike Porsche’s push-to-pass-like button, however, NGS needs two minutes to ‘recharge’ between each use.) For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.