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Hyundai‘s new hot hatch made its first appearance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
The entire Veloster lineup bowed in Detroit, with the standard model, Veloster Turbo, and high-performance Veloster N making a statement at the Cobo Center. Sporting an all-new design, the Veloster does retain its asymmetrical two-plus-one configuration, keeping it unique within the segment. Under the hood of the standard model is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine sporting 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, while the Veloster Turbo gets its motivation from a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
But it didn’t take very long for interest on the Veloster Turbo to wane, since North America’s first N model also debuted. The Veloster N gets the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in the i30 N in other markets, supplying 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It might still be shy of the Honda Civic Type R’s 306-hp figure, but it shows just how serious Hyundai is getting about performance.
Look for the new Hyundai Veloster to arrive dealerships in North America later this year, with pricing coming closer to its launch.
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