Staff, 2023-01-02 11:51:50,
People still ask me why Road & Track named the Hyundai Veloster N our Performance Car of the Year back in 2019. It beat out storied icons like the Porsche 911 and the Chevy Corvette, while also trouncing enthusiast sports cars like the Supra, BMW M2, and Lotus Evora GT. The reason it won was simple: It was just that good.
The Veloster N came out of nowhere and blew every judge away with its performance, feedback, and charm. It was a car we could beat half to death on a race track then bomb for hours down our favorite canyon, and it would never skip a beat. Pair that with the sub-$30,000 price tag and a 10-year warranty, and its victory was all but ensured by the end of the test. The craziest part is, the Veloster isn’t even the best N car Hyundai makes anymore. That title goes to the Elantra N.
The Elantra N was among the cheapest and least powerful cars at our 2023 Performance Car of the Year event in September. The only car with a lower price and fewer horses was the softer, heavier Subaru WRX. But like its funky hatch-shaped sibling, the Elantra N was a clear standout, despite what the numbers suggest.
Hyundai says that 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four makes 276 hp, but it feels like it’s making about 30 more than that. And unlike most copy/paste turbo four-pots these days, this engine is brimming with character, with plenty of cool noises and a knack for crackling with every lift of the…
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