HYUNDAI’S N brand will debut with the i30 N hot hatch later this year, but the Korean brand is already working on the follow-up.
Industry scuttlebutt has it that a Veloster N will be the second model in the N range, and it has been spied testing on the Nordschleife.
It is likely the Veloster N will be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol as the i30 N, producing 184kW or 202kW.
Power is likely to be sent to the front-wheels via a six-speed manual.
The next-gen Veloster is yet to be unveiled, but from what we can deduct from the clamo-clad test car it appears that the asymmetrical door layout of the last model will return - one for the driver, two on the passenger side.
There also appears to be a cascading grille up front, with a different rear bumper treatment. Where standard and Turbo Velosters have centre-exit exhaust tips, the test mule pushes these to the edges of the bumper.
The Veloster N is likely to receive a similar development process as the i30 N, so expect plenty of Nurburgring laps, and possibly even some competitive outings.
A local suspension tune will also be high on the priority list, which means we could be seeing the coupe-esque hatch Down Under in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.
It’s not just extra power for the range topper, with N badged cars likely to receive improved brakes and suspension, along with sticky rubber.
The i30 N is set to break cover in the coming weeks, so expect the Veloster N to be revealed by the end of the year, ahead of a 2018 arrival.