Hyundai Veloster N 2.5 T-GDi Prototype Raises More Questions Than It Answers

4 years, 1 month ago - 21 April 2020, autoevolution
Hyundai Veloster N 2.5 T-GDi Prototype Raises More Questions Than It Answers
In production since 2018, the second generation of the Veloster is one of the quirkiest compact cars out there.

Like the original, Hyundai has gifted it with a 2+1 configuration for the doors and a selection of aspirated and turbo four-cylinder powerplants.

Veloster N is the name of the range-topping model, packing 275 metric ponies from 2.0 liters of displacement and a short-throw manual transmission with six ratios. We all know that a dual-clutch transmission is coming, but until now, the possibility of a 2.5-liter turbo was unascertained by the higher-ups and bean counters from Hyundai.

The following photograph – coming courtesy of a member of the community – leaves little to the imagination. "2.5 Turbo Engine" and "T-GDi" should refer to the Theta III family of engines. There's been talk about the Theta III since February 2018, and a 2.3-liter version is also in the pipeline with forced induction.

Also marketed under the Smartstream brand name, the 2.5 T-GDi develops 304 PS and 422 Nm of torque in the second generation of the Genesis G80. The luxury sedan further flaunts an eight-speed automatic of the torque-converter type, but then again, this version of the 2.5 T-GDi is adapted for rear- and all-wheel applications instead of FWD.

With 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet on deck, the new engine would pit the Veloster N above the Honda Civic Type R. It remains to be seen if the eight-speed DCT with wet clutches is going to be offered with the 2.5 T-GDi, and speaking of which, upgrading to 2.5 liters seems like the right thing to do for the mid-cycle refresh of the Veloster N.

The i30 – a.k.a. Elantra GT in the United States – has already been facelifted but Hyundai didn't mention a thing about what's hiding under the hood of the i30 N. Known as Project C, the highest-performing version of the pre-facelift i30 N is lighter and more akin to carve corners than the South Korean hot hatchback's stock specification.

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