Hyundai is considering a track warranty for the upcoming Veloster N.
Hyundai is perhaps best known for reliable, economical, and above all, boring cars with great warranties. Phenomenal, industry-leading 10-year powertrain warranties on certain models. That’s pretty good, but it would be even better if you could keep that warranty after pushing that powertrain to the redline on a track.
Not that you’d ever want to take your boring old Elantra to the track, but soon Hyundai will come out with something that might just turn racing enthusiast heads: the Veloster N hot hatchback.
The Veloster is already a moderate success here in North America has a quirky hatchback, but Hyundai plans to build on that by giving it the N treatment—N being Hyundai’s new performance sub-brand. This will give the Veloster a big power boost in the form of a 2.0-L 275 hp engine and a low-slung suspension for taking corners at high velocity.
According to Wheels, the Australian automotive enthusiast site, the Aussies will get the i30 N hatchback with an available track-compatible warranty, allowing those lucky racers to take their i30 N to the track and tear around as fast as they’re allowed. The warranty won’t allow them to race competitively, but so long as there’s nobody waving a checkered flag they’re good to go.
The i30 N won’t be coming to North America, but the Veloster N will, and the two cars share the same performance styling along with many of their mechanical components. As for whether the Veloster will get the same track warranty, that has yet to be confirmed by Hyundai.
A Hyundai spokesman told Car and Driver that the upper echelons of the company are discussing it internally as the company gears up for the Veloster’s release later this summer. They noted it’d make a lot of sense for a car brand long known for bullet-proof warranties to extend that same courtesy to the track in order to establish themselves as a performance brand.
The Veloster N aims to take on established hot hatchbacks like the Honda Civic Type R and Golf GTI. It probably won’t win, but it’s an underserved market, so participation counts for a lot.