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The Hyundai Veloster N is a performance hatchback that debuted in 2018 and is a high-performance version of the Hyundai Veloster, which was introduced in 2011.

The Veloster N is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough power to get you from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds according to tests! If you’re looking for a fun time behind the wheel, you’ll have plenty of opportunity with this car.

Like most performance cars, the Veloster N has an adaptive suspension system and electronic limited slip differential for added control and handling.

The Veloster N is a great hatchback, especially for the price. But if you want to get even more out of it, there are a few modifications you can make to make it even better!

Perhaps you want your car to stand out from the crowd and look more aggressive.

Or perhaps you want to extract some more power for a more thrilling driving experience.

Regardless, lets take a look at some of the most popular modifications you can do to your Veloster N!

Wheels & Tyres

Lets talk wheels and tyres!

You generally have 2 main options when it comes to wheel size for the Veloster – 18 inch and 19 inch.

19 inch wheels look a bit sportier however the lower side profile in the tyre can mean a rougher ride which might not suit those who daily drive it. The 18 inch wheels are lighter and will give you a chunkier tyre sidewall which makes for a smoother ride quality. 

It will all depend on you want the car to look vs performance and comfort. Many users on forums report the 19 inch wheels to be uncomfortable but your tolerance for it may vary. 

There is a bunch of aftermarket wheels to choose from here.


When you’re looking to get more out of your car’s performance, you’ve probably heard of remapping.

Remapping or tuning is a great way of extracting more power from an engine without adding any additional hardware like induction or exhaust modifications. 

A remap alone can add 25hp to the car, taking it up to 300hp! You can expect up to nearly 100Nm of additional torque as well, which will make the Veloster much more responsive throughout the rev range. 

The Veloster N is a quick capable car out of the box, and many owners will be satisfied with just adding a remap for power. If you are wanting additional power, have a look at the next couple of sections in this article for some additional mods you can do.

It’s worth noting that when getting a remap done, you ideally want any supporting mods like an intercooler or downpipe on the car first before tuning. If you get a remap first then add supporting mods, you will likely want to get it tuned again to make maximum use out of the new hardware. So plan ahead and have a think about the power figures you want to achieve, as it may save you money down the line. 

See if there are any specialist Hyundai tuners in your area that know the engines well and be sure to ask any local owners clubs or groups for recommendations. 

Upgraded Intercooler

An upgraded intercooler can improve your Veloster’s performance by decreasing its intake temperatures. 

Your intercooler is what cools down the air coming into your engine. The more efficient the intercooler then the less hot air you have going into your engine leading to better performance.

An upgraded intercooler is a great mod for those who like to drive their Veloster hard over long periods of time or do track days.

Under continuous boost, the intake temps rise leading to heat soak which can start to compromise performance. An aftermarket intercooler from Forge or Airtec can ensure that you are getting continuous power when rowing through the gears. 

There are some slight variations in the intercooler design between the DCT transmission and the manual transmission due to gearbox clearance issues, so ensure you double check compatibility with your car’s transmission type. 

These can cost upwards of $500 but if you are serious about your car’s performance, then this is one of the best valued power mods for it. 

Exhaust Mods

The Hyundai Veloster N is a car that really opens up your options for exhaust modifications. From the factory, it comes with a dual-tip exhaust system which looks pretty mean from the back.

The car also emits a nice exhaust tone from factory, however this may not be as meaty as many petrol heads desire. If this is the case with you, then fear not. You have a lot of options for improving not only the sound of the exhaust note, but also getting some performance gains. 

If a different sound is what you are after, then look at getting an aftermarket muffler/backbox.

Borla offer a 3 inch cat-back exhaust with functional exhaust valves that is made specifically for the Hyundai Veloster N. This will certainly give you a satisfying sound boost from your exhaust.

If you are more concerned with increasing the performance of your car through upgrading the exhaust, then you will want to look at upgrading the downpipe and/or stock catalytic converters. 

An upgraded downpipe can help relieve backpressure on the turbo, allowing it to spool earlier thus making your Veloster more responsive. The same can be said for aftermarket catalytic converts (sports/race cats) that are more free flowing. You can also go for a de-cat system, however these aren’t road legal.

Upgrading to a more free flowing downpipe and sports cats should also give you a noticeable increase in sound as well to compliment the performance gains.

Induction Kit/Cold Air Intake

A cold air intake can be a good mod for your Veloster. In theory there can be some performance benefits from fitting one of these, although some will debate this.

The standard intake on the Veloster N doesn’t appear to be to restrictive so you won’t instantly get heaps more power just from installing one. 

Aside from this, there is obviously the improved induction sound.

It can make your car sound like a race car! Who doesn’t love that? But seriously… it’ll make it sound like you’ve got a little extra power under the hood, even if you don’t have any new modifications done yet!

Motor Mount

This is a nice mod that can really help improve the drivability of your Veloster N. 

An uprated stiffer motor mount can help reduce movement that the standard mounts have, ensuring all the power is getting transferred to the drivetrain effectively. In addition, it also helps reduce wheel hop which is a great thing. 

The downside to this is that because the upgraded mount is stiffer, it can introduce more vibration into the cabin. This can be felt mainly when the vehicle is idling and through the steering wheel. 

Motor mounts generally need a bit of time to bed themselves in and over time the vibrations should ease up. Some owners who fit them say they noticed no difference in vibration after fitting so don’t be too put off by this.

Interior Mods

While many car enthusiasts focus on the exterior styling of the car, there are some tasteful modifications that you can do to the interior of your Veloster as well. The interior is where you and your passengers spend most of the time, so some nice subtle mods can help make the car your own and add a bit of style.

Interior mods also tend to be some of the more cheaper mods compared to performance mods and exterior mods, so these can be a great way to get your feet wet with modding. 

Some ideas for the inside of your Veloster N could be: 

  • Steering wheel cover
  • Floor mats to match the color scheme of your car
  • Seat covers to match the color scheme of your car
  • Alcantara gear knob and gear boot
  • Carbon fibre trim elements (you can wrap these yourself!)
  • Aftermarket armrest (more padding and custom styles available)
  • Aftermarket seats like bucket seats if you are into your track days

Front Splitter

You might think that an aftermarket front splitter is just for style. That’s not the case! An efficiently designed front splitter also improves the Veloster’s performance, reducing drag and increasing downforce – perfect if you track your car.

Aside from the performance benefits it also gives your car a more aggressive look, making the front end sharper suiting the already aggressive lines of the Veloster.

You can check out the front splitter by Street Aero designed specifically for the Veloster N. 

This is designed from aluminium composite so is sturdy and resilient compared to some other cheap universal splitters made from fibreglass.

Finishing Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best mods for your Veloster N. They’re all great options, but we know that there are many more out there so join your local owners club’s and Facbook groups to get inspiration from other builds.

The Veloster N is already a sharp and aggressive looking car, so some of the more subtle styling modifications can make the biggest difference. 

If you are just wanting a little more power, then the best bang for your buck will be a remap. However if you are wanting to gain the most power possible, you will want to have the physical mods like the exhaust and intercooler etc upgraded before mapping so it helps to plan ahead and know what you want from your build.

If you are interested in learning more about the performance upgrades available for your Veloster N, check our article dedicated to extracting maximum performance from it.

Happy modding!