How Much Fun Can You Have in a Hyundai Veloster N? The Sky’s the Limit

3,100 pounds of non-stop fun.

The day I took this picture was by far one of the best Mondays ever. Nothing beats an entire day carved out for driving a Veloster N on some twisty canyon roads.

  • Car: 2020 Hyundai Veloster N
  • Location: Malibu, CA
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter: @16vPete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D, EF 50mm 1.8 AF

After picking this car up for a nice, week-long, hijinks-filled time with a brand-new 2020 Hyundai Veloster N, the first order of business was to take it to Malibu and carve some corners.

The trip up there from where I live was a cinch with adaptive dampers ironing out the imperfections in the pavement, SiriusXM providing the tunes, and a lighter-than-normal amount of traffic on Southern California’s infamously terrible freeway system.

When I arrived at my destination, the turn-off from Pacific Coast Highway onto Las Flores Canyon Road, I had all the time in the world to enjoy this gorgeous part of the country’s twisty tarmac in the absolute-best conditions. Las Flores, Tuna Canyon, Piuma, Latigo — I drove a good number of fun roads, and the Veloster N acted like it wanted to keep on playing all friggin’ day long. So I did. By the time I decided to call it and head back down south, I had burned nearly an entire tank of fuel, and my neck was starting to hurt from hours of repeated lateral Gs.

A fun torque band, excellent factory exhaust note, brilliant handling, strong brakes, great sound system, a comfortable, tall-guy friendly interior; the sky really is the limit when it comes to how much fun one can have behind the wheel of one of these.

Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and Autolist.com. He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.