Hyundai has pulled off the surprise of the 2018 Detroit auto show, introducing the first North American member of its N performance line.

The most-powerful Veloster ever, the N’s stats read like an enthusiast’s dream—a turbocharged 275-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder sends power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching. It’s the only available transmission. The powertrains for the base Veloster and Veloster Turbo are largely carryover.

On the N model, an electronically adjustable suspension, summer tires from either Michelin or Pirelli, and a limited-slip differential are also standard, promising what should be the most agile, entertaining Veloster ever.

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And it’s clear that Hyundai’s had some fun developing the Veloster N, judging by the silly list of names it’s attached to its technology. The driving mode system is called N Grin Control, and that limited-slip diff is dubbed the N Corner Carving Limited-Slip Differential. A Power Sense front axle is a silly name for such a thing, but Hyundai claims its steering geometry should reduce torque steer and deliver better steering feedback.

All models feature a design that is a pleasant evolution of the first-generation’s design. Hyundai massaged the headlights and grille to better integrate the Veloster with the rest of the lineup. Designers pushed the A-pillars rearward, accentuating the hood, while a slightly more aggressive roofline and angrily flared wheel arches create a sportier profile.

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For the Veloster N, red- and gloss-black accents cover the exterior. There’s also a more aggressive front fascia, a large rear wing, a prominent diffuser, a pair of huge exhaust pipes, and unique 18- or 19-inch wheels.

Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Veloster or even the features of its six trim levels, but the hatch is back and it’s hotter than ever.