Hyundai Veloster N To Gain Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission

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Currently, the only transmission offered with the Hyundai Veloster N is a six-speed manual gearbox. That won’t be the case for much longer, as Hyundai’s planning to broaden the hot hatchback’s appeal by offering an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) for the model in the very near future.

Hyundai shared the news in an Instagram post, confirming the news and showing a Veloster N with the DCT driving spiritedly. “It’s coming – the fun-to-drive feeling of N, with the N 8-Speed Wet Dual-Clutch Transmission. #NDCT Who got it right?” said Hyundai in the post.

Besides confirming the news, there’s not much else to go off of with the Instagram post. Veloster N models fitted with the DCT will get paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, a sporty shift knob, and a “Grin Shift” mode. We’re not sure of what the latter is, though our best guesses include a drift mode, launch control, or a special sport mode that makes shifts quicker.

There is one interesting detail in the video that doesn’t have to do with the new DCT – new performance seats that have a light-up logo in the backrest. There’s nothing like this in the current Veloster N. We’re hoping these become available as a feature soon, because they look awesome.

Hyundai Veloster N

The Veloster N is available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower or 275 hp with the available Performance Package. The Performance Package is the only available option on the hot hatchback and brings an electric limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels, a variable exhaust system, sticky Pirelli summer tires, and larger brakes. At $2,100, the package isn’t cheap, but it turns the Veloster N into a track machine.

We expect the DCT to be an optional extra for the Veloster N. Straight-line performance, especially when it comes to zero-to-60 mph times, will improve with the DCT. At the moment, the best the Veloster N with the manual transmission can muster is approximately six seconds.

Hyundai’s decision to bring a DCT to the Veloster N opens the door to more consumers. Not many shoppers want manual transmissions anymore, so the new DCT should be appealing. It will also make the Veloster N one of the few hot hatches on the market to have an automatic transmission. The Mini John Cooper Works GP and the Volkswagen Golf R are the other two options on the market that are available with manual and automatic transmissions. As long as Hyundai prices the DCT affordably, it should make the Veloster N more competitive in the segment.

The addition of the DCT for the Veloster N is new for Hyundai’s sporty N-line. While the Elantra GT is available in an N-line trim, that’s not a true “N” car. It’s more of an N lite. Hyundai is expected to increase its N models in the near future with a performance variant of the Sonata sedan, which will probably come with the same eight-speed DCT as the Veloster N, and a rumored Kona N.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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