There will only be one option.
After all of the latest teasers, we can barely contain our excitement for the upcoming 2022 Hyundai Kona N. Using the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Veloster N, the Kona N will offer more performance than any mainstream subcompact crossover currently on the market, including the potent Mazda CX-30 Turbo. Even after officially announcing the car early this year, Hyundai still hasn't released the official performance specifications.
The Korean automaker clearly wants to get the most out of this reveal, hence why it just issued a new press release detailing the car's transmission. This car uses an N-tuned, in-house eight-speed, wet-type dual-clutch transmission. Customers can opt for this same transmission on the Veloster N in place of the standard manual, but the Kona N will only come with the DCT.
Hyundai says its wet-type DCT is similar in construction to a manual, meaning it can stand up to the engine's immense power. Speaking of power, Hyundai confirmed the Kona would produce "approximately 276 horsepower," which is one hp more than the Veloster N. The wet-type transmission employs two electric oil pumps that reduce friction between the moving parts, creating better clutch cooling and enabling greater torque transfer.
The High Flow Electric Oil Pump provides gear lubrication and clutch cooling, while the High Pressure Electric Oil Pump supplies oil to the accumulator and maintains pressure for gear shifts. When working in tandem, the fuel pumps improve performance and fuel economy.
Hyundai tested it on Nurburgring Nordschleife for approximately 1,350 grueling laps to ensure the transmission will stand up to owner abuse.
The Kona N will receive some interesting transmission modes, including N Power Shift (NPS), N Grin Shift (NGS), and N Track Sense Shift (NTS). NPS activates under more than 90% throttle, lowering the torque reduction during upshifts to deliver maximum power and a "push feel." NSG is activated by a dedicated steering wheel button and puts the engine and transmission into maximum performance for 20 seconds. At the end of the time, drivers must wait 40 seconds before engaging it again. Finally, NTS takes over the adaptive shift on a racetrack, allowing the driver to focus on the steering, throttle, and braking.