Hyundai Is Testing Something Really Cool On The Nurburgring


And it will be really fast.

A few weeks ago, Hyundai was spotted testing what appeared to be a test mule for the Veloster N at the Nurburgring in Germany. Since the Veloster N is already on sale, it is logical to conclude this mule sported some sort of upgrade to the current car. The video only showed the vehicle getting unloaded from a truck before being driven a few yards down the road, but the short footage did give us some insight into what Hyundai is working on.

Based on how the reversing lights came on as the car was put into gear, it appears Hyundai is working on a dual-clutch transmission version of the Veloster N. Now YouTuber Carspotter Jeroen has more footage of the car lapping the Nurburgring, giving us even more proof of the rumored DCT.

Unlike the previous video, this one gives us a good listen of the car at full throttle. Not only does the exhaust sound fantastic, but we can also clearly make out quick shifts through the gears. A DCT car sounds distinctly different than a manual one during shifts and this test mule clearly sounds like a DCT. Since going on sale earlier this year, the Veloster N has only been available with a six-speed manual sending power to the front wheels. The base car produces 250 horsepower while the performance package brings this figure up to 275 hp.

The Veloster N's closest competitor, the Honda Civic Type R, also sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual while other hot hatchbacks in this segment, like the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, use all-wheel-drive. Hyundai has also been rumored to be working on an all-wheel-drive version of the Veloster N, but this video shows little evidence that the test mule has four driven wheels. We aren't sure when Hyundai will announce a DCT option for the Veloster N but we think the new transmission option will help bring in customers who simply don't want to drive a manual transmission every day.

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