The heavily camouflaged prototypes sound good.
Hyundai has been on something of a roll lately. Considering the situation, it posted impressive sales last month and the hype around its Golf GTI rival, the i30 N, hasn't waned much since its reveal. For reference, the i30 Nwon't be coming to the US, although it has been rumored that the car underneath, the Elantra GT, could get some of the N performance upgrades eventually. What we will be getting is the Veloster N, and although the video below pertains to the model we won't receive, it does show a car that shares gearbox technology with the Veloster in the form of a dual-clutch automatic.
The video above reveals the i30 N and its interesting fastback sibling testing at the Ring, and as you can hear, they're fitted with the DCT. We're still very excited that Hyundai is continuing to offer a manual transmission, but for those who don't appreciate the notchy feeling of slotting their own gears home, the availability of a DCT could win them over. Still, we are more than a little disappointed that the i30 N isn't coming, but hey, if the Veloster N does well here and sells in large numbers, Hyundai will certainly take note, possibly changing its tune on which cars we do get.
As has been the case for a long time now, Hyundai is doing a great job of pushing ahead with design, technology, and performance, and the fact that its new transmission is being tested on track shows that it's taking that last facet of performance very seriously. It's always difficult for people to move away from brands that they've always loved, but with the Koreans making better and better cars, it's hard to ignore them anymore. Does the offering of a dual-clutch transmission change your mind about the brand, and make it more likely that you'll buy one of its cars? We hope so, because then we'll keep getting cool cars from the company.