Hyundai's hot hatch could get a dual-clutch option.
We fell in love with the Hyundai Veloster N as soon as we laid eyes on it. The Veloster N is the first Hyundai N Performance model for the US market and comes powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Like its competition from Ford, the Veloster N will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission. Or so we thought. According to Car Advice, the i30 N (basically a cousin to the Veloster N) could be getting a dual-clutch transmission option in 2019.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but Bill Thomas, communications boss for Hyundai Australia, said it’s a “no-brainer to bring the standard i30 N out once the DCT is online.” This news was backed up by the company CEO, who acknowledged the “sales limitations” of only offering a manual transmission. The DCT would arrive sometime in 2019, but it is unknown what the take rate will be for this option. Of course, this news is contained to the Australian market, so we can take it with a grain of salt. As much as we love the Veloster N for only offering a manual, Hyundai would be smart to sell a dual-clutch alongside the manual to help increase the car's marketability.
We would expect Hyundai to use some variant of the seven-speed DCT found in the Veloster Turbo. For now, the Veloster N will be manual only, but we wouldn't be shocked if a dual-clutch eventually became an option.