Not everyone wants to row their own gears.
Hyundai has officially revealed its "newly enhanced" 2020 Veloster N, originally set to debut at the 2020 New York Auto Show. While there were some rumors regarding a possible power boost, the reality is that the Hyundai Veloster N will soon be offered with a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox instead of just a six-speed manual.
This isn't exactly breaking news given past rumors and Hyundai itself teasing the new transmission, and many performance enthusiasts will now face a tough decision: the joy of rowing their own gears vs. enhanced performance. The fact that this is a "wet" DCT means it uses oil to improve lubrication and cooling performance, thus making it more suitable for high-torque applications.
Let's talk power. The Veloster N DCT features an increase of front-wheel-drive torque by seven percent, from 260 lb-ft to 278 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder remains, still producing 250 horsepower, although with the optional Performance Package output is raised to 275 hp. Hyundai claims the increased torque comes from the N Grin Shift (NGS) technology because it allows turbocharger overboost and maximizes transmission response for 20 seconds, resulting in more "driver grin."
The hot hatch also features N Track Sense (NTS), capable of distinguishing between road conditions. It automatically activates by selecting the right gear and shift timing. There's also the new N Power Shift (NPS) that kicks in when the car increases speed with more than 90 percent of throttle. It manages torque reduction by utilizing upshifts to provide maximum power to the front wheels.
Drivers can monitor this cool transmission tech through the eight-inch infotainment system, which is also equipped with a JBL premium sound system. With enhanced performance, Hyundai has also added Nurburgring-developed N Light Sports Bucket Seats that are nearly 4.5 pounds lighter than the normal seats. These new seats also feature a cool illuminated logo located on the upper side of the backrest. From the outside, the Veloster N DCT is no different from its manual counterpart. Hyundai says sales will get underway this month in South Korea with other countries to follow in due course.