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The Hyundai Veloster N Won't Lose Its Manual Any Time Soon

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But a dual-clutch could still be in the works.

It is rare in 2019 - especially in the United States - to see a car sold without the option of an automatic transmission. The Hyundai Veloster N is one of the few cars on sale to only come with a six-speed manual transmission. But soon after the car was released, it was already rumored that a dual-clutch option would be added in the future. Fast forward to earlier this year and Hyundai was spotted testing a prototype Veloster N on the Nurburgring, which appeared to have a DCT.

Hyundai hasn't said much officially about the DCT but speaking to Australian outlet Car Advice during the launch event for the new Venue crossover, the company confirmed a DCT is coming for the Veloster N's sister car, the i30 N. Sadly though, the transmission has been delayed.

"We're getting the DCT. [It will be here] late 2020," said Hyundai Australia CEO, J.W. Lee. "Once we have the DCT it will increase our [volume], and help to convince HMC [Global] to develop more right-hand-drive N products." This news is rather specific to the Australian market but it seems unlikely Hyundai would develop a DCT for the i30 N without also offering it on the Veloster N. The two share a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing either 250 or 275 horsepower, so there is no reason why the new DCT wouldn't fit perfectly in both models.

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Lee didn't mention the cause of the delays but did say the DCT is arriving 12 months later than expected. Offering a DCT seems like a smart move because the Veloster N's key competitor, the Honda Civic Type R, is only offered with a six-speed manual. This is great for enthusiasts who like to row their own gears but it may put off buyers who drive every day in traffic. Manual transmissions make up a minuscule percentage of the US car market and Hyundai stands to generate sales by offering an automatic option.

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