Hyundai Adds DCT Automatic To Veloster N
When MotorWeek tested the 3-door Hyundai Veloster N about a year ago, we couldn’t say enough great things about it. The “N” treatment clearly unleashed the inner Veloster, a car we knew was in there but had been hidden by the desire to please the masses more than driving enthusiasts. In fact, that first Veloster N held its own very well at our winter testing facility, Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah. We especially loved it’s 6-speed manual with rev matching, features that that fit the have fun purpose of the car perfectly. But, alas, Hyundai just couldn’t resist the temptation to make the Veloster N appeal to a wider audience and has now introduced an automatic transmission for the hot hatchback. Mind you, it is a very competent sounding, oil lubricated Dual Clutch Transmission with 8-speeds and of course special N-car calibrations. Naturally there are DCT paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Hyundai says it goes from 0-62 MPH in 5.6 seconds, which is pretty much on par with the 0-60 MPH of 5.2 seconds we saw with the manual at Roebling. Along with launch control there is also a mode called “Grin Shift” that allows overboost for the turbocharger to peak torque and quicken shifts for a short period of time. It all sounds very interesting and while we would still opt for the manual, we can’t wait to get this Veloster N DCT on the list for a race track outing. Other additions include infotainment upgrades and new sport seats. The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N goes on sale in Korea immediately and here likely by fall.