We knew it was coming and the2020 Hyundai Veloster Nhas just been unveiled with an all-new N eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.
Hyundai has been developing this transmission for quite some time to be offered alongside the six-speed manual. It will soon find its way also into thei30 N and i30 Fastback Nand is equipped with electronic actuators that operate the double-clutch system. Being a wet DCT, it uses oil to significantly improve lubrication and cooling performance over a dry dual-clutch.
Coupled to the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine we’re familiar with, the newVeloster Nwill hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds. Hyundai’s press release makes no mention of whether this engine will continue to be offered in 250 hp and 275 hp guises in the U.S.
The dual-clutch comes with a host of unique features to add to the driver involvement. For starters, there is an ‘N Grin Shift’ (NGS) mode that increases torque by 7 per cent from 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) to 278 lb-ft (377 Nm) by allowing turbocharger overboost and maximizing transmission response for 20 seconds.
Hyundai’s new eight-speed also includes N Power Shift (NPS) that engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent throttle and operates upshifts at the perfect time to deliver maximum power to the wheels. There is also an N Track Sense Shift (NTS) that determines when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving and activates automatically to select the right gear and shift timing.
It’s not just the dual-clutch that is new for the 2020 model year. The updated Hyundai Veloster N comes fitted with an enlarged eight-inch infotainment system and a JBL premium audio system. Other features include Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies with Front Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.
New optional N Light Sports Bucket Seats have also been developed for the car and are clad in Alcantara while weight approximately 2 kg (4.4 lbs) less than the standard seats.
The 2020Hyundai VelosterN will go on sale in South Korea later in April followed by other markets in the coming months.