Is Hyundai Testing A Veloster N With A Dual-Clutch Transmission?

It’s been more than a year since the Veloster N was unveiled, yet Hyundai was recently spied testing a new prototype near the Nurburgring. Why? Well, there could be a very good reason for that.

Currently, the Veloster N is available solely with a six-speed manual transmission. This prototype, though, sounds like it’s fitted with some kind of automatic transmission. It is difficult to tell, but based on how seamlessly and fast it appears to shift, as well as the fact that Hyundai already has a dual-clutch gearbox available and this is a sporty model, it’s very possible that this car is indeed boasting a DCT.

Reports from early 2018 indicated that the Veloster N would receive an automatic transmission option sometime during 2019, and that seems to be the case, but before it is officially released, Hyundai is evidently putting it to the test at the Nordschleife.

A performance Hyundai for those that don’t want to row their own gears

Powering the Veloster N is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that, in base form, puts out 250 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Opt, however, for the Performance package, and max power increases to 275 horses, plus you also get an electronically controlled limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloys with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires to put the power to the tarmac even more efficiently.

There’s no solid info at the moment, but in all likelihood, the DCT version of the Veloster N will be sold in the same guises as the manual model, while the addition of a quick-shifting dual-clutch may shave a few tenths over its acceleration times.


  • Six_Tymes

    like it, but for me the original first version was the best looking. the design was spot on unique with character

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  • bd0007

    It’s a new performance-oriented 8 spd DCT; the i30N will be the first model to get it.

    • Alpina

      I recall they were talking about DCT when they first introduced i30N in a perod of 2 years max.
      It sounds promising, everyone nowday offers some kind of dual cluth transmission. For boy racers it will lower the 0-60 time and bragging rights, also for the 98% of the time it will provide comfortable ride wich to me is more important. After all, we are all participants in traffic.

  • Robb49

    While the dual clutch technology is interesting, the Hyundai version will likely cut corners and have a shortened service life as well be expensive to fix. They make their cars affordable by making them cheap.

    • Alpina

      I wouldn’t generalize, although I am biased to some car manufacturers. These new generations of Hyundai and Kia are not cheap like they’ve used to be. And when we speak of reliability Hyundai/Kia are few years back placed in top 10 reliable cars. I’ve seen some Getz’s doing 200k miles with no issues other than regular maintenace and some BMW’s with 100k miles with some expensive repairs. Every car maker had have some car in its history with some kind of defect. Some are easy to fix, some are not. Let’s don’t forget Focus RS with head gasket issue and Ford’s PowerShi(f)t problems. These are just my opinions, let’s just hope we all buy a perfect car for us that will last for years 🙂

      • Bige Lee

        They aren’t cheap and they are now developing every tech in-house. If there is any auto company that can build a competitive car from ground up without outsourcing a single part… Hyundai group is the only that’s capable.

    • baofe

      Umm citation needed bc otherwise you’re just assuming and stating your opinions. Regardless Hyundai has been working with dual-clutch technology for awhile (they got the euro-head execs and engineers behind the brand now anyways) plus they offer up that ridiculous power-train warranty. I’d say the auto is a safe bet for the N brand to reach a bigger audience.

    • javier

      it got 10 year powertrain warranty, lol

  • yomama

    Still underpowered… but at the same time the Focus RS is no more, they could at least have it match the Golf R’s current output which we all know is getting bumped up next gen.

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