Yep, Hyundai’s Still Testing The Veloster N With A DCT ‘Box

The Hyundai Veloster N is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, yet that’s about to change. Seen testing at the Nurburgring not long ago was a prototype of the car equipped with an automatic transmission – and now a different example with the same ‘box has been nabbed again at the same track.

Given the quick-shifting sounds and Hyundai’s existing DCT gearbox, we are, in all likelihood, looking at some sort of dual-clutch automatic, which will still be coupled to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

In base form, the mill delivers 250 PS (246 hp / 184 kW) and 352 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. With the optional Performance Package comes a boost in power, to 275 PS (271 hp / 202 kW), as well as some performance-enhancing features such as an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels wrapped in grippy Pirelli P Zero rubber, bigger brakes and a sports exhaust system.

Also Watch: Is The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Any Match For The Honda Civic Type R?

We don’t know yet if the new DCT will be offered with the more powerful version of the car only, but it will likely drop a few tenths of a second off the 6.1-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) run of the manual model. On our side of the Atlantic Ocean, the Veloster N Performance Package has an MSRP of $29,000, $2,100 more than the entry-level car. Expect a small price bump in the case of the automatic version.

Given that testing of the DCT-equipped Veloster N seems to be almost ready, we wouldn’t be surprised if Hyundai launches it before the end of the year.


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  • Benjamin B.

    Yes, but what’s the point? I’d rather just get an AWD VW Golf R with a DCT. VW’s dual clutches are smoother. If I wanted something fast, I’d rather have Kia Stinger GT or even a V8-powered Ford Mustang GT.

    • Jason Miller

      The “what about this instead” argument can be said for any car. It’s a terrible argument.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Isn’t a Golf R with the DSG just as fast as the Kia Stinger GT?

      • Darius Davis

        0-60 wise and thats only when you use launch control.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      It’s sad that VW’s DSG is known for breaking down very fast, especially if used aggressively.

    • Darius Davis

      What’s the point? You do know the Veloster N starts in the mid 20s right? The Golf R? Right at 40k

    • bd0007

      Not everyone wants the added weight of an AWD-system, plus the Veloster-N has a bit of understeer, making it feel more like a RWD vehicle in turns.

      Plus, Hyundai is working on an AWD Veloster-N/i30N w/ more power and the new 8 spd DCT is a “wet” box, so should be pretty smooth.

  • Jason Miller

    This is an 8-speed wet clutch setup. It’s going to rock. VW watch your back.

  • Tabs Luther

    Potentially cracking the 5.0s – 60 barrier would be pretty awesome for the low $30k range. Shouldn’t add too much weight either.

    • The Watcher

      Subaru has already done that with its AWD standard WRX.

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