Hyundai unveiled the enhanced version of the Veloster N hot hatch which is now available with the all-new 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT)!
According to Hyundai, the N DCT was developed “to provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission”. The new gearbox is equipped with electronic actuators that operate the double-clutch, “providing ride comfort, fuel efficiency and most importantly, driving fun”. Unlike a dry double-clutch transmission, the wet N DCT uses oil to significantly improve lubrication and cooling performance, which is typical of higher torque applications.
Under the bonnet we find the usual turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine producing 275 hp / 202 kW. The news here is that when using the N Grin Shift (NGS) overboost mode, the driver gains access to an increased 377 Nm of torque (+24 Nm) for up to 20″ of operation. Additionally, N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90% of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels.
The N DCT also comes with N Track Sense Shift (NTS) that discerns when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving and activates automatically, selecting the right gear and shift timing just like a professional race car driver to provide optimal performance. All of these features can be configured in Veloster N’s improved infotainment system through the 8″ touchscreen. Along with other updated features, such as Rev Matching, Launch Control and Overboost, Veloster N is optimized to automatically sense the customer’s driving style as well as the road conditions to optimize shift points.
Thanks to all these, the automatic Veloster N accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5,6″ which makes it -0,5″ faster than the manual!
Besides the hardware and software updates, the Veloster N also gets a JBL premium sound system and the option of the new N Light Sports Bucket Seats. The unibody bucket seats are upholstered in suede-like Alcantara, have an illuminated N logo on the upper side of the backrest and weight approximately 2kg less than the standard units.
Last but not least, the Veloster N comes with Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies, including Front Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW).
The refreshed Veloster N will be available this month starting from South Korea, with other markets to follow shortly. The same N-DCT automatic gearbox will soon find its way in the facelifted Hyundai i30 N (read more here).