Will the Hyundai Veloster N Get a Dual-Clutch Automatic?
Hyundai entered the competitive and smile-making world of hot hatches with the i30 N that is slated for other markets and the Veloster N that is coming to North America. Both vehicles—which share the same powertrain—come equipped with an enthusiast-preferred six-speed manual but a dual-clutch transmission could be offered later in production.
The i30 N will likely receive a dual-clutch option “late in 2019,” according to a report from CarAdvice. When speaking to Australian Hyundai executives, the “sales limitations” of offering a manual exclusively were mentioned as a contributing factor.
Although we aren’t getting the i30 N, we expect the Veloster N to follow suit and offer the automatic—probably an eight-speed unit that is currently in development—as well.
Sales might be one reason for offering a dual-clutch, but improved performance cannot be overlooked because these automatics tend to have quicker acceleration numbers than manual-equipped vehicles.
The redesigned 2019 Veloster offers a base 147-hp 2.0-liter I-4 engine and an optional 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo-four. The 2.0-liter can be paired to a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic and the 1.6-liter turbo-four is backed by either the six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The front-drive Veloster N packs a 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual offers downshift rev-matching and features carbon-coated synchros and reinforced gears.
Enthusiasts will probably knock on the blandness of a dual-clutch automatic, but adding this option should increase the appeal of the hot hatch to more drivers.