Korean hot hatch fans are in for a treat as Hyundai has given the popular Veloster N hot hatch a few improvements for the 2020 model year. The most notable of these changes is the addition of a new 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
Called the N DCT, the ultra-fast shifting automatic transmission is operated via the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters or the tiptronic shifter, providing the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission. This new N DCT will also be used in the upcoming all-new Hyundai Sonata N-Line.
With the new N DCT, the Veloster N can accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 5.6 seconds. This is about the same, if not slightly faster than the Veloster N Performance Pack with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The new N DCT is also equipped with electronic actuators that operate the double clutch, providing ride comfort, smoother shifts, fuel efficiency and most importantly, driving fun. Unlike a dry DCT, the wet N DCT uses oil to significantly improve lubrication and cooling performance, which is typical of higher torque applications. Also, wet DCTs are not prone to overheating when used in crawling city traffic.
Hyundai has also equipped the N DCT with “video game-like features” called N Grin Shift (NGS) and N Power Shift (NPS).
While NGS isn’t the sexiest marketing name we’ve ever heard in recent memory, this feature increases torque by seven percent from 353 Nm to 377 Nm by allowing turbocharger overboost and maximizes transmission response for 20 seconds. Hyundai says this feature enables performance “that is certain to induce driver grin”.
On the other hand, NPS engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 percent of the throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels.
Lastly, Hyundai has also given its N DCT a feature called N Track Sense Shift (NTS). NTS 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”.
As for interior changes, the Hyundai Veloster N can now be had with lightweight N Light Sports Bucket Seats. These seats weight 2 kg less than the standard seats and it also features an illuminated N logo on the upper backrests. To keep drivers in place under hard cornering, the lightweight bucket seats are also wrapped in Alcantara.
Under the hood of the Hyundai Veloster N is still the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine as the previous model, but as mentioned, it now produces seven percent more torque at 377 Nm (up from 353 Nm). Horsepower figures remain unchanged, which is still at 250 hp for the base engine and 275 hp with the optional Performance Pack, which adds an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, larger brakes, active exhaust, and bigger 19-inch wheels.
The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N with the new 8-speed N DCT will first go on sale in South Korea this month, while a global release will follow shortly. In the Philippines, the Hyundai Veloster N without the Performance Package is available via indent order for P2,058,000.