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Hyundai Shifts Veloster N Into New Gear With Wet Dual-Clutch Transmission

Photo Credit : Hyundai Motor America


The first vehicle in Hyundai’s high-performance line sold in Canada and North America as a whole, the Veloster N combines the unique 2+1 door hatchback body style and a fully race-inspired equipment package that include a 275-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Debuting in 2019, the Hyundai Veloster N sports car enters its third year of production with a new high-tech, smart-shifting transmission option. Unveiled in April as an in-house design by Hyundai, the all-new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission will be offered as a choice for the Veloster N sold in North America for the 2021 model year. 

Also known as the N DCT, Hyundai’s dual-clutch transmission is developed a means to furnish exciting performance similar to the Veloster N’s existing six-speed manual gearbox with some useful perks that may be more appealing for daily driving. Capable of operating in manual or automatic modes, a dual-clutch transmission has already been available with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo for many years. In addition to its higher gear count, the major feature with the dual-clutch transmission is the application of a wet-type gearbox. 

A wet dual-clutch transmission design employs the use of lubricating oil as well as an electric oil pump to better facilitate cooling and reduce the wear on the clutches under more aggressive driving conditions. Most dual-clutch transmissions, specifically those equipped with smaller engines, are classified as a dry DCT. Dry dual-clutch transmissions are designed to operate without lubrication making them preferable as a simpler and lighter variant where torque is less extreme. However, a dry DCT is less suitable with higher torque engines where greater stresses are exerted during shifting. Though a seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission found on the Veloster Turbo is a dry version, the wet N DCT to in place to help drivers realize the full performance of a 275-horsepower engine. The construction of Hyundai’s wet dual-clutch transmission also focuses on a lightweight design that includes an electric motor for the clutch actuator assembly, an electromechanical gear actuator and hollow input shafts. 


Photo Credit: Hyundai Motor America



The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N equipped with the new wet dual-clutch transmission provides the purest driving feel of manual gear shifts or the calculated gear shifts planned through sophisticated electronic programming in automatic mode with the addition of other enticing performance settings. N Grin Shift is a selectable sport feature on the Veloster N’s dual-clutch transmission that grants a temporary torque increase from 260 pound-feet to 278 pound-feet of torque. The additional 18 pound-feet of torque is available for up to 20 seconds through N Grin Shift. N Track Sense Shift is best prepared to select the precise gear as the right time for stellar performance in optimized road conditions. When more than 90-percent throttle is applied with the Hyundai Veloster N with the dual-clutch transmission, N Power Shift insures maximum engine power is sent to the drive wheels providing peak acceleration. According to Hyundai, acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 96.56 kilometers per hour) takes just 5.6 seconds (slightly slower than the 5.2-second time advertised with the Veloster N fitted with a manual transmission). Other driver customization features are available also included with the N DCT. 

Pricing information for the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N has not yet been disclosed. The 2020 model year Veloster N’s Canadian MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) cost $35,049 with the six-speed manual transmission. Depending on the MSRP remaining the same for 2021, the N DCT equipped version of the unique sport hatch could be roughly $1,500-2,000 more than the version fitted with a manual gearbox if considering the price difference of similar transmissions with the Veloster Turbo. 

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