After a lengthy waiting period, Hyundai’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is finally making its way underneath one of the brand’s N performance products.
A 15-second teaser video released by the Korean carmaker shows the US- and Korea-only Veloster N will be the first N model to gain the paddle-shift gearbox, slotting alongside the existing six-speed manual gearbox.
The wet unit first debuted in the not-for-Australia 2021 Kia Optima GT in December, before appearing in the Genesis G80 and GV80, Kia Sorento and upcoming Hyundai Sonata N-Line.
Unique to the automatic model is a feature known as ‘N Grin Shift’, which can be activated via a button on the steering wheel where the manual’s rev-matching toggle used to lie.
Based on the 20-second timer that appears on the instrument cluster after the driver in the video triggers it, the system appears to be some form of on-demand overboost mode, which – by our best guess – would unleash the engine’s full potential by momentarily placing the gearbox in its most aggressive mode.
Also shown in the video is a new pair of front sports seats, which are more heavily bolstered than the existing units and feature illuminated N logos.
No changes are expected under the bonnet, where the 2019 model’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is expected to carry over with unchanged outputs of 202kW of power and 353Nm of torque (or 378Nm on overboost) in top-trim Performance Pack equipped models.
The dual-clutch-equipped 2020 Hyundai Veloster N is expected to make its full debut within the next two weeks, ahead of a rumoured launch in its home market of South Korea by the end of the month.
The eight-speed auto is set to join the related i30 N’s range upon receiving its mid-life facelift later this year. The Korean brand’s local arm has confirmed the double-clutch hot hatch will touch down in Australia in early 2021.