Hyundai has updated its Veloster N hot hatch for the 2020 model year.
The headline change is the addition of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, dubbed ‘N DCT’, which uses a wet clutch to improve cooling and performance over a typical dry-clutch setup.
It’s mated exclusively to the higher-output ‘Performance Pack’ variant of the existing car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 202kW of power and 353Nm of torque to the front wheels.
However, the twin-clutch transmission’s quicker shifts cut the 0-100km/h sprint time from the six-speed manual’s 6.2-second claim to a more spritely 5.6 seconds – 0.1 seconds quicker than the 420Nm Ford Focus ST, and two tenths faster than Honda’s 228kW Civic Type R.
A range of software features are on offer claiming to improve performance in optimal environments.
‘N Grin Shift’ – activated via a button on the steering wheel – places the turbocharger into overboost for a 20 second period, increasing maximum torque output to a potent 378Nm while also optimising transmission response.
‘N Power Shift’ engages when more than 90 per cent throttle application is detected, and tweaks transmission mapping to maximise the amount of power reaching the tarmac during upshifts and downshifts.
There’s also an ‘N Track Sense Shift’ mode, which recognises “optimal” road conditions for spirited driving and selects the correct gear and shift timing to enhance performance.
Further additions to the Veloster N for MY20 include a larger 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a JBL premium sound system and the option of new ‘N Light Sports Bucket Seats’, which tip in at 2kg lighter than the standard pews thanks to a unibody design and Alcantara/leather combination upholstery, and feature illuminated N logos in the backrests.
The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N goes on sale in South Korea this month, with a US launch – the only other market the hot Veloster is sold in – set to follow later in the year.
The Veloster N’s left-hand-drive-only nature means it remains off-limits for Australian buyers. Australia’s i30 N hatch and Fastback are set to receive the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic option when the facelifted model arrives Down Under in early 2021, with a global reveal set to occur before the year is out.