Hyundai Veloster N gets launch control with DCT in the United States
Hyundai did announce back in April that its Veloster N hot hatch would be getting eight-speed dual-clutch transmission on the North American market when it ships in October, but it neglected to mention a few other important features.
The performance-oriented Veloster also gets a special transmission mode called N Power Shift, which automatically engages when you floor the gas pedal and forces the DCT to hold on to its current gear for a bit longer before switching.
The engine also has its positive quirks. Pushing a dedicated button on the steering wheel activates N Grin Shift, which briefly raises the torque from 353 to 378 Newton-meters (262 – 282 feet-pounds, respectively). The power stays unchanged at 275 hp (205 kW), but the gearbox enters the most aggressive mode available to it. The whole effect lasts for 20 seconds.
This enables the Hyundai Veloster N DCT to go 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 5.6 seconds, or around 0.5s faster than its stick-shift counterpart.
Additionally, the N Light seats that are considered premium equipment in South Korea are included in the standard trim in the USA. They weigh around 2 kilos (5 lbs) less than the stock ones and feature improved lateral support, built-in headrests and LED-lit N letters.
Editor Andrew Raspopov