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News Hot New 2022 Hyundai Kona N Is Tuned For Driving

Hot New 2022 Hyundai Kona N Is Tuned For Driving

The 2022 Hyundai Kona N isn’t just a dressed-up small SUV. It means business


  • The included N Dual-Clutch Transmission includes unique high-performance driving functions.

  • The Kona N and N DCT lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife about 1,350 times.

  • This small SUV is a full-on compact performance vehicle.


We’ve been talking about this little SUV for some time now. As it gets closer to its on-sale date, Hyundai wants to make sure that everyone understands that this isn’t just a Kona with larger wheels and red striping. For this round of “get-to-know-the-Kona-N”, we talk about the N Dual-Clutch 8-speed transmission.

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For this N application, Hyundai’s enhanced its durability to not only live up to the Kona N’s performance potential but that it will reliably survive the demands. This wet-type DCT relies on two electric oil pumps to keep the friction between the moving parts as low as possible. The pumped fluids also provide better cooling of the clutches enabling greater torque transfer through the gearbox.

The real cool stuff revolves around the N DCT’S high-performance functions and they are: N Grin Shift, N Power Shift, and N Track Sense Shift. Through various and dedicated shift-logic management, the transmission’s behaviour can be altered.

The N Power Shift (NPS) mode engages under 90% or more throttle pressure. It limits torque reductions during upshifts for maximum and sustained power delivery. The N Grin Shift (NGS) function acts as an “overboost” mode. The boost lasts for only 20 seconds but when activated via the steering wheel-mounted button, the DCT will directly downshift the most appropriate gear. This is the “push-to-pass” mode if you will. Best to plan properly as the ‘box needs 40 seconds to “reset” and go again.

2022 Hyundai Kona N | Photo: Kona

The N Track Sense Shift (NTS) mode thrives on a racetrack. It activates automatically when it recognizes optimal conditions for dynamic driving on a racetrack. Based on motorsport data combined with the driver’s demands, the Kona N selects the right gear and shift timing in sport driving conditions to provide peak performance, allowing the driver to focus on braking and steering.

For drivers who prefer to “shift” themselves, the 2022 Hyundai Kona N’s 8-speed DCT can be manually shifted via the paddle shifters.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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