Saturday, February 4, 2023
News The Hyundai Veloster N’s DCT Has 8 Forward Gears

The Hyundai Veloster N’s DCT Has 8 Forward Gears

We were off by one gear – The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N and its new 8-speed N DCT.


  • The N’s new dual-clutch transmission, or N DCT, has 8 gears, and not 7.

  • Also new are N Light Sport Bucket Seats with illuminated logo.

  • Will be available for the 2021 model year.


Just last week we shared a video that hinted at the coming of an automated manual transmission in Hyundai’s superb pocket rocket, the Hyundai Veloster N. At the time, we guessed that the unit was going to be an upgraded 7-speed unit shared with the Elantra N Line and the Veloster Turbo. We were wrong as the Veloster N’s ‘box is an 8-speed, like the one found in the Hyundai Sonata N-Line.

2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT | Photo: Hyundai

We got one thing right, however: The new transmission drops the 0-100km/h sprint time to 5.6 seconds. Also include a video game-like feature. Hyundai calls it the N Grin Shift (NGS) and it increases torque by 7 percent from 36.0 to 38.5kgf-m. It enables turbocharger overboost and “maximizes transmission response for 20 seconds – performance that is certain to induce “driver grin”.

Also part of the transmission’s packaging is launch control and N Track Sense Shift (NTS). The latter does all the thinking for driver where it “discerns when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving and activates automatically, selecting the right gear and shift timing just like a professional race car driver to provide optimal performance.” In other words, the new N DCT takes the Veloster N’s potential to the next level.

The Superb Hyundai Veloster N Is Getting A Dual-Clutch Transmission

A new option for 2021 is N Light Sports Bucket Seats. These unibody bucket seats are wrapped in Alacantara, weigh 2kg less than the regular seats and sport an illuminated N logo.

The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N will be launched in South Korea this month followed by other markets. Pricing for the option will be shared closer to introduction. We still think it’ll be about $1,500.

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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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