Veloster N gets powerful dual-clutch transmission

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Veloster N gets powerful dual-clutch transmission

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The Veloster N hatchback. [HYUNDAI MOTOR]

Hyundai Motor has added a new transmission to one of its high-performance models to bolster its appeal to drivers looking for sporty vehicle options.

Korea’s top automaker announced Tuesday that it has started sales for the upgraded Veloster N hatchback, which now comes with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission to provide a smoother and more fuel-efficient ride.

Hyundai Motor said the addition of the new transmission system on top of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine allows the Veloster N to boost its ratings up to 275 horsepower and 36 kilogram-meters (260 pound-feet) in torque. The wet clutch unit allows the Veloster N to race from a full stop to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in speed in 5.6 seconds, half a second quicker than the original.

The automaker said it also added a number of new features that go along with the new transmission to provide better driving pleasure.

With a “revolution matching” system, the new Veloster N automatically adjusts the engine rotation rate to provide smoother speed changes. The N Power Shift controls the engine to provide more aggressive gear changes.

And its “track sense” shift system helps the car to automatically downshift when the Veloster decelerates, allowing drivers to engage in a “racing game-like experience,” Hyundai Motor said.

To support that experience, Hyundai Motor said customers can choose to upgrade the seats for the new Veloster N. Depending on the options, the seats can be thinner than usual car seats and up to 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) lighter.

On top of improving the performance level, Hyundai Motor said the new Veloster N comes with the latest eight-inch infotainment system that supports wireless updates on its navigation features. The automaker also added a number of high-tech convenience and safety features, included in all modern Hyundai Motor cars.

The new Veloster N starts at 29.44 million won ($24,000).

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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