Refreshed 2020 Hyundai Veloster N gets new ‘N Grin Shift’ transmission setting…

Hyundai Veloster N to get eight-speed DCT

The refreshed 2020 Hyundai Veloster N isn’t available in Oz, but its new N 8-speed dual-clutch transmission will be available on i30 N and Fastback N next year.

Boasting such settings as N Grin Shift and N Power Shift, the all-new N 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT) has been debuted on the refreshed Veloster N in Korea overnight. While that car isn’t available in Australia, the transmission will be fitted to both the Aussie-delivered i30 N and i30 Fastback N early next year (2021).

Given buyers are moving away from manual transmissions like as if you’ll catch coronavirus from them (too soon?), Hyundai wanted its new eight-speeder to “provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission”.

So, what’s this N Grin Shift all about, then? Activate it and torque is increased by seven percent to 377Nm by allowing turbocharger overboost and maximises transmission response for 20 seconds – “performance that is certain to induce “driver grin”,” Hyundai’s press guff said.

There’s also N Power Shift which activates automatically when you pin the throttle at more than 90 percent. Apparently, this gives the driver “a responsive feeling of dynamic acceleration when shifting”. Then there’s N Track Shift that can magically (not by actual magic) “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”.

We’re looking forward to giving these new transmission settings a thrashing when this new transmission arrives here on the updated i30 N and i30 Fastback N early next year.

Question: Do you miss the good old days when manual transmissions were the first-choice ‘box on hot hatches? See you in the comments.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.