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Hyundai Motor unveils enhanced version of high-performance Veloster N

By Lim Chang-won Posted : April 21, 2020, 17:31 Updated : April 21, 2020, 17:31

[Courtesy of Hyundai Motor]

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor unveiled the enhanced version of its high-performance car, Veloster N, equipped with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission called "N DCT," saying it is designed and engineered to deliver exhilarating driving fun.

N DCT provides the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission, Hyundai said in a statement, adding the new Veloster N can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in 5.6 seconds.

Hyundai's N brand was first launched in 2015 to benchmark other high-performance brands such as AMG of Mercedes Benz, M of BMW and RS of Audi. Veloster N attracts young consumers who wish to drive high-performance cars.

Hyundai described the new Veloster N as a true "corner rascal" that brings racetrack capabilities to an everyday sports car.

“Veloster N demonstrates Hyundai’s approach to high-performance cars," Thomas Schemera, head of Hyundai's product division, was quoted as saying. "Anyone who wants a fun driving experience will jump at the chance to pilot the new Veloster N -- an everyday sports car with racetrack capabilities."

N DCT is equipped with electronic actuators that operate a double clutch, providing ride comfort, fuel efficiency and driving fun, Hyundai said. "Unlike a dry double-clutch transmission, the wet N DCT uses oil to significantly improve lubrication and cooling performance, which is typical of higher torque applications."

-- The N Grin Shift (NGS) increases torque by seven percent by allowing turbocharger overboost and maximizes transmission response for 20 seconds.

-- The N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 percent of throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. This gives the driver a responsive feeling of dynamic acceleration when shifting.

-- The N Track Sense Shift (NTS) 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.

Hyundai said that all of these features can be configured in an improved infotainment system on a high-definition eight-inch display, paired with a premium sound system. Veloster N is optimized to automatically sense the customer’s driving style and road conditions to optimize shift points. If the driver is pushing the car on a racetrack, it will use the full spectrum of available engine revolutions.


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