Hyundai‘s new hot hatch is supposed to only offer a manual transmission, but that may not be the case in other markets.
Posted on Instagram are photos of what appears to be a Hyundai Veloster N prototype with either an automatic or dual clutch transmission, instead of the manual six-speed that debuted with the car. It’s more likely it’s a dual clutch unit rather than a traditional automatic, since other Veloster models do offer a dual clutch transmission.
The 275-horsepower Veloster N made its debut earlier this year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, with power sent to the front wheels through a short-throw, six-speed manual transmission.
It’s unclear if the dual clutch transmission will be offered in North America, or if the Veloster N will stay exclusive with a six-speed manual transmission. But the Korean automaker has been testing all-wheel drive and automatic transmissions, knowing that those may be necessary to attract more buyers in the future. Hyundai did say it sees paddle-shift transmissions as a necessity going forward.
The good news is, the manual transmission is here to stay on Hyundai N models, at least for the foreseeable future.
[Source: Instagram, Reddit]