Hyundai Australia has announced the i30 N and i30 Fastback N will be offered locally with the brand’s new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission in early 2021.
The announcement follows the unveiling of the updated (not for Oz) Veloster N which features the new transmission.
Currently, Australian examples of both body styles of the i30 N are exclusively matched with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai says the N DCT is equipped with electronic actuators that operate the double-clutch to deliver driver engagement, ride comfort and fuel efficiency.
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 DCT is also equipped with video game-like features such as N Grin Shift (NGS) which increases torque by 7 per cent from 36.0 to 38.5kgf-m by allowing turbocharger overboost and maximises transmission response for 20 seconds – to induce “driver grin”.
Additionally, N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of the throttle, thereby mitigating any reduction in torque by using upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels.
N Track Sense Shift (NTS) is also included which distinguishes when road conditions are optimal for dynamic driving and activates automatically, selecting the right gear and shift timing.
Full Australian details will be announced in the lead up to the N DCT’s local launch early in 2021.
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