Hyundai Veloster N Adds Automatic Transmission: Blasphemy or ‘That’s for Me’?

hyundai-veloster-n-2020-01-angle--blue--dynamic--exterior--front--mountain.jpg 2020 Hyundai Veloster N | photo by Christian Lantry

The Hyundai Veloster N, which we at named our 2020 Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year, is getting more accessible — and that’s a good thing. Previously only available with a six-speed manual transmission, the 250-horsepower (or 275 with the Performance Package) hot hatch soon will be available with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The news comes to us via the Hyundai N performance division’s official Instagram account, and a series of teaser videos that culminated in a full reveal of the still-clearly-fun-to-drive, dual-clutch-automatic-equipped Veloster N doing fun driving stuff (on a closed course with a professional driver, of course). The teaser videos showed light-up emblems on the front seats and a feature called “N Grin Shift,” which seems to be some sort of 20-second-long extra-sporty mode.

Adding an automatic transmission to the Veloster N may be upsetting to purists who insist that manual-only performance cars are the Only True Cars and view the inability to operate a manual transmission as some sort of personal shortcoming. But not everyone wants to drive a manual every day and, especially given the current compromised state of consumer buying power amid the COVID-19 pandemic, owning two cars might not be the most feasible option in the foreseeable future. Manual transmissions are great, don’t get us wrong — we created a holiday for them, after all — but not only does this make the Veloster N accessible to more consumers, the dual-clutch automatic gives the car a greater justification for existing at all. Do you want more fun cars … or more SUVs? (Also, shhh, the dual-clutch Veloster N will probably be faster than the manual.)

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The full reveal video says the Veloster N with the dual-clutch will be a 2020 model, but news reports suggest that it may end up in the U.S. as a 2021.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Road Test Editor Brian Normile joined the automotive industry and in 2013 and became part of the Editorial staff in 2014. Brian spent his childhood devouring every car magazine he got his hands on — not literally, eventually — and now reviews and tests vehicles to help consumers make informed choices. Someday, Brian hopes to learn what to do with his hands when he’s reviewing a car on camera, and to turn his 2021 Hyundai Veloster N into a tribute to the great Renault mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive hatchbacks. He would daily-drive an Alfa Romeo 4C if he could. Email Brian Normile

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