The Hyundai Veloster N is one of my favorite cars on sale today. It's exactly the kind of sporty car I love -- not the most well-rounded in its class, but easily the most fun and memorable. For 2021 the Veloster N gets a new transmission option in the form of an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Veloster's quirky three-door body style and previously manual-only setup made it a super niche product. But friends, I'm happy to report that not only does the new DCT not ruin the Veloster N's fun, I actually think it's the transmission to get.
For 2021 the N's previously optional $2,100 Performance Package is now standard, meaning every Veloster N gets 275 horsepower (up from 250 on the old base car), an electronic limited-slip differential, larger brake discs, 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero summer tires, and an incredibly loud, crackly exhaust. This is all great news.
The Veloster N's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four also makes 260 pound-feet of torque, with peak twist arriving between 1,450 and 4,700 rpm. With the DCT Hyundai says the Veloster N will zip to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a couple tenths quicker than with the manual, and it feels even quicker than that. There's noticeable turbo lag at low speeds in some situations, but that just means you get to hear the turbo spool up and make fun wooshing noises.
The Good ~ Supremely fun to drive with the new automatic ~ More standard features and tech ~ Some of the best exhaust noise on the market
The Bad ~ Not quite the bargain it used to be ~ Disappointing lack of heated seats ~ Still no adaptive cruise control
The Bottom Line It's not the sharpest or the most practical hot hatch, but the Hyundai Veloster N is easily the most fun.
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