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By MT Bureau| Apr 09, 2021

Hyundai Reveals Upcoming Kona N with N DCT Transmission

Hyundai Motor has revealed details of the all-new KONA N. The KONA N will be available with an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission and a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 280 PS of power.

“The addition of the N DCT allows us to expand on the N brand’s ‘Fun to Drive’ philosophy,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “By integrating it into the all-new KONA N, we’re enabling all sorts of high-performance driving features and turning the KONA N into a true ‘hot SUV.’”

How does a wet type transmission help?
The wet-type DCT is structurally similar to a manual transmission, making it efficient at power delivery and shifting response. The system utilises a High-Flow Electric Oil Pump, which is responsible for gear lubrication and clutch cooling and a High-Pressure Electric Oil Pump that supplies oil to the accumulator and maintains the required pressure to control the gear shifts.

What is the N DCT?
N DCT is an improved version of the company’s in-house developed 8DCT, an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission. It gets increased durability, allowing it to handle the demands of high-performance vehicles.

The 2.0-litre T-GDI engine, it results in great performance via unique gear ratios. The transmission control unit is also calibrated for N, for faster shifting and enabling a range of exclusive driving features. The N DCT has been tested on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife for approximately 1,350 laps for durability during its development.

Features of the N DCT
The N DCT enables exclusive functions like N Power Shift, N Grin Shift and N Track Sense Shift. These features enhance the car’s capabilities by using dedicated shift logic management.

N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle, this allows increment of torque during upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. This gives the driver a “push feel” when upshifting.

N Grin Shift (NGS) maximises engine and DCT performance for 20 seconds. To get maximum acceleration, the car will directly shift down to the most appropriate gear. To activate the system, the driver must push a dedicated button on the steering wheel and a countdown on the cluster will show countdown for this function. After the “boost” has ended, drivers must wait at least 40 seconds to use it again. It can be a benefit when overtaking, merging on a highway or aiming for lap records.

Finally, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) optimises adaptive shift for racetrack driving. It recognises when the conditions are optimal for dynamic driving on a racetrack and activates automatically. Based on motorsport data combined with the driver’s behaviour, the car selects the right gear and shift timing to provide optimal performance.

These dedicated N features are in addition to five different drive modes of the N Grin Control System: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and Custom. Unlike with a traditional automatic transmission vehicle, in vehicles with N DCT, the driver can choose to turn off the creep function via the N custom settings. The KONA N with N DCT also allows the option to switch to manual mode using paddle shifters or the gear knob. (MT)

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