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Hyundai has finished development work on an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that it says works in front-wheel drive applications and could feature within the brand’s N Performance range.

Speaking at the Paris motor show, Hyundai‘s head of vehicle test and high performance development, Albert Biermann, told Australian media that development work has finished on the brand’s first eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

“Right now, we have finished to develop a very nice eight-speed wet DCT for front wheel drive application, but that’s not confirmed yet…,” Biermann said.

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Biermann, who is in charge of the brand’s new N Performance range, said that he has driven a car on track with the development gearbox, suggesting that it could be a shoo-in for the N Performance range.

We know already that Hyundai plans to release six new N Performance models by 2019, with the i30N being the first, due to launch next year.

“Eight-speed, wet, and considered a very nice ‘box, and I wish someday…it’s not confirmed yet that this transmission will exist because it could also go into other Hyundai cars,” said Biermann.

“We have a plan to, or an idea when we would install it, but it’s not confirmed. As soon as this thing is confirmed, we will.”

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While Biermann is yet to confirm whether this gearbox will feature in the i30N, he did admit to CarAdvice that it could easily handle 290kW of power, suggesting it could also be used in the brand’s eventual all-wheel drive performance hatch, which was showcased in the RN30 concept vehicle.

“Even if it was to be something as high as 290kW, 450Nm, that is still within the bands that the transmission could handle,” Biermann said.

Although it’s only speculation on our part, this could even usher in a launch control feature within the gearbox to ensure N Performance cars clock respectable standing performance starts.




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