Manual hot hatch populations are decreasing, which is no wonder, as demand for three-pedal cars is decreasing. Volkswagen’s hotter Golf versions (the Diesel GTS and electrified GTE) with both DSG only fitted have dropped the stick-shift option. Fortunately, a six-speed manual was maintained by the German brand GTI.
In the United States, for the first time in 2019, electric vehicles sold out manually coded cars. Hyundai remains committed to keeping its stick live in the near future by improving its performance-focusing N division in the hot strolling cars as it introduces a new generation of battery-powered vehicles.
Honda and Ford also maintained their hot, manual hatches, all using six-speed manual gearboxes with Civic Type R, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST. On the other hand, Hyundai promises not to abandon its N cars’ manual transmission.
Hyundai admitted that the number of buyers who raise their hands for a hot hatch with automated drive is important. This is why, in 2020, the Veloster N (and i30 N sold in overseas) was assisted by an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission moved by paddle.
A spicier evolution of the i20, a compact hatchback not sold in the US, will be Hyundai’s next N-badged model. The Ford Fiesta ST will be targeted directly and comes standard with a six-speed stick. The Kona N is also under development by American dealers, although its transport options remain unconfirmed. And we still expect the Hyundai concept of the Mid-Engine RM derived from Veloster to come into being.
The i20 N is about to be released, on the other hand. Earlier reports have speculated that the pocket rocket will receive or will not change the stick, but purist brand fans will sleep now knowing that the Korean brand does not drop the MT option.
However, Hyundai acknowledges that there is no longer a strong demand for manual transmissions.
By Noni Nchwe