Why not, it is said that Hyundai held Audi DCT's up to it as a guide to follow and beat. The 8 speed was made with high performance driving as it's #1 job, The 7 speed was tuned and fully setup for Grandpa driving with almost no time tuning for high performance driving.Personally not impressed.
No, totally different transmissions, dry vs wet clutch. The only hope is if the 2021 Kona N-Line with the 7 speed had the trans tune changed to fix their crap coding for high performance use. It is said the trans computer password has been cracked, but we need a tuner to take this on. But how many Kona owner will flash their trans to make it a viable time investment vs the cost of the flash if even possible. THen there is another HUGE issue is getting a working high performance clutch to work in the 7 speed that is not an easy clutch to increase torque input. I have talked to a known clutch company that makes custom clutches and they know this 7 speed . The enginners are still looking at it and said it doesn't look good.Excuse the ignorance but if its all programming related can Hyundai copy or mimic the code of the veloster to the konas through an update?