It is becoming a habit: the very heavy tax rules imposed by the government on cars deemed polluting are gradually killing conventional sports cars. Will we be entitled to the i20 N that will be rolling in Europe as early as next spring? It is still too early to say. But what is certain is that N Division engineers have not been idle when it comes to radicalizing the i20 city car.
Without turning it into a rally-inspired car like the Yaris GR, one of its most famous competitors, the Korean can still count on a 1.6 turbocharged 4-cylinder with 204 hp and 275 Nm at 1,175 rpm to move its featherweight 1,190 kg. The engine is very similar to the one found in Kia’s Ceed GT, ProCeed and XCeed, except that here it’s exclusively mated to a 6-speed manual transmission for more involvement behind the wheel.
Hyundai i20N fficially revealed as the brand’s first supermini-sized hot hatch full details.
- Smaller than i30 N
- 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine
- 204hp and 270Nm of torque
- 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds
- Sports suspension
- Interior upgrades
- On sale in 2021
- Set to cost from £20-25,000
Everything from a big
In addition, the i20 N can rely on technologies such as rev matching (automatic throttle shift on downshifting) or a mechanical limited slip differential to ensure a high level of sportiness. The undercarriage section has of course been copiously revised: in addition to a ground clearance lowered by 10 mm, the chassis has been reinforced at 12 points, the springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars are specific to the N version and the geometry is more aggressive than on the standard versions. The brakes have obviously been increased to take up the extra power.
The look is in tune with the technical specifications with a suggestive body kit (grille with specific patterns, front bumper with enlarged air intakes, diffuser, 18-inch wheels, spoiler…) and contrasting red details. Much wiser, the interior can still count on an aluminum pedi-cal, blue details, sport seats and a specific steering wheel. The latter incorporates two N buttons that allow you to directly call up the most extreme driving modes. There are five in all (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom), which act on engine response, steering, artificial sound in the cabin and ESP. Note that the latter is totally disconnectable for the most daring.
The interior of the Hyundai i20 N benefits from a few specific elements, such as the steering wheel and its N buttons for the driving modes.© Hyundai