REVEALED: Hyundai i20 N set to shake up the small hot hatch world
Hyundai has finally revealed its long-awaited i20 N. The ‘racetrack-capable hot hatch’ is inspired by the world rally champion i20 WRC and is powered by a new 150 kW 275 Nm 1.6-litre turbo four-pot. Hyundai reckons it’s good for 0-100 km/h in time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.
I20 N HAS A CLASS LEADING POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO
Hyundai claims one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the class, at 126 kW per tonne. I20 N gets an uprated turbocharger and intercooler, plus a 350 bar fuel injection system and Hyundai’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology. Its maker also promises better performance and fuel efficiency.
The new i20 N is only available with a ‘refined and reinforced’ six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching tech for smoother downshifts. It gets both launch control and an optional mechanical ‘N Corner Carving’ limited-slip differential. Several chassis components are redesigned and suspension geometry and steering have been tweaked. Front brakes are 40mm larger than the standard car’s.
CHASSIS SET-UP TO MAKE YOU GRIN
The smaller N also gains Hyundai’s 5-stage so-called N Grin Control driving modes. It includes a custom setting to fine tune engine response, stability control, transmission, steering and exhaust sound. The exhaust noise control includes both an actual exhaust valve and a sound generator.
There’s a cool-sounding ‘left-foot braking calibration’, a brake pad wear indicator and specific Pirelli P Zero tyres. And that significant N cosmetic overhaul that combines elements of Hyundai’s rallying heritage with the company’s latest ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design direction.