Hyundai expands 'N' offering with all-new i20 N - And it means business


• Hyundai reveals its all-new i20 N hot hatch.

• The car is based on Hyundai's WRC challenger.

• It weighs 1190kg.

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Taking inspiration from its i20 WRC rally car, Hyundai has revealed its all-new i20 N hot hatch. Powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, the car channels its power to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Because the car is based on the Hyundai's World Rally Championship contender, it has the same weight as the rally car. It means, in theory, that prospective buyers will buy into the success Hyundai has had over the years competing in the WRC.

Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of product division at Hyundai Motor Company, said: "Our high-performance N brand has been hugely successful since we launched the i30 N in 2017. This time, we decided to develop a model inspired by our i20 Coupe WRC, which last year led us to success in the World Rally Championship. With the all-new i20 N, we are expanding our high-performance N line-up to appeal to even more customers who want to experience the thrill of the racetrack in their everyday lives."

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Turbo engine

Hyundai has been using its turbocharged 1.6-litre engine in a variety of applications, albeit its own products or sister-brand Kia's. It will now power the i20 N, as well, with power outputs rated at 150kW and 275Nm. Because the car only weighs 1190kg - the same as the 120 Coupé WRC - Hyundai says that the power-to-weight ratio is one of the best in its class.

The torque is available in a wide window between 1750 - 4500rpm and maximum power between 5500 - 6000rpm. It all allows the car the go from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and onto a 230km/h top speed.

Hyundai further states that the gearbox has been refined and reinforced especially for the all-new i20 N to cope with higher RPM, torque, and Launch Control to give its drivers a dynamically immersive driving experience. The i20 N can also be equipped with the N Corner Carving Differential: a Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (m-LSD) that utilises a mechanically controlled Torsion gear type to handle the power transfer to the front wheels.

Hyundai i20 N

All-new Hyundai i20 N (NewsPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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