Hyundai i20 N Spied In Motion At The Nurburgring, Sounds Sporty
Hyundai’s push into performance vehicles continues with the i20 N. Spy photos and videos have shown the sedan is slowly losing its camouflage this year. The coating was gone before Hyundai started peeling off pieces of the camouflage. The latest video gives us our best look and listen, albeit at the hot hatch as it spreads around the iconic Nürburgring race track.
We expect the i20 n to take the angular frontal styling of the regular model and add a dollop of sportiness. However, unlike the spy photos from last week, we can’t see much of what could be done before. The triangular sockets that are pushed to the lower corners of the front bumper are covered, as is the rear diffuser; However, we can still spot the aggressive side skirts, lowered suspension, roof spoiler, and bigger brakes.
There are two possibilities for the powertrain of the i20 N: a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter turbocharged. If it goes with the smaller mill, which comes from the Kia Ceed GT, the i20 N could produce around 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts). However, if it goes with the bigger engine in the i30 N, then Hyundai would likely mismatch it for the smaller hatchback. It produces 271 hp (202 kW) in the i30 N. The engine chosen by Hyundai will be paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, although we hope that Hyundai will also offer a manual transmission.
The Hyundai i20 N will not come to the United States. Instead, it will head to Europe and other markets to compete with other compact hot hatches like the VW Polo GTI, Toyota GR Yaris, and Ford Fiesta ST. We don’t know when Hyundai plans to reveal the i20 N, although we would expect it to be later this year or early next. The refreshed i20 was revealed earlier this year, so we’re hoping to see the hotter N version soon.