Hyundai Kona N Spied Testing With Roll Cage And Fat Exhausts

Gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric – the Kona comes in many forms. Hyundai is preparing to offer even more variety by spicing up its small crossover with a high-performance N variant. It was again spotted undergoing a final test at the Nürburgring with the full production body, wheels, headlights etc.

Sitting closer to the road than a regular Kona, the prototype had a stiffer suspension setup and new alloy wheels likely measuring at least 18 inches. The red brake calipers on the rear axle denote the prototype’s sporty nature, but it’s the rear of the car that really reveals its athletic character. Those generous tailpipes are only part of the story, as we also notice a large roof spoiler incorporating a triangular third brake light.

It looks like Hyundai has tweaked the lower lights at the front and rear, which could mean the N variant will be based on the refurbished Kona. The subcompact model has been around for about three years, so now would be a good time for the eccentric crossover to go through a typical mid-cycle update.

You can easily tell that the prototype is practically ready for production on the outside, as Hyundai even slapped the N badge on the front grille in the same position where you will find the letter on the i30 N and Veloster N. C is a slightly different story. with the interior, as the roll cage certainly won’t be fitted on the final version and there’s a good chance those form-fitting Recaro seats won’t be there either.

The Kona N is believed to rock a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 275 horsepower sent to the road via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A hot Kona N Line is said to use a smaller 1.6-liter turbo with around 215bhp also connected to a DCT with the same number of gears.

The official reveal is expected to take place in the near future, but in the meantime Hyundai is preparing to present another N model. We’re talking about the i20 N, a hot hatch that will likely be a banned fruit in the US where rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST and the VW Polo GTI are unfortunately not available.

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