A camouflaged Hyundai i20 N prototype has been filmed testing in Germany, giving us our first proper listen to the upcoming hot hatch’s exhaust note.
Rather refreshingly (considering petrol particulate filters required under WLTP regulations seem to be stifling soundtracks), the little B-segment blaster sounds fairly angry. Expect power to come from a version of the Korean firm’s turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol unit, with its peak output likely to roughly match that of the 147 kW Volkswagen Polo GTI.
Caught on camera by the sharp-eyed folks over at Automedia (and subsequently published on Motor1.com), the clip goes on to show the i20 N prototype being given a workout at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
In March 2020, Hyundai seemingly served up the first official glimpse of the upcoming i20 N, with a silhouette of the hot hatch appearing at the end of a promotional video published on YouTube by the brand's Austrian division. That video, however, has since been deleted.
Judging by the shadowy teaser (and applying a dash of logic), the new i20 N will boast a more aggressive body kit, including a cheeky rear spoiler similar to that seen in the video below. The teaser furthermore suggests it will run on very distinctive alloy wheels, while a red stripe has been applied along its side-skirts.
Listen to the i20 N prototype in action in the clip below...
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