It wasn’t really a secret, was it? Well, the new Hyundai i20 N has finally been confirmed anyway, with the Korean firm releasing two teaser videos of the new hot hatch.
The clips, which were shot in Arjeplog in Sweden, show a camouflaged prototype version of the new i20 N, with WRC driver Thierry Neuville at the wheel.
The first video shows the i20 WRC rally car departing from a vehicle transporter and being driven through Lapland and onto a frozen lake. The camera cuts to Hyundai's mid-engine RM19 prototype, skidding sideways along the road and leaving a plume of snow in its wake. At the 01:12 mark, we finally see the i20 N prototype.
In the second video, Neuville provides commentary, describing what it’s like to drive each of the three models (the i20 N appears from the 02:08 mark). Neuville says the i20 N is a “very interesting car”.
“Very precise. Very easy handling. The engine is revving nicely and the noise is very interesting as well. I’m looking forward to get this one to drive in WRC,” he said.
While Hyundai has yet to release any further details, the hot hatch is expected to be powered by 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.
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