Hyundai has released two teaser images of the new i20 N, while also effectively confirming the fresh-faced B-segment hot hatch’s power and torque outputs.
Billed as a “racetrack-capable hot hatch”, Hyundai says the new i20 N will ride on “bespoke” 18-inch wheels with a grey-matte finish and framing N-branded brake callipers.
Up front, the company says we can expect a large air intake, while the profile will feature chunky side sills and the rear end a cheeky spoiler. It will launch in the Korean firm’s signature Performance Blue exterior colour, with a black roof set to be offered as an option, and slot in below the recently facelifted i30 N.
So, what about those peak figures? Well, while Hyundai hasn’t technically released the headline numbers, some overseas publications (such as Autocar) have sampled a camouflaged prototype, listing official figures in the process.
According to Autocar, the i20 N employs a turbocharged 1,6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 150 kW and 275 N.m to the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox. The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 6,7 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.
In the South African context (though we should point out the i20 N has yet to be confirmed for a local introduction), the only direct rival would be the Volkswagen Polo GTI, which makes 147 kW and 320 N.m from its 2,0-litre heart (though is offered in dual-clutch form only).
Expect more official details about the new i20 N to be released in the coming days...
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