A fresh report (and accompanying image) out of Korea suggests Hyundai is testing a new 2,5-litre turbocharged engine for use its N division’s performance models.
Of course, the i30 N hot hatch employs a turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine generating up to 202 kW and 353 N.m, mated to the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox.
But, according to thekoreancarblog.com, Hyundai is hard at work testing a new 2,5 T-GDi unit. In fact, the publication shared a photograph of a Veloster N test mule complete with a sticker on its driver’s door listing a 2,5-litre engine. A similarly sized unit is, of course, already used by the Genesis G80, where it delivers 207 kW and 422 N.m.
It seems more likely Hyundai will offer this new, larger powerplant in certain upcoming N-badged models (such as the rumoured Elantra N and Tucson N) rather than roll out the 2,5-litre to existing (still fairly young) models such as the i30 N and recently updated Veloster N (and soon-to-be-revealed Kona N).
For the record, the Veloster N has just gained an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission option in its domestic market, with the i30 N expected to follow suit.
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