The 2020 Hyundai i20 N is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor packing about 201bhp and 260Nm of torque
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor has teased the latest product coming from its performance-focused ‘N’ division, the i20 N. The 2020 Hyundai i20 N joins the likes of i30 N, i30 Fastback N (showcased at Auto Expo 2020), Veloster N and the rumoured Elantra N-Line. Meanwhile, the company has unveiled the regular version of the hatchback online after the host event, Geneva International Motor Show got cancelled due to COVID-19.
Even before its global debut, we have shared a few spy shots of the 2020 Hyundai i20 in its early test mule avatar. India is an important market for Hyundai and the i20 is one of the main players in the country’s hatchback segment. Hence, one can expect the car to make its Indian debut right after hitting global markets.
Coming back to the Hyundai i20 N, its official teaser starts with some sideways action by the i20 WRC rally car on the snowy tracks of Arjeplog, Sweden. The man behind the wheel is none other than Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC driver.
Towards the end, there is a smooth transition to a camouflaged Hyundai i20 N prototype. Hyundai conveys the message that it has taken its motorsport division’s winning formula in the road-going 5-door hot hatch. The ‘N’ badge stands for Namyang (home of Hyundai’s R&D facility) as well as Nurburgring.
Though pictures of the ‘most powerful i20 ever made’ are yet to be revealed, the internet has come across quite a few unofficial renders. Notable cosmetic differences from the regular i20 (most of which are functional) include redesigned bumpers, tweaked front grille, larger wheels, bigger brakes and dual exhausts.
To quote the words of Thierry Neuville, it is a “very interesting car” that is “very precise” and “very easily handling”. The engine apparently revs nicely and sounds really good for a turbo four-pot. Thierry even went on to say that he is looking forward to getting the i20 N to drive in WRC but we all know that it was just a crucial part of the script. Nevertheless, we have no doubts that it will be a compelling alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI, MINI Cooper S, Peugeot 208 GTi and more.
Reports state that it is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pushing out roughly 201bhp and 260Nm of torque. The output is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Do not expect the Hyundai i20 N to come to India in the foreseeable future since we generally don’t appreciate good cars.