What do you want out of a hot hatch? Seriously now, think about it. You want a pokey engine and a snorty exhaust. A tight chassis and a driver-centric seating position. You want a car that people look at, and a car you can’t wait to drive. Hyundai, it turns out, created just that with its N range of cars, and another model is on its way.
Teased in these here images is the new Hyundai i20N: the antidote to the sea of SUVs you’ll find on roads these days. This mustn’t be confused with the N-Line model that Hyundai has already released, which added sporty looks to the small hatch. Instead, this is an i20 with a flame under its tail and accompanying it is a very promising spec list.
It begins with an aggressive bodykit with larger air inlets and thick skirts. Behind the 18-inch wheels sit N-branded brakes, and a fiery exhaust and spoiler finish the car with one hell of a show. It also sits lower than usual, and of course, sports the iconic Performance Blue paintjob that we’ve come to love on N models, this time paired with a Phantom Black roof. Inside, you’ll be kept in place by a tight racing-esque seat.
Rumour has it that this small car will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine producing 201 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque. Of course, this wouldn’t be seen going through an automatic gearbox, so Hyundai will only be selling the car with a six-speed manual, plus a limited slip differential upfront. Coupled to a car weighing only 1,200kg, it allows the i20N to hit 62mph in just 6.7 seconds and carry on to 143 mph.
Is that exciting enough? Well, I’m not finished. The car has turbo lag. Turbo. Lag. Yep, full power comes on at 6,000rpm so you’ll want to rev this thing out. And when you’re finished revving, 320mm discs will do the stopping.
The front suspension is MacPherson, and the rear is a strong torsion beam setup. Behind the seats, just like the i30N, you’ll find a brace between the wheel wells to keep things rigid.
So, if you want a pokey engine and a snorty exhaust, a tight chassis and a driver-centric seating position. If you want a car that people look at, and a car you can’t wait to drive, buy the Hyundai. If it’s anything like the i30N, you won’t regret it.