New Hyundai i20 N spied testing – a brand new rival for the Ford Fiesta ST
The physique of this prototype is essentially unchanged from that of a daily i20, however look carefully and also you’ll see a set of 18-inch wheels and the bigger brake package deal borrowed from the non-Efficiency i30 N. On the rear, two makeshift exhaust pipes, grouped to 1 facet, additionally differ from the usual i20’s exhaust, whereas the automotive additionally seems to take a seat decrease to the bottom than normal.
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The wheelarches have additionally been prolonged, alluding to a wider monitor, which except for giving the chassis beneath extra grip and stability, can even imply substantial styling adjustments to facilitate the additional width.
The i20 N’s attainable powertrain remains to be unknown. Nonetheless, the 2-litre turbocharged ‘Theta’ engine that’s discovered within the i30 N is unlikely to be an excellent match inside the i20’s daintier chassis as a result of its measurement and weight. One attainable various is a high-output model of the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine discovered within the Kona. Energy figures are purely speculative, however a determine of someplace round 200bhp will make it aggressive with the Fiesta ST (197bhp), whereas not wandering too near the usual i30 N (247bhp).
A future i20 N shall be coming into a tricky phase although, because the Ford Fiesta ST is as robust, prepared and gifted as ever. Peugeot’s incoming 208 has but to be confirmed in GTi kind, nevertheless it may effectively arrive with an electrical motor slightly than petrol as a result of legislative pressures.
However the i20 N comes with loads of momentum from inside Hyundai, because the i30 N proved that the Korean model has what it takes to develop an outstanding sizzling hatch. With a possible arrival date someday in 2020, the i20 N received’t be round for lengthy because the i20 may have already been six years into its mannequin cycle by that point, however no matter this it stays an thrilling attainable addition to the Hyundai N vary.