The Hyundai i20 N has proven itself to be one of the most fun and exciting little hot hatches in recent years. Well now, Hyundai has finally stopped being hush-hush and dropped a huge treasure trove of specs and pricing of the UK-bound i20 N. The i20 N, still sporting some of its WRC paraphernalia on top of what is a fairly innocent looking city car, will be priced starting from £24,995.
Although, it does seem as though that World Rally Championship connection is more than just some marketing slogan. What you’re getting for your 25-grand is a car that truly has a bit of a rally car in it. The new i20 N will be getting a retuned 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged “flat power” four-pot engine. So-called, because it’s been tweaked to deliver more torque and power at lower revs.
In all, this motor could pump out 204PS (201bhp), and 275Nm of torque. On paper, that might not sound all too exciting. But remember that the i20 N is a fairly light car, with a kerb weight of around 1,190kg to 1,330kg depending on the specification. A 0-62mph sprint takes 6.7 seconds, which is very respectable for a car of this class. There’s a lot more on the i20 N than pure grunt, too.
A Rally (Inspired) Car For The Road
A testament to its motorsports inspiration, there’s Hyundai’s “N Corner Carving Differential”. Or in layman’s terms, it’s a very clever mechanical limited-slip diff to manage power on the front wheels. This is so it could better manage grip and traction. By default, you’re also getting launch control. Oh, and there’s a fancy rev-matching tech for downshifts with a double-declutching function.
That does indeed mean that yes, this has a 6-speed manual box (Yay!). You can play around with the “N Grin Control System”, which is a driving mode selector. Between Normal, Eco, Sport, N, and N Custom, you could also fine-tune your preferred exhaust note. This is thanks to the variable muffler control system. Even from the looks, the i20 N dresses like a WRC winner.
There’s a sporty and uber-aggressive body kit all around. Plus, a touch of red striping to show that it’s a member of the Hyundai N family. There’s actual downforce on display as well, with a small rear diffuser, and a roof spoiler akin to its rally-ready counterpart. Elsewhere, the cabin is pretty nice, and there are loads of clever safety and driver aids to keep you safe.
Other than that, we recommend that you check out Hyundai’s UK webpage for all the info that you could ever possibly want.