Introducing the Hyundai i20 N
Bringing the thrill of racing to the i20 range, the i20 N joins the i30 N in the high performance N range. Expect an all-round sporty experience in this hot supermini, that's inspired by the i20 WRC rally car.
One look at the exterior of the i20 N and it would be extremely difficult to mistake it for a standard i20. Red-painted brake calipers and exterior detailing instantly screams hot hatch, whilst the roof-mounted spoiler epitomises the sporty persona and performance of the N model.
Inside, the story is pretty similar with a host of N-specific advanced and high-tech premium features such as dedicated sports seats, N steering wheel, N gear knob and sporty N metal pedals. Performance Blue accents exist throughout the black interior and remind occupants that this car's got character.
Engines and Performance
Dealing with the notorious 0 to 62mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds, this small hot hatch from Hyundai is powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged flat power petrol engine, which is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and has a maximum output of 201bhp and 203lb ft of torque.
Reinforcing and refining the manual gearbox enables the i20 N to handle higher RPM, torque and Launch Control; providing drivers with a dynamically immersive experience.
On the racetrack or road, performance-orientated enthusiasts will welcome the flat power delivered by the engine; improving acceleration, ensuring high responsiveness and providing more torque and power at lower RPMs.
If you're not already grinning from the drive alone, the motorsport-inspired electric sound generator and variable muffler control, creating a satisfying exhaust sound, will certainly impress.
Chassis and Handling
You haven't only got the engine to thank for the i20 N's impressive performance; weighing 1,190kg, the sporty supermini is one of the best-in-class for power-to-weight ratio, further enhancing the agile driving experience.
Gripping well around the corners, the i20 N features a Mechanical Limited Slip Differential that controls the power transfer to the front wheels, which are fitted with dedicated 215/40 R18 Pirelli P Zero ultra-high-performance tyres as standard; further increasing the amount of grip to support the i20 N's handling.
Reinforcing the i20 chassis at 12 different points ensures the N model offers smoother handling on any road, no matter what the weather. The front brake discs are 40mm larger than on the standard model, to increase fading resistance and to offer a consistent brake pedal feel.
Technology and Drive Modes
Five unique drive modes are offered through the N Grin Control System: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and N Custom.
Switching between drive modes will alter the parameters of the engine response, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), exhaust notes and steering.
Heading to the racetrack? The Performance Driving Data System monitors and improves the driver's track skills by logging information such as bhp, torque, turbo boost and a lap and acceleration timer.
Despite being a performance model, Hyundai have still focused on the safety features included with the i20 N. Daily driving is safer thanks to assistance systems such as:
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
i20 N Models
- 18" Light Alloy Wheels (Matt Grey)
- Tyre Brand - Pirelli
- Rear Spoiler with Integrated LED Brake Light
- Heated Front Seats
- Heated Steering Wheel
- Rear Side and Tailgate Privacy Glass
- Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
- Launch Control
- N Corner Carving Differential - Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (M-LSD)
- N Custom Mode
- N Grin Control System (5 Drive Modes)
- N Performance Braking System with Red Calipers & N logo
- N Rev Matching (double declutching function)
- Rear View Camera with Dynamic Limitation Signalling
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Wireless Charging Pad
Test drive the Hyundai i20 N
Exhilarating performance on the racetrack or the road, the i20 N manages to blend the desirable features of the original i20 with the high-performance driver's have started to expect from a model in Hyundai's N range.
It looks the part too, with N bodystyling, a roof spoiler and the eye-catching red-painted brake calipers.
Experience the agile and sporty driving experience of the Hyundai i20 N for yourself by arranging a test drive at your nearest Evans Halshaw Hyundai retailer.