If you had told us ten years ago that a Hyundai i20, a car that starred in fleets and rental companies would get a honed performance version and be challenged on a Volkswagen Polo GTI or a Seat Ibiza Copra, we would call you aliens. But since Hyundai launched the i30n in 2017 the climate has changed and the Koreans are getting a lot of positive feedback and are also gaining commercial success, although in the last year all forecasts have been frozen due to the Corona epidemic.
The next stage in the N era is landing on Europe now in the form of the i20n developed on the Nordschleife inspired by (and thanks to) the manufacturer’s WRC car which is recording decent achievements at the World Championships. Like it, it reflects the long journey Hyundai has made from a manufacturer of gray sub-families to a brand with a deep “bench” of players that is capable of producing cars that are also fun to drive and in a wide price range.
The i20n is design-differentiated with a ‘performance’ package similar to the one worn on its sisters, including the Walster N. It wears 18-inch rims on 245/40 Pirelli P-Zero tires, a rear spoiler, a lower diffuser, an enlarged exhaust, a unique grille and a blackened theme for units The headlights in the tail. In the cabin you will find the highest level of instrumentation the compact family has, which means a 10.25-inch floating monitor in the center console, a digital dashboard, sports seats, a sporty gear lever, a steering wheel drive switch and blue accents.
The engine Of the i20n has already been unveiled in the Kia Sid GT Pro, but it has been given a bit of updates here (changing the pile ratio) to fit it into a slimmer car weighing about 1.2 tonnes. The volume is 1.6 liters of turbo-petrol with a maximum output of 204 hp at 6,000 rpm and 28 kg achieved from 1,750 rpm when connected to a classic six-speed manual transmission. It completes the acceleration to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds and the top speed is 230 km / h.
The work of the N Division also involved strengthening beyond the engine and box. The shock absorbers have been replaced, the braking system has been significantly increased, the steering is sharper and the throttle response is much more sensitive to changes, thanks in part to the adaptation of a “gas-intermediate” system that will help drivers maintain momentum. Also on the list of extras is a mechanical-limited differential, a system for assisting grip when exiting twists, and you can choose between three computerized driving modes with different mapping, including two levels for the traction control system (it can also be disabled completely).
The i20N will hit the roads In Europe only in the second half of 2021, so we were likely to arrive a few months later, perhaps at the end of the year or early 2022. Vehicle pricing in Israel is a big question mark, and even according to importer Colmobil there is currently no absolute certainty we will see it at all in Israel; The i30n model was sold for NIS 250,000, so our bet is that its little sister, if and when it arrives, will be screwed somewhere in the 200s area. Hyundai promises one thing anyway: “There are not many fun things in this world like small hot hatch cars. And the i20n will be one of the best in this race.”
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