RE: Hyundai i20 N coming next year!

RE: Hyundai i20 N coming next year!

Tuesday 12th February

Hyundai i20 N due in 2020

A Korean rival to the Ford Fiesta ST is in the N division pipeline



Fans of hot hatches have a new reason to celebrate today as Hyundai has reportedly taken the decision to follow its i30 N with a performance version of the i20. The second N division model looks set to go head-to-head with the likes of Ford's Fiesta ST and Volkswagen's Polo GTI from 2020, likely producing around 200hp from a pepped-up version of Hyundai's turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot.

Although not yet publicly announced, Autocar claims to have confirmation that this smaller hot hatch is already under development. It reports that the model will precede the rumoured Tucson N that executives recently revealed was a priority, suggesting the N division may have shuffled its upcoming model schedule - a move that ought to appease its fans.

We'd like to think PH has played a part in encouraging Hyundai to bring an i20 N to market sooner rather than later - the prospect of one has certainly gone down well on the forums. Or, perhaps, it was Hyundai R&D boss Albert Biermann who has convinced the board to go with the more naturally sporting bodyshape first. It is the model Hyundai fields in the World Rally Championship with a 1.6-litre engine, after all.


That direct link with Hyundai's motorsport programme might enable the N division to do something slightly more bonkers than the norm in the compact performance class. Plus, Hyundai develops all of its cars with stints at the Nurbugring and the N division is keen to build up a Renault Sport-esque following of proper enthusiast drivers. Certainly the i20's compact wheelbase should make it easy to unlock serious wheel-cocking potential from the chassis.

While we'd love for Hyundai to copy and paste the wide-arch design of its i20 WRC onto the road car - we'll take ours with a pea shooter exhaust and bucket seats, please - it's more likely that we'll see larger wheels, wider tracks and more sporting bumpers blended into a subtler body. Perhaps there'll be a prominent boot spoiler as well that nods to the enormous one on the rally car. Some tarmac rally tyres wouldn't go amiss, too...

What else would you like to see on the i20 N? Assume Hyundai is listening...

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aazer89

Original Poster:

252 posts

82 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Hope this does actually happen!

Mafffew

1,267 posts

49 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I'd like to see Hyundai go a bit wild with the design, take more inspiration from the rally car. I don't think enough manufacturers do this.

mooseracer

420 posts

108 months

Tuesday 12th February
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aazer89 said:
Hope this does actually happen!
+1

and I hope they don't go too far down the road of trying to be all things to all men/women. Fun should be the primary objective.

Mike1990

627 posts

69 months

Tuesday 12th February
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God i hope this is true! You just know it’ll be fantastic.

AmosMoses

3,097 posts

103 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Love the i30N a cracking car, this should be fun!
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Flembo

3 posts

2 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I've got an ordinary i20 and would like the i20n to look exactly the same bar the boot badge. Theres really nothing like a wolf in sheeps clothing. A few years ago I had a seat leon cupra without the factory front body kit. The only clues that it was a beast were seen when it was overtaking, the twin exhaust and discreet cupra badge. The i20 n should be as discreet.

Advevo

45 posts

102 months

Wednesday
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I would like min 300hp 4wd and mechanical diffs and a manual handbrake.

A smaller mitsu evo rs package.

Then it s sold!

Big Robbo

19 posts

84 months

Wednesday
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This could be the car worth changing my Fiesta ST2 for.....

clanman

1 posts

56 months

Thursday
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It needs to compete in price with the Fiesta ST, have a choice of 2 or 4 door body styles and maybe have a choice of aftermarket body panels and wheel and tyre combos for those not immediately heading for the Nurburgring ?

Ron99

838 posts

19 months

Thursday
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Flembo said:
I've got an ordinary i20 and would like the i20n to look exactly the same bar the boot badge. Theres really nothing like a wolf in sheeps clothing. A few years ago I had a seat leon cupra without the factory front body kit. The only clues that it was a beast were seen when it was overtaking, the twin exhaust and discreet cupra badge. The i20 n should be as discreet.
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Far too many warm/hot hatches are too aggressively styled (to cater for the 'look at me' Farcebook generation).

It would be very refreshing to have a few subtle hot hatches.

It would also be nice to have one that drove well on UK roads which bear little resemblance to the Nurburgring. In other words: not too big alloys and not too firm suspension.