Currently reading: 2021 Hyundai i20 N hot supermini officially previewed
Ford Fiesta ST rival heads to Sweden for cold-weather testing with WRC champ Thierry Neuville at the wheel
Felix Page Autocar writer
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6 May 2020

Hyundai has released official images that show its upcoming i20 N performance supermini testing alongside the firm’s WRC racer and mid-engined RM19 prototype. 

The long-awaited Ford Fiesta ST rival has previously been seen at the Nurburgring sporting heavy camouflage, but the wraps have started to come off as winter testing gets under way in Arjeplog, Sweden, giving us an idea of how it will be set apart from the recently facelifted standard car

The prototype pictured is painted in the N division’s now-familiar shade of grey and sits atop a set of bespoke sports alloys wrapped in low-profile rubber, behind which lie much bigger front and rear brake discs than those of the standard i20. The i20 N also appears to sit closer to the ground for a lower centre of gravity and improved dynamic performance.

2021 Hyundai i20 N: new hot hatch testing at Nurburgring

The front and rear of the test car remain shielded from view, suggesting the hot hatch will gain additional bespoke styling details - likely a rear spoiler, front splitter, enlarged air intakes and an extra exhaust outlet - in line with its bigger i30 N stablemate

Hyundai WRC driver Thierry Neuville was on hand in Sweden to give his impressions on the i20 N: “Very interesting car. Very precise. Very easy handling. The engine is revving nicely and the noise is very interesting as well. I’m looking forward to get this one to drive in the WRC.”

Neuville’s current racer, the i20 WRC, was also present, alongside the brand’s RM19 mid-engined prototype test bed, both of which are claimed to have inspired the development of the latest addition to Hyundai’s performance portfolio. 

Although the i20 N will not match the 380bhp RM19 for outright power, the brand is confident that it will be "racetrack capable". Although Hyundai is yet to confirm details of its powertrain, we’re expecting the model to make use of an upgraded version of the brand’s 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor for a power output of around 200bhp. 

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Elsewhere, the i20 N will gain a stiffer suspension set-up, sports seats and a range of new configurable driving modes. 

There’s no word yet on when we can expect to see the i20 N officially unwrapped, although it’s set to join the i30 N and a new Kona N hot crossover in dealerships from early next year. 

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6 May 2020

I was really looking forward to this car but I can't get over the odd positioning of the rear door handles and the rear lights of the standard new i20 that this model will probably inherit.

Maybe seeing the i20N completely undisguised will improve things.

Bit disappointing that everything has gone quiet on the i10N / N Line front after the reveal last year.

6 May 2020
gavsmit wrote:

I was really looking forward to this car but I can't get over the odd positioning of the rear door handles and the rear lights of the standard new i20 that this model will probably inherit.

Maybe seeing the i20N completely undisguised will improve things.

Bit disappointing that everything has gone quiet on the i10N / N Line front after the reveal last year.

 

"odd positioning of the rear door handles..."? You can be grateful that there is the lockdown you can use as your excuse for posting this nonsense. Doubt the lifting of said lockdown will make any appreciable difference to the standard your posts.

 

You will buy neither the i20N, nor the i10N, so go back to sleep and don't set your alarm clock.

6 May 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

gavsmit wrote:

I was really looking forward to this car but I can't get over the odd positioning of the rear door handles and the rear lights of the standard new i20 that this model will probably inherit.

Maybe seeing the i20N completely undisguised will improve things.

Bit disappointing that everything has gone quiet on the i10N / N Line front after the reveal last year.

 

"odd positioning of the rear door handles..."? You can be grateful that there is the lockdown you can use as your excuse for posting this nonsense. Doubt the lifting of said lockdown will make any appreciable difference to the standard your posts.

 

You will buy neither the i20N, nor the i10N, so go back to sleep and don't set your alarm clock.

Hes allowed to state his opinion no need for that attitude.

Jesus, youre even worse than XXXX and I never thoguht I d say that about anyone.

6 May 2020

But then I suppose that's what the market wants - and it would cost more to make a three door given the low numbers.

It didn't stop Toyota though!

6 May 2020

Are you sure that you are looking at the right car? The door handles are about as conventional as you can get in terms of shape and their position, on both the front and rear doors! 

6 May 2020

Are you sure that you are looking at the right car? The door handles are about as conventional as you can get in terms of shape and their position, on both the front and rear doors! 

.....if you don't use a tape measure - look at the size of the gap between the front window and front door handle versus the rear. 

6 May 2020

Look at Hyundai's own site and look at the current I20, upon which the N version is based. The door handles are perfectly in a line and in the same positions as you would find on a Golf. The spy shot has been badly reproduced or photoshopped. Hyundai N cars are pretty subtle, again like a Golf GTi. They are not going to change the bodyshell of the I20 and produce new door pressings to have one handle too low and one too high. When you look at an I20 you will realise it wouldn't be possible anyway.

6 May 2020

LucyP - the door handles look odd to me and they look that way on lesser models of the new i20 too. They may be connected by a straight line to eachother, but that line is not parallel with the window line which looks wrong to me. Don't take offence if we disagree.

Regarding Takesitslowly - there's some really sad, attention seeking, pathetic trolls posting on this website. 

Autocar: if you really want people to express opinions in a civilised way, you need to start moderating these people or closing their accounts.

I'm done.

6 May 2020

Or look at the What Car photos on their test. They look perfectly normal. You are making a silly issue out of nothing. The "spy" shot is flawed. The real thing isn't like that.

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