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20 October 2020

Hyundai’s long-awaited challenger to the Ford Fiesta ST, the i20 N, has been unveiled ahead of sales beginning in spring 2021. Described as a “race-track-capable hot hatch”, it is said to take inspiration from the brand’s successful i20 World Rally Championship car.

At the core of the i20 N’s performance aspirations is a new 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Tuned for 201bhp and 203lb ft, it is sufficient to achieve a quoted 0-62mph time of 6.7sec and a top speed of 143mph.

Hyundai claims one of the best power-to-weight ratios in the class, at 169bhp per tonne, compared with 156bhp per tonne for the 197bhp Fiesta ST.

The new engine uses an uprated turbocharger and intercooler, plus a 350 bar fuel injection system and Hyundai’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. CVVD is claimed to boost both performance and fuel efficiency compared with a traditional set-up.

The engine is mated solely to a six-speed manual gearbox that is said to be “refined and reinforced” for the i20 N and uses rev-matching tech for smoother downshifts. Launch control also features and an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (called N Corner Carving Differential) allows the front wheels to make the most of the power on offer.

Hyundai has retuned and uprated the chassis of the standard new i20 for the N model, resulting in a number of redesigned components and geometry changes. The steering is specially calibrated, too, and the front brakes are 40mm larger than the standard car’s.

Like the bigger i30 N, the i20 N offers substantial driving mode customisation via what Hyundai calls the N Grin Control System. Five modes, including a custom setting, allow drivers to adjust the engine response, stability control, transmission, steering and exhaust sound parameters. The last of these includes both a valve for the exhaust and, internally, a sound generator to enhance noise.

Further motorsport-inspired features include “left-foot braking calibration”, a brake pad wear indicator and Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for the car.

The new model receives a wide-ranging cosmetic overhaul to mark it out as an N division product. The exterior is said to combine “elements of Hyundai’s rallying heritage with the company’s latest Sensuous Sportiness design identity”.

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The front has a redesigned bumper with larger intakes, a red-accented lip spoiler and N badging, while red detailing extends to the enlarged side skirts and the chunky faux rear diffuser. A large single-exit exhaust features, but the most noticeable rear addition is a downforce-boosting roof spoiler. Seven exterior colours are available and matt grey wheels cover N-branded brake calipers.

Inside, there are new sports seats with integrated headrests, plus N branding for the steering wheel, gearknob and pedals. Black is the sole available colour, but there are accents in Hyundai N’s Performance Blue throughout.

Specific tech features include LED ‘red zones’ for the rev counter that vary according to engine temperature. There’s also Hyundai’s SmartSense system, with an extensive tally of driver assistance features.

Pricing for the i20 N has yet to be announced, but if the i30 N is any gauge, it should be very competitive, at about £22,000. The Fiesta ST costs £22,275.

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Peter Cavellini 21 October 2020

Is this..

 Is this not a Fiesta anyway?, what I mean is, isn't there Fiesta DNA in it from the days of the Hyundai Stellar?

jason_recliner 22 October 2020

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Is this not a Fiesta anyway?, what I mean is, isn't there Fiesta DNA in it from the days of the Hyundai Stellar?

to Right pooter its' Just, a hiuhnday sMeller with differunt body

si73 23 October 2020

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Is this not a Fiesta anyway?, what I mean is, isn't there Fiesta DNA in it from the days of the Hyundai Stellar?

Back in the stellar days Hyundai's were based on old Japanese designs, like the pony was an old Mazda iirc, don't think there were ford links, and I'm certain there aren't any now, so no it's a fiesta class car with no shared fiesta parts.

superstevie 21 October 2020

Looks like a little fire

Looks like a little fire cracker! Looks great in this colour combo too. Shame there isn't a 3-door, as I suspect that would suit the styling a lot better

catnip 21 October 2020

superstevie wrote:

superstevie wrote:

Looks like a little fire cracker! Looks great in this colour combo too. Shame there isn't a 3-door, as I suspect that would suit the styling a lot better

Yes, you can't escape the 'family car look'  unfortunately, one area where the Fiesta has a definite advantage

soldi 21 October 2020

Can’t hold a candle to GR Yaris

Looks a bit weak compared to the GR Yaris, which blows it out of the water in so many ways including power to weight ratio and performance.

jason_recliner 21 October 2020

soldi wrote:

soldi wrote:

Looks a bit weak compared to the GR Yaris, which blows it out of the water in so many ways including power to weight ratio and performance.

You'd hope so.  The awesome Yaris is around 25-30% more expensive.

AHYL88 21 October 2020

And a lot more powerful as

And a lot more powerful as well; I like the Yaris GR, but I also like and admire this i20 N. Both cars can't be compared at all with the massive price difference you mentioned as well as the huge power difference.

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