Hyundai’s long-awaited challenger for the Ford Fiesta ST, the i20 N, will be priced at £ 24,995 before options when it goes on sale in the coming weeks. Described as a ‘track capable hot hatch’, it is said to be inspired by the brand’s successful i20 World Rally Championship car.

At the heart of the i20 N’s performance aspirations is a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. Tuned for 201 hp and 203 lb-ft, it’s enough to achieve a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.

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

The new engine uses an improved turbocharger and intercooler, along with a 350 bar fuel injection system and Hyundai’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. The CVVD is said to improve both performance and fuel efficiency over a traditional setup.

The engine mated only to a six-speed manual gearbox that would be “refined and beefed up” for the i20 N and uses rev-matching technology for smoother downshifts. Launch Control also features an optional mechanical limited-slip differential (called the N Corner Carving Differential) allowing the front wheels to make the most of the power offered.

Hyundai readjusted and improved the chassis of the new i20 as standard for the N model, resulting in a number of redesigned components and geometry changes. The steering is also specially tuned and the front brakes are 40mm wider than those on the standard car.

Like the larger i30 N, the i20 N offers substantial ride-mode customization via what Hyundai calls the N Grin control system. Five modes, including Custom Tuning, allow the driver to adjust engine response, stability control, transmission, steering and exhaust sound settings. The last of these includes both a valve for the exhaust and, internally, a sound generator to improve noise.

Other motorsport inspired features include ‘Left Foot Brake Calibration’, a brake pad wear indicator and Pirelli P Zero tires developed specifically for the car.

The new model receives a far-reaching cosmetic overhaul to mark it as an N Division product. The exterior is said to combine “elements of Hyundai’s rally heritage with the latest Sensuous Sportiness design identity.” business “.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-06-17 08:14:24

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