The snappily rising Hyundai N family most appealing won a sleek member. What you’re having a have a examine here is the Kona N, a automotive we already knew modified into coming since Hyundai’s teasers the diverse week quite mighty revealed the article in corpulent.
On the time, we speculated that it’d be packing a 2.0-litre inline-four turbo engine borrowed from the i30 N and Veloster N, making outputs of 247bhp and 271bhp searching on the version you trek for. We have been simplest half lawful, although – the ‘GDI’ engine is show and gorgeous, however here it’s lawful for a most appealing meatier 286bhp and 289lb feet of torque.
No longer just like the 2 C-section N Division hot hatches, the Kona N doesn’t fetch a manual probability to head with its 2.0-litre inline-four. The front wheels are driven by an eight-poke twin-clutch gearbox completely, with the cringingly-named ‘N Corner Carving Differential’ successfully distributing torque all around the axle.
The corpulent output of 286bhp is simplest unlocked when the transmission is determined to ‘N Grin Shift’ (these names don’t fetch any better, develop they?), otherwise, it sits at 276. Programmed thusly and with the start withhold watch over mode activated, 0-62mph happens in most appealing 5.5 seconds – hugely spectacular for a front-wheel drive automotive. The tip poke meanwhile is 149mph.
Hyundai hasn’t long gone into an complete bunch of detail about the suspension aspect of the equation, however we develop know that the Kona N has wider tracks front and rear plus a location of adaptive dampers. With a weight figure of 1510kg, it undercuts all-wheel drive opponents just like the Mini Countryman JCW, Audi SQ2 and VW T-Roc R successfully, whereas no longer moderately besting the much less extremely efficient Ford Puma ST.
On the skin, there are beefed up front and rear bumpers, a sleek twin-exit spend and a bespoke location of 19-trek wheels shod in bespoke Pirelli P Zeroes. And sure, you’ll need it in the dashing Performance Blue hue made basic by the i30 N.
Within, there’s a 10.25-trek digital instrument cluster with up up to now graphics to mirror the Kona N’s more sporting nature, and a ‘Performance Riding Recordsdata Device’ which “shows and improves racetrack driving abilities”.
Pricing hasn’t been revealed but, however we suspect it’ll be comfortably over £30,000, whereas aloof providing a gigantic saving over these top class AWD opponents mentioned additional up. It’s location to be joined by even more N freshmen too, with Hyundai touting the probability of battery electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles emerging below its sub-value’s banner at a later date.