Marcus De Guzman / Hyundai | May 18, 2018 08:12
Hyundai's N Performance division already busy testing a more powerful Kona
Hyundai's funky crosssover could soon come with more than 200 horsepower. How so? Apparently, Hyundai's N Performance division has been busy testing a prototype of the Kona N.
In an interview by AutoExpress UK, head of N Performance Albert Biermann stated that he already told his engineers to begin evaluations with a Kona test mule. Exact details regarding the powertrain of the high performance Kona N remain a mystery, but Biermann told the UK publication that it will most likely borrow the 2.0-liter turbo and six-speed manual / dual-clutch from the i30 N.
“I’ve told them [the engineers] to build the car and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved. It has to be the i30 N powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N. But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes,” said Biermann.
Currently, the most powerful engine available for the standard Kona is a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder gasoline motor that produces 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque.
However, Hyundai itself has not yet given the go-ahead to actually begin prototype testing the Kona N. If approved for production, we could see the Kona produce nearly 250 PS and deliver sharper handling than its standard stablemates.
As for its exterior, we won't be surprised if the Kona N will get the same styling (as well as color scheme) as the i30 N and Veloster N. Aggressive front and rear bumpers, a massive tailgate-mounted wing and maybe even exposed exhaust pipe finishers and a massive rear diffuser could be installed on the Kona N.
If Hyundai does give the green light to produce a 250 horsepower Kona N, expect to see that car debut some time in 2019 or in 2020.