Hyundai has a new high-performance N car and it’s their smallest one yet. But just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not deserving of the N name. In fact, this one was heavily inspired by their highly-successful WRC rally car.
After a long teaser campaign, meet the 2021 Hyundai i20 N. It marks the first time the N name has been used on the i20 and is also the third N model to be revealed following the i30 N and the Veloster N.
When painted in the unique shade called “Performance Blue”, the i20 N sure is eye-catching. On top of that, it has an aggressive-looking exterior as compared to the standard i20 hatchback. Upfront, it gets a unique black grille with the N logo attached. Meanwhile, the bumper has larger intakes and an integrated splitter to help cool the more powerful engine.
At the rear, the i20 N gets a different set of taillights and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Rounding up the changes on the small hot hatch are a new set of side skirts, a large roof spoiler, and 18-inch wheels. Also, a red accent runs the entire length of the lower body similar to all other Hyundai N models. Don’t like the Performance Blue color? Hyundai says customers have seven color options to choose from.
Inside, the cabin has also received an upgrade to match the exterior design. Sports seats come standard as well as N steering wheel, gear shift, and pedals. The cabin is mostly black contrasted with the same Performance Blue accents which line most of the interior including the instrument cluster.
Going back to the engine, the i20 N uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder mill that produces 204 HP and 275 Nm torque. No automatic here, the only transmission option available is a 6-speed manual. A limited-slip differential and launch control can also be had for extra.
Meanwhile, the cheekily named “N Grin Control System” offers five different driving modes. To match the added power, the suspension has been re-tuned to improve handling and drivability.
Being inspired by Hyundai’s i20 WRC rally car, we can expect great things from this small hot hatchback. Hopefully, it makes its way to the Philippines sometime in the future. We would definitely want to take this up the mountain roads around the country.