2021 Hyundai i20 N drops camouflage ahead of debut

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Hyundai’s upcoming rival to the Ford Fiesta ST has been spied testing on the Germany’s Nürburgring racetrack, ahead of its anticipated reveal in the coming months.

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The latest i20 N test car spied on the ‘Ring wears less camouflage than previous prototypes spied in recent months.

Visible styling upgrades include fractionally-larger front air intakes, a new grille with N badging, sporty side skirts, an aggressive rear diffuser, single oval-shaped tailpipe and a Mercedes-AMG A35-esque rear spoiler.

Filling the hot hatch’s arches are a unique set of 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tyres, hiding sports brake discs with red brake calipers. The prototype appears to ride closer to the ground than standard i20 models.

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It’s still unclear as to what will power the i20 N. A recent report from online publication The Korean Car Blog claims that lurking under the bonnet will be Hyundai/Kia’s familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which in the larger i30 N-Line develops 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque.

Should the i20 N carry those outputs to production, it will make for a formidable rival to light-hatch pocket rocket competition the likes of the 147kW/290Nm Ford Fiesta ST, and 147kW/320Nm Volkswagen Polo GTI.

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Both six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions are reported to be offered with the hot Hyundai – one-upping the manual-only Ford and auto-only VW – routing drive to the front wheels. Launch control is expected to be standard.

Expect a raft of chassis revisions and upgrades under the skin, along with a sportier interior with hard-shell sports bucket seats (à la the MY20 Veloster N).

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The 2021 Hyundai i20 N is scheduled to be unveiled in the coming months, ahead of an Australian arrival in the first half of 2021.

Spy photo credit: Carscoops

 

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