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.
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.
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.
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).
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