Hyundai created something of a hit with its Veloster N, the 275-horsepower rocket with a snarly exhaust and seats that hug you tighter than a naughty co-ed. The best-case scenario would be for Hyundai to borrow the 2.0-liter T-GDi from the i30 N with the Performance Package, an engine that cranks out 276 horsepower (280 PS) and 289 pound-feet (392 Nm) for the 2021 model year.
Hyundai has revealed new technical information on its Kona N, a fast variant of its compact SUV that will rival the Ford Puma ST and VW T-Roc R. When it goes on sale in early summer this year it'll join the refreshed i30 N and new i20 N in Hyundai's performance line-up, expanding the N range into a new sector and bumping up awareness of the sub-brand both here and overseas.
"As N brand's first "hot SUV", says Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N brand management and motorsport, "KONA N will offer plenty of versatility and driving thrills that N-thusiasts have come to expect from the brand". It's also been confirmed that the new auto will only be available with an automatic gearbox. The gearbox is mated to a 2.0 Turbo engine.
Hyundai has released further details surrounding its new Kona N
The Kona N will be based on the facelifted model, albeit dressed in a far more aggressive suit. "The addition of Kona to the N family will bring our high-performance brand to the next level". In terms of weight, a Veloster N is nearly exactly 100 kg more than a front-wheel-drive Kona; and about equal in mass to an all-wheel-drive version. The company also promised a "variety of high-performance driving features, such as Launch Control, and an emotional sound experience".
More details, including final power numbers and release dates, will be announced in the coming weeks.