The South Korean automaker has recently introduced its own performance subbrand – N Performance – which is tasked to fight the similar units of other established automakers.
Now the carmaker has also officially introduced the N Sport version of the i20 subcompact hatchback. The N Sport includes a visual makeover and a power enhancement thanks to a version of the new 1.4-litre engine carrying the performance N-logo. The styling modifications include new 17-inch alloy rims, a Sport Body kit, a stainless steel free-flow CAT back exhaust system and N-badges sitting on the front mudguards and rear hatchback door. The body kit has side skirts, front and rear bumper trim finishes and also a rear boot spoiler. The dynamics have been further enhanced by the tweaked suspension setup which lowers the center of gravity and adds a firmer ride to influence the feeling of the car’s handling.
“The Hyundai i20 was the perfect model in our range to subject to a sporty makeover – it is a car that appeals to a younger buyer, it has fresh, modern looks and a dashing design, and it already had fine driving characteristics and road manners – something that we enhanced a bit more with the tweaking of the suspension, new alloy rims with low profile tyres and increased engine power output,” comments Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive in South Africa, where the model has been launched.
Power from the 1.4 liter engine has gone up from 74 kW and 133 Nm of maximum torque to 85 kW (115 hp) and a new value for the torque of 160 Nm. The front wheels receive the new allotment through a six speed manual transmission. Inside the cabin not much has changed to signal the N Sport version, though the model comes nicely equipped with and audio system with smartphone docking integration, USB and auxiliary connectivity and a Bluetooth hands free phone function and Bluetooth music streaming.