Hyundai i20 N spied at the 'Ring

Published: 29 July 2020

► New i20 N hot hatch inbound
► Still under wraps for now
► 197bhp 1.6 turbo expected

Our spy photographers have snapped fresh pictures of Hyundai’s forthcoming i20 N. New image – taken outside the Nurburgring – show a significantly less disguised car than before, with several features recognisable through the swirly camo. 

In addition to the N-bespoke wheels and red brake calipers and twin exhausts, we saw in previous pictures, we can now make out the rear lights, spoiler, diffuser and lowered ride-height.

Tack on all of that to the striking design of the new standard i20 and we think Hyundai is already on to a winner in the looks department.

We’re expecting this one to look mean, particularly because the i20 forms the basis for Hyundai’s rally car. 

What’s the powertrain?

The final part of equation is less well known. Intel suggests the new i20 N will use Hyundai Motor Group’s 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that pushes out 197bhp – the same engine used in the Kia Ceed GT

A promo video even demonstrates the exhaust sound of the i20 N - if you're a fan of the pops and bangs of its bigger sibling, you'll be pleased.

It’ll need more than that to go toe-to-toe with the epic Ford Fiesta ST, however, but N division did a pretty supreme job with the i30 N so we’re not too worried.

We’ll see the finished product in late 2020, early 2021.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches