Hyundai i20 N Is The Tiny Hot Hatch We Need Right Now

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It could have plugged the gap left by the Fiesta ST no longer sold in America.

After the Hyundai Veloster N gave the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI a run for their money, the Korean manufacturer is hard at work expanding its high-performance N model range. Sightings of prototypes have confirmed the Hyundai Kona crossover is getting the N performance treatment, and reports have also claimed Hyundai is cooking up a hot N version of the Elantra sedan. Today, however, we're looking at the Hyundai i20 N.

Our spies have caught Hyundai's new subcompact hot hatch being pushed to the limit at the Nurburgring. Compared to our last sighting, this prototype is sporting more production parts and less camouflage than before, giving us a clearer look at Hyundai's new hot hatch.

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The regular redesigned Hyundai i20 was unveiled back in February this year, so expect the design changes to carry over to the hot i20 with some aggressive enhancements. Like the regular model, the i20 N features a lower roof, a wider body, and a longer wheelbase than the last-generation i20, along with a wider grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a full-width light bar connecting the taillights.

Now that the camouflage has started to peel away, we can now see the i20 N's production wheels, rear diffuser, and twin exhaust system for the first time. Elsewhere, the Hyundai i20 N has been fitted with beefier brakes, while larger air intakes and lowered suspension give the hatchback a sportier appearance.

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Under the hood, power will most likely be sourced from the sane 1.6-liter turbo engine used in the Veloster, paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In the Veloster, this unit delivers around 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The prototype's stage of development suggests the production Hyundai i20 N's reveal should be around the corner. Sadly, there's no chance of it coming to America since the regular Hyundai i20 isn't sold in the US. It's a shame, as the i20 N could have been a smaller alternative to the Mini John Cooper Works and plug the gap left by the Ford Fiesta ST being discontinued in America.

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