Hyundai Kona N Could Have A Major Advantage Over Veloster

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And we aren't talking about a higher ride height.

Hyundai just released an enhanced Veloster N for 2020, which now features an available eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. While power remains the same at 250 to 275 horsepower, the torque has increased from 260 lb-ft to 278 lb-ft thanks to a new turbocharger overboost feature. This upgrade is important to note because it will likely make its way onto the Hyundai Kona N, which rumored to be revealed later this year.

We last spotted the Kona N testing in the snow, likely powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the Veloster N. The car has been spotted again, this time with less heavy black camouflage, getting ready to run on the Nurburgring.

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While this test mule does appear to have slightly less heavy black camouflage in the front and rear, there is still extensive use of foil to keep the details hidden. All of the N-specific details like the deeper front spoiler, more aggressive front end, and rear diffuser, are still covered up. This particular car is wearing a different set of wheels compared to previously spotted test mules. Early indications pointed towards the Kona N wearing very similar wheels as the Veloster N but the production version could go a different route. No matter which wheels Hyundai chooses, larger performance brakes will be nestled behind them.

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It is still unclear how much power the Kona N will produce. 250 hp seems like the minimum but Hyundai could also offer a Performance Package with 275 hp or more. This particular test mule was being benchmarked against the Cupra Ateca, a larger crossover with 300 hp, so perhaps Hyundai will give the Kona N a slight boost over its hot hatchback sibling. It is also unclear if the Kona N will be front-wheel-drive, like the Veloster N, or if it will adopt an all-wheel-drive system. We should have answers to these questions later in 2020.

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