The latest Nurburgring video gives us a taste of what to expect.
Having proven that it can build a proper hot hatch with the Hyundai Veloster N and European market i30 N, Hyundai is going about testing a fast version of its compact crossover, the Kona. We spotted the Kona N last month in a series of photos, although much of its body remained covered in heavy camouflage.
While the camo remains, we now at least get to hear what the hot crossover sounds like thanks to a video shared on the YouTube channel Auto Addiction. Filmed at the Nurburgring, the sight of a small SUV being punished around the famous track is far removed from the plethora of Porsche 911s and AMG Mercs one usually sees here.
At around the 30-second mark, you'll be able to hear the Kona N's turbocharged engine note through a pair of large round tailpipes. We must say - it sounds properly aggressive, just as an N-badged Hyundai should. Granted, there is a limit to how much of a melodious note can be extracted from a turbo-four, but this does the job.
When it is revealed later in 2020, the Hyundai Kona N is expected to share the Veloster N's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Following the Veloster N's most recent upgrade, this motor produces up to 275 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque and is now paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. According to The Korean Car Blog (KCB), the Kona N is likely to make use of all-wheel drive, as opposed to the Veloster which powers the front wheels.
The pre-facelift 2020 Veloster N runs to 60 mph in comfortably under six seconds, so the new Kona N (which doesn't weigh all that much more than the hatchback), should be capable of similarly rapid acceleration that should leave rivals like the Honda HR-V eating its dust.
KCB also indicates that the sporty crossover will have N-specific 19-inch wheels, skid plates, large muffler tips, and the obligatory red-painted brake calipers (already visible in these photos) as a visual cue of its performance potential. For now, details like the deeper front spoiler and the rear diffuser remain concealed, but the Kona N is shaping up nicely and we'll keep you updated as more details become known about this SUV.