Here’s a Korean company that wants a piece of fast cars by turning their everyday, economical models into powerful, performance cars, and for that, it needs a cool performance emblem. Well, they have decided to call it Hyundai N or for short just “N”. The first model released under this division was the i30 N which became controversial for its pricing and it being dubbed a “GTi killer” and that gave the Veloster N a stage to shine while the i30 N received all the backlash but it is still a pretty good car.
Some reports suggest Hyundai is testing a new 2.5-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder engine that will be used in the upcoming N models and surprisingly there’s a lot. The Hyundai Kona might be getting that N badge alongside the Elantra and Tucson. All these models should use the new engine but the Veloster N and i30 N will continue with the 2.0-litre engine that they are currently using.
And with the facelift coming of the i30 N, it will now feature a 7-Speed Automatic which fans have been dying to see in the i30 N as it only came with a 6-speed manual. The manual is great but modern hot hatchbacks need a quick-shifting gearbox to be extra fun, ask DSG.
The former BMW M employee who helped with the development of the i30 N has seen a great deal of success with the Hyundai N division and a lot more is coming. The Volkswagen R division has a new competitor and it should not be taken for granted.
Source: Carmag South Africa