Ahead of its full reveal in the coming weeks, Hyundai has now revealed the first teaser for the all-new i20 N supermini hot hatch, its latest full-blown high-performance model, not to be mistaken for the i20 N Line which was also unveiled not too long ago.
Although still based on the same Sensuous Sportiness design language from the original Hyundai i20, the full N model is visually much more aggressive when compared to the all-show-and-no-go N Line model. It seems to have also drawn some inspiration from the i20 WRC rally car, evident by the larger air intake required to sufficiently cool the bigger engine and brakes.
At the side, bespoke 18-inch wheels with a matte grey finish and N-branded brake callipers, along with unique side sills underline its sporty silhouette. Completing the overall look is a distinctive rear spoiler which enhances its aerodynamic prowess.
Just like its elder brothers, the all-new i20 N’s will also be available in the Performance Blue livery – exclusive to Hyundai N models – with Phantom Black roof for an optional two-tone style, as well as red exterior accents to further shout “I’m a race car!”
While Hyundai only said that the i20 N will come with a turbocharged engine in the official press release, some European publications were given the opportunity to test drive a pre-production prototype unit, which revealed the juicy mechanical bits underneath the hood.
The Korean carmaker’s latest Polo GTI rival is set to be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged mill, good for 204 hp and 275 Nm of torque. It will be paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission, with a respectable 0-100 km/h of around 6.7 seconds.
While we patiently await for more information on Hyundai’s latest supermini hot hatch, here’s an audio clip of the throaty exhaust note from the i20 N, complete with pops and crackles to help alleviate some of the excitement.