The Hyundai i20 N Sport, a performance version the regular Elite i20 hatchback, has already been on sale in the South African market since August 2015. The i20 N Sport comes under Hyundai’s high-performance ‘N’ brand that was first showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The Hyundai i20 N Sport receives multiple cosmetic enhancements along with a more powerful engine and improved performance.
On the exterior, the i20’s performance variant features N-badges on the front mudguards and rear hatchback door, 17-inch alloy wheels with a graphite finish and a stainless steel free-flow cat-back exhaust system. What further enhances its appeal is a sporty bodykit that includes front and rear bumper lip spoilers, side skirts and a rear spoiler.
Coming to the engine, the Hyundai i20 N-Sport derives its power from a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder 16-valve petrol engine boasted with DCVVT (dual continuous variable valve timing) and MPFI (multi-point electronic fuel injection) technologies. Power and torque figures of this gasoline motor stand at 113.98bhp and 160Nm respectively. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the Hyundai i20 N Sport can do 0-100kmph sprint in 8.9 seconds. It has an electronic limited top speed of 190kmph.
On the other hand, the regular Hyundai Elite i20, with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder Kappa petrol engine, delivers 81.83bhp and 114.7Nm of torque. It takes 13.2 seconds to achieve 0-100kmph with a top speed of 170kmph. While the i20 N performance variant returns an average fuel efficiency of 12.04kmpl, the standard model offers 18.6kmpl.
Brakes of the Hyundai i20 N Sport are better than the regular model. The car gets disc brakes at the rear axle, coupled to a 4-wheel electronic 4-channel ABS system with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and stiffer springs. These stiffer springs are claimed to reduce the car’s CoG (center of gravity) that results in better handling. The suspension system, too, has been tweaked for sporty performance. It comes equipped with MacPherson struts and semi-independent with torsion beam axle at the front and rear respectively.
Hyundai i20 N Sport India Launch
Already on sale in the South African market, the i20 N Sport might also make its way to India. Though there is no official confirmation about its India launch yet, we expect it to enter our shores sometime in 2017.
Hyundai i20 N Sport Price
In the South African market, the i20 N Sport is available at 265,900 Rand (Rs 11.44 lakh).
Hyundai i20 N Sport Specifications
|Engine||1.4-liter, four-cylinder 16-valve DCVVT petrol|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||8.9 seconds|
Hyundai i20 N Sport Features
N-badges on the front mudguards and rear hatchback
17-inch alloy wheels with a graphite finish
Stainless steel free-flow cat-back exhaust system
Front – Ventilated disc
Rear – Solid Disc
4-wheel electronic 4-channel Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
Front – MacPherson struts
Rear – Semi-independent with torsion beam axle
Source – AutoWorld