After a reasonably long wait, Hyundai has launched their ‘N’ Performance Brand and the first product is i20N.
Hyundai, after ages of speculations, has finally and officially announced their performance division. Called as ‘N’ the sub brand’s first product turned out to be the i20N, the performance version of the i20. However, the i20N has been launched only in South Africa as of now and there have been no confirmation whether it will be launched in India or not.
Powered by the same 1.4 litre petrol mill which in India is found in the Verna, the tuning results in the power output of 115.6 PS (up from 107 PS of Indian Verna). Torque has been improved to 160 Nm from 135 Nm. Transmission duties are overseen by a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The external changes includes a new sport body kit with 17 inch alloys and a new exhaust. The i20N also gets a stiffer body shell and suspension, increased wheelbase and a lowered body height for a low centre of gravity. The free flow CAT back exhaust system is also an added feature both for visual as well as auditory satisfaction.
Apart from this, the company has quite an interesting plan lined up for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Hyundai plans to showcase their next WRC challenger which will make its debut at the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at Rallye Monte Carlo.
The second product for them under the N sub brand is the RM 15. Based on the Veloster RM (Racing Midship), the RM 15 uses lightweight construction without compromising on strength. Claiming a reduction of body weight of 195 kilos, the company uses hybrid lightweight body structure with carbon fibre. The engine is a 2.0 litre Theta GDI mill producing 300 PS of power and 382.5 Nm of peak torque.
Their last product will be the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept. Presently set to be seen exclusively in PlayStation’s Gran Turismo video game series, the car tries to showcase the company’s future perspective. Using sustainable technology and a race car design, the concept model oozes of futuristic looks straight out of a science fiction movie. While details are not known yet but expect some hybrid system mated with an internal combustion engine.