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Hot Ford Fiesta ST Soon Gets a Rival From Hyundai

Hyundai N Performance expands the brand’s performance lineup. The Hyundai i20 N hot hatchback will soon be added.

Based on the Hyundai i20 hatch, a high-performance N version is being developed. The test mule is already undergoing dynamic tests. It is still difficult to say whether the sports version of the i20 N will be based on a new-generation hatchback or a current car.

Hyundai N’s boss Albert Birmann believes a hot supermini is needed, although it has many competitors: the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208.

The choice of engines for the i20 N remains a secret. Mr. Birmann confirmed before that the planned Kona N would receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 250-hp motor. The Hyundai i20 N may well get it too, albeit in a less potent variant.

The i20 N’s engine will likely develop about 200 hp, that is comparable to the Fiesta ST’s output.

All the i20 Ns will be front-wheel driven, but some versions probably have a limited-slip electronic differential.

Hyundai i20 N test mule

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