Hyundai of South Africa have added some warmth to the India-made i20 hatchback. Called the i20 N Sport, it was launched this week in SA, with prices starting from R235,500 (INR 11.75 lakh).
The N Sport package equipped i20 is powered by a 1.4-litre Kappa petrol engine, which has been tweaked to produce 115 PS of power and 160 Nm of peak torque. The 16-valve engine also employs dual continuous variable valve timing technology and multi point electronic fuel injection. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The suspension has also been lowered and stiffened, which accounts for a lower center of gravity, meaning that this Hyundai won’t be a handful when shown the bends. Braking performance has also been uprated, with the N-Sport package adding ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear, assisted by all-wheel EBD and 4-channel ABS.
To match the go, the i20 N-Sport’s show is boosted by a Sport Body kit, which includes subtle side skirts, a rear spoiler, along with front and rear bumper trim finishes. 17-inch alloy wheels with updated footwear should account for more grip, while N-badges on the front mudguards and rear hatchback door announce its sporting intents. Last but not the least, a stainless steel catback exhaust system should also make for a throatier note.