Hyundai is expanding its N performance range with the introduction of the new Kona N, a car that was introduced as a pioneer in the segment.

Hyundai Motor UK has announced the pricing and specification of the all-new Kona N, the first performance SUV in the N line-up, starting from £35,395. The only optional extra is a range of metallic, pearlescent and special paint finishes.

Kona N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged GDI engine with an 8-speed dual-clutch N DCT transmission. The transmission – upgraded over the standard DCT – allows for three distinctive driving technologies.

N Power Shift (NPS) engages when the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle, mitigating any reduction in torque during upshifts to deliver maximum power to the wheels. When NPS is used while the Launch Control function is active, the all-new KONA N can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds.

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N Grin Shift (NGS) maximises engine and DCT performance for 20 seconds, directly shifting down to the most appropriate gear and delivers maximum performance with one press of the NGS button. After the “boost” has ended, drivers must wait at least 40 seconds to use it again. Meanwhile, N Track Sense Shift (NTS) optimises gearshifts for racetrack driving, helping the driver to focus more on steering. Based on motorsport data combined with the driver’s behaviour, the car selects the right gear and shift timing during track driving to provide optimal performance.

The all-new Kona N is also equipped with an Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS); drivers can influence the stiffness of the suspension with the push of a button to optimise the vehicle’s response for a variety of driving situations. Kona N’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can also be turned to ‘OFF’ to allow experienced drivers to use the full array of Kona N’s abilities without restrictions.

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The exterior design features understated, body-coloured design elements with N-exclusive red accents. At the front, the iconic KONA front end is complemented by large air openings that fulfil the cooling needs of the powerful N-tuned engine. The front splitter of the bum per has been increased in size by 10 mm to improve aerodynamic drag and balance. A lowered ride-height, N-exclusive alloy wheels in a dark satin finish, red brake calipers and exclusive side sills in red all showcase the latest in N performance design.

At the rear, the large, double-wing roof spoiler dominates the view, alongside an iconic triangular third brake light. Lower down on the rear bumper, a large diffuser enhances the airflow departure and minimises turbulence. Its red accent line and two large exhaust mufflers further emphasise the performance spirit.

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Kona N is available uniquely in a newly developed colour, Sonic Blue, designed especially for an SUV body type while still referencing the now-iconic Hyundai N Performance Blue. The exclusive new N SUV colour complements and contrasts with the other red, dark grey, and glossy black exterior design elements.

Kona N’s interior features Blue colour accents as well as N-specific seats, steering wheel, shift knob and metal pedals. It’s equipped with a 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system featuring an exclusive racing head-up display (HUD), able to communicate updates such as lap time and N track maps.

Source: Hyundai