Kona N is the first N model with an SUV body style. “Kona N is a true hot SUV with the performance level of a hot hatch. It breaks the rule that SUVs are less fun to drive. As an N model, it goes beyond the limits of an ordinary SUV,” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “Kona N can carve corners on the racetrack and bring excitement to everyday driving.”
Kona N is powered by a 2-litre, turbocharged GDI engine with an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). N DCT is the enhanced version of Hyundai’s in-house developed 8DCT, an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission. To make it suitable for N models, the 8DCT received improvements in durability, allowing it to handle the demands of high-performance vehicles.
The powertrain delivers a maximum output of 280 PS. With N Grin Shift, the power is enhanced to 290 PS, maximizing driving fun. The engine offers flat power that ensures high responsiveness and improved acceleration for even more fun on the road or on the racetrack, thereby utilizing more of the engine’s potential. Kona N has a maximum speed of 240 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 5.5 seconds, when launch control is activated.
Hyundai Motor implemented N Corner Carving Differential, an electronic limited-slip differential (E-LSD) on Kona N for control of torque distribution to driving wheels, delivering maximized fun when carving corners. Kona N also is equipped with 19-inch lightweight forged wheels with high-performance brakes and tires.
Even at the base trim, Kona N comes with launch control, variable exhaust system and N Grin Control System, offering the same driving fun at all levels. N Grin Control System offers customers a high level of customization, with five distinct drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom.
Kona N is equipped with new 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system featuring a racing head-up display (HUD). The new infotainment system’s ‘N mode design’ provides game-like experience with digitalized elements.
Just like popular racing video games, Kona N has customizable N buttons that can be set to toggle custom modes. The custom modes can be pre-set according to the driver’s preferences. The buttons can also turn on and off the lap timer.
For Europe, Kona N is equipped with N Road Sense that automatically recommends the activation of N mode when double-curved road signs are detected, enabling drivers to enjoy every second of their drive to the fullest.
The combination of body-colored fenders and 19-inch wheels provides Kona N with its wide stance. The body-colored fenders emphasize the rich volume of the B-SUV’s muscular body, giving Kona N a close-to-the-ground appearance. The N-specific, 19-inch wheels ― that have a wider track than other wheel options ― are pushed to all four corners to ramp up Kona’s already powerful visual impression.
The newly developed, N-exclusive Sonic Blue exterior color is a new spin on Performance Blue, the color most associated with N brand to date. That means Kona N is the only car that can wear Sonic Blue at the moment but previews a possible SUV lineup expansion.
Kona N’s front lip spoiler, double-wing roof spoiler and side skirts enhance aerodynamic efficiency and provide styling cues that declare its racetrack readiness. The wide lower air intake dominates the front bumper with a shape inspired by an aeronautic fuselage, providing much-needed engine cooling during hot laps and spirited driving. The double-wing roof spoiler, which is integrated with N-specific triangular brake light, enhances downforce while providing visual flair.
Kona N is equipped with a full array of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Alert (RCCA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).