Did you know today – April 27 – is Hyundai N Day? Yea, us neither. But there’s nothing to feel ashamed of, this is the first N Day. Hyundai has marked the inaugural celebration of fast, slightly torque-steery performance cars by giving us a new one. Meet the Hyundai Kona N. And yep, even this will torque steer, because it sends 276bhp to its front wheels.
What we have here is the latest generation Kona trickled down with the go-fast N bits. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that pumps out a healthy 276bhp and 392Nm of torque, making it a very capable SUV. With the launch control, it is said to do the 0-100kmph sprint in just 5.5 seconds.
Power is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed N DCT transmission, a wet-type unit with two separated clutches for better acceleration and a faster upshift. The N DCT enables three exclusive high-performance functions that are said to alter the SUVs performance by a fair bit. While their application might be great, we just can’t get our heads around the silly names – N Power Shift, N Grin Shift, and N Track Sense Shift.
Yet Hyundai assures us the N retains the necessary amount of SUViness, though, with the same ground clearance as a regular Kona and a selection of off-road driving modes. These operate separately from the usual suite of N driving modes which adjust the sharpness of the throttle, gear changes, exhaust note and suspension, while the gearbox has its own bunch of settings. You can even choose whether or not there’s a creep function when you lift your foot from the brake pedal at a standstill.
There are a plethora of electronic aids to extract the most from this hot SUV while also aiming it glued to the road. Hyundai does have the Kona Electric in India, but does it make sense for the brand to introduce the spicier version of this SUV? Maybe, but the brand is currently focused on introducing the N Line in India with the i20 which will infact establish a very strong base of these spicer Hyundai’s in the country. Maybe on the next N Day we might get a new surprise from the brand. For now, our fingers are crossed.