HYUNDAI KONA N, IS PROMOTED AS A ‘TRUE HOT SUV’

Hyundai Australia says it’s taking the SUV high performance market, “to the ‘N’th degree with the importation of the all-new Kona N.”

This is the first Hyundai N model with an SUV body.

It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with 206kW and 392Nm. With “N Grin Shift” selected the power is enhanced to 213kW and is mated with Hyundai’s N eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission.

Standard racetrack-ready equipped includes 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance brakes and Pirelli tires.

Kona N has a maximum speed of 240km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, when Launch Control is activated.

The Kona N also features Hyundai’s “N Corner Carving Differential”, which is an electronic limited slip differential (E-LSD) for controlling torque distribution to the front driving wheels.

For Australia, Kona N will be offered in two trim levels and will go on sale locally in the third quarter of this year, priced from $47,500 MLP.

More details will follow later and we will list them, as well as following up with what we expect will be an exciting road test.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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