2021 Hyundai Kona N - UK version

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The all-new Hyundai Kona N was developed based on N's three cornerstones: Corner Rascal, Everyday Sports Car and Race Track Capability. Kona N was designed to be fun to drive and will get the driver's heart beating faster once they get behind the wheel.

Rather than measuring pure numbers, like revs per minute (RPM), Hyundai Motor opted to emphasise driving pleasure and the emotional impact on the driver's heartbeats per minute (BPM). High-performance driving features and a performance-oriented instrument cluster contribute to Kona N's all-around sporty experience.

Kona N's design mirrors true high-performance vehicles and features Hyundai's cascading grille at the front, aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and a new rear spoiler. The design of the SUV enhances aerodynamic and cooling performance according to the principle "form follows function". Its enhanced design gives the all-new Hyundai Kona N an even more race track-inspired look. The connection between the car and the driver fuels its operation.

Corner Rascal

The all-new Hyundai Kona N loves corners. The N-shaped logo symbolises a chicane, the ultimate part of the track where Kona N achieves maximum traction, precision, and feeling. Its powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivers up to 280 PS and 392 Nm torque.

Hyundai Kona N was designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce lift. This keeps the car firmly on the road when maximum traction is crucial. The N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), improves grip and enhances maximum cornering speed. Cornering enthusiasts can deactivate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for maximum freedom. To ensure the highest comfort for the driver and passengers, the special sports seats offer top stability and lateral support in all driving situations.

Everyday Sports Car

Suitable for comfortable daily commuting on weekdays or race track driving on the weekend, Kona N is an everyday sports car. The 'hot SUV' offers a wide variety of customisation options in terms of performance and practicality, creating the best feeling for the driver. These include the N Grin Control System, its Electronic Controlled Suspension, Variable Exhaust Valve System, and a wide array of active safety and driver assistance features.

Race Track Capability

Compared to pure road-going cars, N models spend much more time on the race track and are tested at higher speeds. That means the driver can be sure that Kona N will perform well when taking it to a track day. A new AVN screen with high-performance driving options, as well as dedicated features such as Launch Control and Creep Off, ensure maximum performance while at the track.

The all-new Kona N is truly a race track-capable, everyday sports car, especially due to the variety of new features that enhance day-to-day and high-performance driving situations. While developing Kona N, Hyundai engineers paid extra attention to durability and race track performance. To ensure the best possible cornering performance, it was tested extensively at the Nürburgring.

A 'hot SUV' with a bold exterior design

Deemed a 'hot SUV', the look of the all-new Hyundai Kona N clearly illustrates a powerful presence and driving fun. It combines the new Kona base car's modern design with the N models' bold and dynamic language. At 4,215 millimetres long, 1,800 millimetres wide, and 1,565 millimetres high, the all-new Kona N is 10 millimetres longer than the new Kona and just as long as the new Kona sporty N Line trim. The 2,600-millimetre-long wheelbase remains unchanged compared to the base car. Its boot can support a range of outdoor activities with 361 litres of storage space. The lightweight 19-inch forged alloy wheels reduce maximum weight and increase strength while ensuring a great stance and an especially sporty appearance.

Kona N's wide and confident stance can be attributed to the combination of body-coloured claddings and 19-inch wheels. Meantime, the rich volume of the B-SUV's muscular body is emphasised by the body-coloured fenders. This gives Hyundai Kona N a close-to-the-ground appearance. The vehicle's powerful front-on appearance is completed with an exclusive front grille design with dedicated mesh, an integrated N logo, and the aggressive light signature of the new Kona. The Hyundai emblem in dark satin grey was lowered on the bonnet, moving the front focal point down. Kona N's bold and powerful exterior design also features distinctive design elements in N-exclusive red accents.

From the side, customers will notice the all-new Kona N's sporty silhouette. Further design features are indicative of a high-performance Hyundai N model, including N-exclusive forged wheels with a dark grey finish and red callipers, the N logo on the wheel cap, and a dual-colour side sill in red and the body colour with an engraved N logo.

The rear view is dominated by the prominent double-wing roof spoiler. Customers will also notice the N-specific iconic triangular third brake light. The red accent line and two large exhaust mufflers add to the performance spirit of the car.

Hyundai created a new exterior colour, Sonic Blue, for the launch of the all-new Hyundai Kona N. Sonic Blue is a light grey-white colour with a hint of Performance Blue. It was created with an SUV body shape in mind while still referencing the dedicated Hyundai high-performance colour Performance Blue. The all-new Kona N's exclusive new N SUV colour complements and contrasts with the other red, dark grey, and glossy black exterior design features, giving it a sporty new look.

Exterior colours:

  • Sonic Blue with Tomato Red accents - the new N SUV dedicated colour [launch colour]
  • Phantom Black Pearl with Tomato Red accents
  • Atlas White with Tomato Red accents
  • Cyber Grey Metallic with Tomato Red accents
  • Dark Knight Grey Pearl with Tomato Red accents
  • Ignite Red with Medium Metal accents
  • Performance Blue with Tomato Red accents

Interior design dedicated to high-performance driving

The interior of the all-new Kona N is designed for high-performance driving and features a performance-oriented look and feel. Sporty metal pedals and high-quality materials are included in the car. The N-exclusive sports steering wheel, whose design was optimised for the perfect grip and button layout for dynamic driving, is one feature that stands out. For even more convenience, two customisable N buttons on the steering wheel allow any sort of pre-set to be mapped according to individual needs, and paddle shifters allow the driver to change gears without taking their hands off the wheel.

For better grip and a sporty touch, the traditional handbrake has non-slip perforated leather and a thicker grip area for better control and a sporty feel. Kona N is one of few hot SUVs with a manual handbrake instead of an e-brake, allowing adventurous drivers to enjoy slides. Customers will also note N logos on the gear shift, door scuff, and seats, as well as the unique Performance Blue accents throughout the interior.

The all-new Hyundai Kona N is available in one-tone Black with cloth, leather, or suede sports bucket seats with pronounced side bolsters for excellent lateral support. All three seat styles come with standard heated front seats and optional heated rear seats. The suede trim comes standard with electric/power seats as well as ventilated front seats for more comfort and cooling.

Interior colour trims:

  • One-tone Black interior with Performance Blue accents and cloth, leather, or suede seats

A turbocharged engine with flat power

A turbocharged 2.0-litre T-GDI engine that produces 280 PS and 392 Nm of torque powers the all-new Kona N. It generates flat power, meaning it produces more torque and power at mid and high-range RPMs. In normal driving conditions, the new higher amount of torque utilises more of the engine's potential. The new engine power attribute also improves acceleration in the mid and high-speed range and delivers high-performance consistently, even in a variety of outdoor temperature conditions.

Highly responsive transmission with N DCT technology

The all-new Kona N, Hyundai's first high-performance SUV, comes with N DCT, an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission for improved acceleration and upshifting. The high-performance feature makes the car even more fun to drive.

N DCT, an enhanced version of Hyundai's in-house developed 8DCT, features improved durability to handle the demands of high-performance cars. Combined with a 2.0-litre T-GDI engine, the technology applies unique gear ratios for outstanding performance. N DCT combines the engaging experience of a sequential gearbox with the convenience of an automatic transmission.

Furthermore, N DCT is similar to a manual transmission in that it can deliver power, great shifting response, and fast shifting speed. N DCT is a wet-type transmission. This means that compared to dry-type gearboxes, it cools the clutch better by reducing the amount of friction between moving parts using two electrical oil pumps. This also allows more torque to transfer through the gearbox. The combination of oil cooling and the dual-clutch design provides the high-torque capability of a traditional automatic transmission with the high efficiency of a DCT.

On top of that, N DCT improves driving dynamics. To prevent overheating when the car is being pushed to its limits on the race track, the coolant oil keeps the clutch at the optimum operating temperature. N DCT will always ensure a smooth ride, even when the transmission undergoes increased exertion, such as on congested roads or steep inclines.

Hyundai's N DCT technology debuted in the Veloster N, a model sold in North America and South Korea. The technology was later added to the new i30 N as a result of the Hyundai N community's valuable input. Hyundai has outfitted all units of the all-new Kona N with N DCT.

N Power Shift, N Grin Shift, and N Track Sense Shift are three unique high-performance functions enabled by N DCT that are sure to bring a grin to the driver's face. These features use dedicated shift logic management to improve the car's capabilities.

When the car accelerates with more than 90 per cent of throttle, N Power Shift (NPS) activates, preventing any torque loss during upshifts and delivering full power to the wheels. This makes driving more enjoyable by providing a "push feel" while upshifting. The accompanying popcorn sound, which comes from the exhaust's partial cylinder cut, emphasises Hyundai Kona N's sporty performance. NPS can only be activated in N and Custom modes.

For 20 seconds, N Grin Shift (NGS) maximises engine and DCT performance. The car will immediately shift down to the most suitable gear to reach full acceleration. When the driver presses the NGS button on the steering wheel, a countdown appears on the instrument cluster, displaying how many seconds remain for this function. Drivers must wait at least 40 seconds after the "boost" has finished before using it again. This feature allows the driver to access the car's full potential with a press of a button when, for example, chasing the best lap time. When overtaking or merging on motorways, it can also be advantageous.

N Track Sense Shift (NTS), on the other hand, optimises adaptive shift for race track driving, allowing the driver to concentrate more on steering. It detects when the conditions on a race track are ideal for dynamic driving and turns on automatically. In sporty driving conditions, the car selects the correct gear and shift timing based on motorsport data and the driver's behaviour to provide optimum results, just like a professional racing car driver.

In contrast to conventional automatic transmission vehicles, Hyundai vehicles with N DCT allow the driver to switch Creep Off. When the creep function is disabled and the vehicle is in gear D, the vehicle does not roll when the brake pedal is released. This means that, in a race-type setting, the driver doesn't need to hold down the brake pedal but could instead allow their foot to hover over the accelerator pedal for a faster start. The custom settings can be used to allow or disable Creep Off mode.

Drivers can switch on manual mode using the paddle shifters or the gear knob on the all-new Kona N with N DCT. When the RPM cap is reached, the memory logic prevents the transmission from automatically upshifting. Manual control helps the driver to maintain high revs when required, ensuring a sportier driving experience.

High-performance driving features

The all-new Kona N is the first SUV to carry the N badge, and it does so without sacrificing driving pleasure or performance. The 'hot SUV' is the first Hyundai high-performance vehicle to feature a Performance Head-Up Display (HUD). When the Sport or N mode is selected, details such as RPM, speed, and shift indicator are displayed right on the windscreen.

With five distinct drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N, and Custom, the N Grin Control System provides customers with a high degree of customisation. These drive modes alter the character of the all-new Hyundai Kona N by modifying the engine, Electronic Stability Control, exhaust sound, and steering operating parameters to optimise them for a variety of driving conditions. In Custom mode, drivers can choose settings from a variety of other modes (Normal, Sport, and Sport+) for steering, suspension, or exhaust sound to fit their driving preferences and road conditions. The all-new Kona N's steering wheel is equipped with two dedicated N buttons that can be mapped to any kind of pre-set according to individual needs.

The Electronic Sound Generator (ESG) in the body panel supports a sporty engine sound from the exhaust and intake noise for a more emotional driving experience. An engine sound generator in the cabin, located at the base of the windscreen, adds some additional acoustic drama to fit the driver's mood. Variable muffler control also helps achieve the ideal exhaust sound for a great driving experience.

The all-new Kona N comes standard with the Variable Exhaust Valve System. The exhaust sound can be adjusted depending on the drive mode, allowing the customer to actively control the exhaust valve. The sound changes depending on how big the valve opening is. The active exhaust has several settings that allow the car to increase the volume of the exhaust sound when upshifting, giving the car its characteristic popcorn exhaust sound.

The all-new Kona, like other Hyundai N models, comes standard with Launch Control, which allows the car to take off like a professional racing car. It can be used in N mode with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) turned off or in Sport mode. When starting from a standstill, Launch Control with N DCT controls the amount of available engine torque, allowing the driver to launch the Kona N like a skilled racing driver with maximum traction and minimal wheel spin.

When the driver switches from a higher to a lower gear, the engine revs are automatically adjusted with Rev Matching. As a result, depending on the drive mode, it makes for smoother and sportier downshifts. The Rev Matching feature is enabled by default on N models with N DCT technology, so there is no need to press any buttons to enable it.

Uncompromising ride and handling

The all-new Hyundai Kona N is still an SUV at heart on top of its race track capabilities. Whether on the race track or the open road, Kona N delivers uncompromising driving ability. The 'hot SUV' provides excellent performance on a variety of surfaces, thanks to specially engineered 235/40R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tyres with an "HN" logo, which stands for "Hyundai N", that provide maximum grip mounted on lightweight, 19-inch forged alloy wheels. For added safety, a high-performance braking system that provides stability in changing driving conditions has been added. It has larger front and rear disc brakes that draw in more air through widened intakes on either side of the car's front bumper for better cooling. High-friction calliper material, a lower arm guide, and a heat shield all help to improve brake efficiency by providing improved cooling and heat endurance.

The all-new Kona N has an Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) system that controls the dampening force and improves handling and stability. With the push of a button, drivers can adjust the suspension stiffness to optimise the vehicle's reaction for a variety of driving conditions, whether on the road or race track.

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can be turned off for a more authentic race track experience. During cornering manoeuvres, ESC normally stabilises the vehicle by sensing any loss of traction and applying brakes to individual wheels. This ensures improved vehicle handling and stability in challenging terrains or unforeseen road conditions. The all-new Kona N's ESC has three modes for a customisable driving experience. "ESC - ON" offers maximum stability and is optimised for dry, wet, or snowy conditions. It also increases protection when driving in daily situations. "ESC - SPORT" is designed for use on race tracks. When the ESC is turned off entirely, the vehicle makes no engine or brake interventions to maintain stability. Rather, dynamic torque vectoring is allowed, resulting in more dynamic vehicle behaviour. For seasoned race track drivers, "ESC - OFF" is the best choice.

A Traction Control System (TCS) also regulates the driving force at the wheels based on the driving conditions, maximising traction and reducing slippage in off-road situations. If the TCS senses a wheel turning faster than the vehicle's detected speed, it changes the engine output using continuous feedback. The driver can choose from four different Traction Modes by pressing the Drive Mode button for improved handling in a variety of road conditions. In slick or snowy conditions, Snow Mode offers the most stability. Deep snow allows for more wheel spin, which increases traction and helps the drivers avoid being trapped in the snow. Mud Mode allows the car to launch on muddy surfaces with medium wheel spin. Sand Mode allows for more wheel spin while launching on sand. Traction Modes are active between 0 and 60 km/h.

In the meantime, the all-new Hyundai Kona N's N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), provides outstanding cornering results. Depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front axle wheel, this feature allows the wheels to spin at various speeds by applying different amounts of torque. This minimises understeering when cornering and eliminates wheel slip in complex conditions. Drivers can also round corners at higher speeds thanks to the N Corner Carving Differential, making the all-new Kona N even more enjoyable to drive.

Hyundai N models provide great value to the driver by having a new level of steering precision and responsiveness: The all-new Kona N adds a Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering system (RMDPS) with improved performance, increased rigidity, and a lower steering ratio to its base car. The electric steering assist system provides precise and accurate steering with a high level of feedback, just as a high-performance vehicle requires. The driver can choose from three different steering settings (Normal, Sport, and Sport+) to provide optimal steering efforts for a variety of situations, including city driving, country roads, and race tracks.

Furthermore, the N Power Sense Axle in the front, coupled with a multi-link style rear suspension, provides increased stiffness for better ride and handling.

Technical specifications

  • Dimensions
    • Length: 4,215 mm
    • Width: 1,800 mm
    • Height: 1,565 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
  • Engine: 2.0-litre T-GDI with flat power
  • Transmission: 8-speed wet-type DCT (N DCT)
  • Curb Weight: 1,510 kg / 1,569 kg (lightest / heaviest)
  • Power: 280 PS
  • Torque: 392 Nm
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • 0-100km/h: 6.4s