With a whole host of motorsport-inspired upgrades, it offers a winning combination of versatility, powerful acceleration, agility and racetrack readiness.
As the pinnacle in the KONA range, all performance enhancements and advanced technologies are included as standard on KONA N – 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, each designed to deliver maximum driving enjoyment.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the all-new KONA N’s N Corner Carving Differential, an Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD), allows the wheels to turn at different speeds by applying different amounts of torque, reducing understeer during fast cornering.
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 bumper 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.
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.
- Atlas White (£300)
- Cyber Grey (£565)
- Dark Knight (£565)
- Ignite Flame (£0)
- Performance Blue (£565)
- Phantom Black (£565)
- Sonic Blue (£565)
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.
Convenient technologies like wireless device charging, parking sensors and reversing camera, smart key, adaptive cruise control and a KRELL 8-speaker premium audio system also come as standard. To ensure the highest possible standard of safety, KONA N is equipped with a full array of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, too, 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).
"In a short space of time the Hyundai N brand has developed a fiercely loyal and enthusiastic following for its dedication to performance as well as usability. KONA N follows in the footsteps of i30 N and i20 N by delivering a driving experience that, we believe, is more thrilling than any competitors and, as confirmed by this latest announcement, at a price that represents extremely good value for money."
Ashley Andrew Managing Director, Hyundai Motor UK
All-New KONA N comes with Hyundai’s industry leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty.
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