The testing was done in Arjeplog to “evaluate the reliability of the vehicles under extreme cold, as well as test their performance in motorsport-like conditions,” according to Hyundai, while being driven by Hyundai WRC driver Thierry Neuville.
“Very interesting car,” he said. “Very precise. Very easy handling. The engine is revving nicely and the noise is very interesting as well.”
Hyundai stopped short of detailing the i20 N further, stating that more will be revealed soon, but early rumours point to the new model being powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The 1.6-litre engine is the same one found in the i30 N-Line and Veloster Turbo, which punches out 150kW/265Nm, and could be hooked up to either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.
Comparatively, the Ford Fiesta ST makes 147kW/290Nm, the VW Polo GTI makes 147kW/320Nm and the Renault Clio RS produces 147kW/260Nm.