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Hyundai KONA N Test Mule Spied for the First Time

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The Hyundai N family will get a new member, because Hyundai is working on a Kona N version.

The performance version of the Hyundai Kona has been already confirmed earlier this year and now we got the first test mules on the road thanks to SB-Medien.

The Kona N test mule has sporty brakes with red brake caliper and a modified exhaust on each side like other N models.


Albert Biermann, the man in charge of Hyundai N-performance program recently revealed that he has told his engineers to start work on a test mule of the Kona, in the hope that it could get approval for production.

And he has given a strong indication of its likely powerplant: the 2.0-litre turbo petrol from the current i30 N, delivering 250 hp instead of 275 of i30’s Performance Pack variant.

“I’ve told them [the engineers] to build the car and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved,”said Biermann. “It has to be the i30 N powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N. But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes.”

Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Kia & Hyundai. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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