Hyundai N Working in a 2.3 Turbo w/ 7000rpm Red Zone

by Dec 15, 2020All News, Hyundai, N-Performance, Slider0 comments

Hyundai Motor Company’s high-performance sub-brand ‘N’ is already well known itself around the world. Including the sub-high-performance model N-Line, more than 10 vehicles have been released since the launch and at least two new N models will be added next year. But according to Kyunghyang Shinmun south korean newspaper, Hyundai is already working on a 2.3 Turbo gasoline engine with a Red Zone arriving to 7000 rpm.

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The sales volume is also increasing, mainly in Europe, where the i30 N has been selected as the ‘Sports Car of the Year’ by the famous German automobile media AutoBild. The High-performance vehicle fever started a few years ago, when premium german brands realized that this differentiated performance enhanced the brand image and helped improving sales. For this reason, most premium brands have high-performance model brands.

Most representative high-performance brands are Mercedes-Benz’s ‘AMG’, Audi’s ‘S and RS’ and BMW’s ‘M’. Volkswagen that could be recognized as a semi-premium brand also has its high-performance brand called as ‘R’. Hyundai Motor Company officially launched the high-performance brand ‘N’ by exhibiting the i30 N at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, much later than these companies. N is named after the initial ‘N’ of the Namyang Research Center, which is the headquarters of Hyundai-Kia’s research and development, and the Nurburgring Circuit, Germany, which is famous for its high-difficulty courses.

Next year, the N model line-up will grow with the addition of the i20 N production model as well as the refreshed i30 N facelift. The i20 N is the first model to be introduced. It has a 1.6 liter gasoline turbo engine with a maximum output of 204 horsepower and a maximum torque of 28.0 kg·m and a six-speed manual transmission.

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The i30 N facelift uses the same engine as the previous model, and like the Veloster N, will add the 8-speed wet DCT. The biggest change is the appearance, and the front and rear parts have been improved in a similar shape to the Sonata Sensual, making it much sportier than the previous model. The engine power is also increased to 280 horsepower. Unfortunately, it is known that the i30 N and i20 N will not be sold in Korea.

Also, Elantra N and Kona N will be added to the line-up after Hyundai released their decaf version with the N-Line badge, but what its more interesting is that according to the South Korean newspaper, Hyundai Motor Company is developing a gasoline 2.3-liter Turbo engine that will be used in future high-performance vehicles under N brand, and it is known that the Red Zone is at 7000rpm. We already have seen a prototype of the so-called RM23, based on the Veloster. We will try to get more info about this and share it as soon as possible.

Written by Jose Antonio Lopez

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

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