Hyundai’s pair of fiery hatchbacks have made native landfall and we have been on the native launch as we speak within the Western Cape, sampling the Korean agency’s newest spiced up wares – the i30 and Kona, each in ‘N’ guise.
N, for… not gradual? All of us knew that Hyundai meant enterprise once they poached Albert Boermann from BMW M to go up their N efficiency division. Anybody can shoehorn a robust motor right into a rekey trying automobile, however the dealing with is the difficult bit. If anybody is aware of a factor or three about dealing with, its outdated ‘Bertie from the block.
Very similar to Gordon Murray likes to forget about the SLR McLaren when trying again on his illustrious profession, we are able to think about the N-boffins do the identical with the i20 N. The i30 N is the place issues actually grabbed our consideration, and now they’ve up to date what many thought of to be not solely an admirable first try, however a genuinely sensible hot-hatchback.
With it’s spectacular construct high quality and endearing seems to be, the Kona has proved to be fairly the success for Hyundai, garnering spectacular gross sales numbers around the globe. It could make sense, then, to create some form of a crossover-hot-hatch lovechild, then, and beat the Kona with the N-stick. The result’s the Kona N (it’s very tough to not kind Konan) a star performer in CAR Magazine’s 2022 Performance Shootout.
Native pricing for the pair is R749 900 and so they cone customary with Hyundai’s spectacular 7 years / 200 000km Producer guarantee, 5 12 months / 75 000km service plan and 7 12 months / 150 000km roadside help.