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Hyundai ‘N’ cars; new performance lineup coming

December 12, 2013

Hyundai will soon start selling dedicated performance cars as part of its new ‘N’ sub-brand. The company revealed the news while unveiling next year’s i20 WRC car in Germany.

2014 Hyundai i20 WRC

In a similar way other carmakers have a separate performance arm, Hyundai N cars will step into the market with motorsport-derived technologies, special features, and bespoke powertrains.

The new models will be based on Hyundai’s regular mass-produced vehicles, with the first model set to be a high-performance version of the i20 hatch.

So, why ‘N’? Well, it’s named after the company’s research and development centre in Namyang. The centre has played a big part in the development of the i20 WRC car (pictured), and it is home to the development of all Hyundai’s vehicles.

In the current lineup, Hyundai only offers a performance version of the Veloster; the Veloster SR Turbo. But even it isn’t a dedicated performance vehicle. Hyundai N cars are expected to really step up to the global frontrunners by offering all-new levels of performance.

Hyundai has been growing quite rapidly in recent years and has built up a lot of expertise in the industry which could very well translate into high-quality, premium performance machines for the future.

The ‘Hyundai i20 N’ is tipped to arrive on the scene some time during late-2014/early-2015.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.