‘The end is nigh for petrol-powered Hyundai N cars’

John McIlroy thinks it’s hard to see another combustion-engined N car rolling off the production line at Hyundai

Opinion - Hyundai i20 N

It’s a bit of an awkward question, but we should probably ask it: will we see another combustion-engined N car from Hyundai? The brand is committed to electrification overall, and while it competes with a hybrid i20 in motorsport, it hasn’t shown any inclination to bring that technology to its high-performance road cars.

If Albert Biermann is talking about downsizing EVs being something N “has to do”, then it could well be a sign that the division has been brought into line with company policy.

We’re expecting a (second) facelift of the i30 in the coming months, and that might include an updated i30 N. It’s also conceivable that the recently refreshed i20 supermini could spawn an i20 N with cosmetic tweaks.

Neither is a shoo-in, though, And in any case, it’s hard to see how any entirely new petrol-powered N model might get the green light. Biermann seems focused on delivering track thrills in a compact EV – scaling down the same approach that delivered the Ioniq 5 N. Ultimately, the reception for that vehicle may well ‘validate’ N’s push into pure-electric tech. It sounds as if Biermann and team are already working on the follow-up.

Click here for our review of the sensational Hyundai Ioniq 5 N...

Editor-at-large

John started journalism reporting on motorsport – specifically rallying, which he had followed avidly since he was a boy. After a stint as editor of weekly motorsport bible Autosport, he moved across to testing road cars. He’s now been reviewing cars and writing news stories about them for almost 20 years.

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