Kona adds sporting

pinnacle to range

Hyundai Kona N, front static 2
Hyundai Kona N, front static
Hyundai Kona N, rear static

HYUNDAI'S new Kona N - the performance version of the company's popular SUV - costs from £35,395 and will touch 62mph in a brisk 5.5 seconds and max out at 149mph.

Sitting at the pinnacle of the Kona range, all performance enhancements and advanced technologies are included as standard -the only optional extra is a range of metallic, pearlescent and special paint finishes.

Power comes from a 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission -upgraded over the standard version - allows for three distinctive driving technologies, each designed to deliver maximum driving enjoyment.

They include a launch control function that helps the Kona N hit its fastest acceleration.

The new Kona N is also equipped with an electronic controlled suspension (ECS); drivers can influence the stiffness of the suspension with the push of a button to optimise the vehicle's response for a variety of driving situations. The Kona N's (ESC can also be turned off to allow drivers to use the full array of the car's abilities without restrictions.

The exterior design features body-coloured design elements with N-exclusive red accents. At the front, larger air openings fulfil the cooling needs of the N-tuned engine. The front splitter of the bumper has been increased in size by 10 mm to improve aerodynamic drag and balance.

A lowered ride-height, N-exclusive alloy wheels in a dark satin finish, red brake calipers and exclusive side sills in red all showcase the latest in N performance design.

At the rear, the large, double-wing roof spoiler dominates the view, alongside a triangular third brake light. Lower down on the rear bumper, a large diffuser enhances the airflow departure and minimises turbulence. Its red accent line and two large exhaust mufflers further emphasise the performance spirit, says Hyundai.

The Kona N is available uniquely in a newly developed colour, Sonic Blue, designed especially for an SUV body type while still referencing the well known Hyundai N Performance Blue. The exclusive new N SUV colour complements and contrasts with the other red, dark grey, and glossy black exterior design elements.

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